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growing shallots in zone 5

Posted by never-give-up z5 (My Page) on
Sat, May 9, 09 at 10:09

I would like to try growing shallots this year. I have googled and searched on seed selling sites and the info differs as when to plant them in my zone. Should they be planted in the spring or fall here?

Anyone grown them in z5? Thank you!


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RE: growing shallots in zone 5

I have grown shallots here in Maine in zone 5. I planted from seed in the spring and they did very well.

Jon


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RE: growing shallots in zone 5

Thank you very much Jon, I appreciate it.


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RE: growing shallots in zone 5

The first time I grew shallots, I ordered and planted them in the fall with my garlic. Didn't know any better, and I guess I didn't read the instructions too well. I always mulch the garlic bed pretty thickly with shredded leaves, and the shallots did just fine. I guess nobody told them they weren't supposed to survive either. :-) I'm in zone about 5 1/2. So even though spring is the ideal time to plant them, if you like shallots a lot, you might try planting some in the fall for an early harvest, too. I have some coming along right now that must be from ones I missed in last year's crop.


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RE: growing shallots in zone 5

Thank you colleen mi. I will try a second crop in the fall. I don't have any place in the house or cellar that provides the right conditions to keep things. I so wish I had my moms root cellar. Being able to get a spring crop of shallots as well would be great!


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