Shallots are one of the easiest members of the onion family to grow because they mature much faster, and are also easier to care for. Learning how to grow shallots is not only easy, but fun too! Let's keep reading to see how to grow shallots , care for them, and harvest them too! Often confused with green onions, shallots are actually very different. Shallots have a much milder flavor than onions do, and also have a garlicky flavor to them as well. To distinguish shallot bulbs from onion bulbs, all you have to do is look at the actual bulb – shallots are actually made up of cloves like garlic.
How to Grow Shallots – A Gardening Guide
- Grow shallots in loose, well draining oil that's been amended with organic matter.
- Plant in an area with full sun.
- Plant in early spring as soon as the ground is workable.
- Each bulb should be planted about an inch or two deep with the tips slightly protruding from the soil.
- Space them about 8 inches apart.
- While shallots are growing, it's important you water them thoroughly, but once they're started to mature, you can cut back on the watering.
- Add a thin layer of mulch around to keep moisture in.
- If shallots were planted in spring, they should be ready for harvest in mid-summer to early fall.
- If they were planted in the fall, they should be ready in mid-winter or early spring.
- Harvest shallots once the bulbs are about 1/4 inch around. Wait for the leaves to turn yellow before pulling.
Now that you know how to grow shallots, it's time to roll up your sleeves and start planting!
Shallots ARE NOT composed of ‘cloves’ like garlic!