How to Grow Shallots

Many people prefer the sweet, milder flavor of shallots as an alternative to onions. They can be harvested earlier and stored longer than onions.

When to Start: Early spring
At Their Best: Mid-fall
Time to Complete: 1 hour

Materials Needed:

  • shallot sets
  • string line
  • rake

When to Plant

In late winter or early spring, prepare the bed as for onions. Plant shallots in well-drained soil, spacing them 6–8 inches apart. Make a small hole, then push the shallot into the ground so the top is just showing.

Garden Shallots in a Row

Garden Shallots in a Row

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Lift Bulbs

Shallots form small clumps of bulbs, which you should lift intact. Dry and store them whole, somewhere dry and well ventilated, and break off individual bulbs as you need them. They will store well for up to 12 months.

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