A great vegetable for growing indoors is shallots. Not only are they very easy to maintain, they also have a long life span and produce beautiful flowers. There are many types of shallots, all different colors. There are several different varieties of color as well, depending upon how they were cultivated and whether or not they were bothered or not. This article will focus on planting shallots in containers.
Where to Plant. In Colorado, shallot bulbs are best planted in fall or spring. The preferred bulbs are usually planted similar to onion ones but are successfully kept and harvested longer like garlic. Each bulb does, however, develop into a full cluster of small shallots.
Planting Tips. Despite their size and tendency to grow up and spread out, shallots do fairly well in a small space. You should make certain to plant them up high so that they have plenty of air circulation, but do not hesitate to dig a little hole underneath the soil if you are planning to use a pot. That way, water and dirt will drain out of the pot and onto the bare soil where it belongs.
Where to Buy. Unlike onions, shallots do not generally need to be picked off of the vine. A bulb from your grocery store should work just fine. However, if you wish to try your hand at growing shallots, you can purchase small containers of nursery soil at your local nursery or hardware store. Just remember, as with all bulbs, you should purchase a good quality product so that your plants thrive.
Mulching. Because they come in large blooms, it is important to remember that bulbs and most other vegetables should be mulched during the spring and summer to help keep them healthy. To prevent white rot, you should water deeply during the summer and allow the soil to dry between waterings. Your bulbs will also benefit from having the soil around them stay damp; this helps to reduce evaporation of water from the roots.
Planting. Till your garden to the depth of an inch or so. That may seem like a lot of work for a simple vegetable garden, but shallots tend to grow much more densely than most other bulbs. As a result, you should be prepared to deal with the additional work involved in planting.
Fertilization. In the absence of any other planting material, and as long as the land is free of weeds, you should lightly plant your shallots. However, to help ensure that your bulbs thrive, you should follow the planting instructions for each variety. The best time for planting, as with other vegetables, is in late spring, after the warm season has finished, and after a rainfall. You can use a good organic fertilizer, available at most garden centers, on your plants; you should not use a commercial fertilizer, available at most supermarkets, unless you are sure that the vegetables you are planting are absolutely safe to use with that fertilizer.
harvesting. You should separate your bulbs from their leaved roots as soon as they are planted. Harvested shallots should be stored tightly wrapped in plastic, in large pots, until you have time to properly dispose of them.
Fall planting. Fall planting is recommended because it ensures a good harvest in late autumn. Harvested shallots should be stored tightly wrapped in plastic, in large pots, until you have time to properly dispose of them. After fall planting, you can dig up the plants and spread out all of the soil. You should take special care not to bruise the roots during this process.
Harvesting. The best time to harvest shallots is in the winter, after the warm, summer months have passed. During winter, the soil may have begun to dry out excessively, if it had not been properly watered. You can move the plants to a shaded area or place them in large pots, with a covering of straw, to keep the moisture in.
Growing points. Some varieties of the Allium genus, like cinara canes, produce a gummy mass of roots. This mass, called a rhizome, contains all the edible parts of the bulb, including the veins and the rhizome. Other bulb types do not have this characteristic. The most important characteristics of the various bulb types are described in the next section.