I have planted garlic for years, but this is the first time fo
shallots. They were planted from sets. They are well grown. I hav
been breaking off the flower stocks as they come out. The tips of th
green tops are starting to brown. I read somewhere that yo
need to pull the soil back to expose their tops?? I don't know if tha
is correct. Any advice or thoughts would be appriciated. Thank
Not familiar with UK climate for allium crops, but I've been growing
shallots (in New England) for about 2 years now. I treat them like
storage onions: i.e. I let them grow until late summer when the tops
start to die down (not just a few brown tips, which may indicate they
need water). You can use a few during the summer, but I generally wait
until they get a good size, which is generally late August or later.
I never tried pulling the soil back to expose the top of the bulb and
they did just fine. They generally push themselves out of the ground a
bit as they grow.
Mine never set flowers. I assume that they're biennial like other
alliums and would set flowers in the second year. Since I start mine
from seed they're all first year plants. Never tried sets.
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