shallots outdoors and onions indoors?

imtoobusy(z6b)March 23, 2005

Last year I got sets for everything and this year I decided to go with seed. Can someone tell me if I am on the right track?

I planted the shallot seeds last Friday outdoors in 4" wide rows, seeds are sprinkled with a target of about 3/4 inch between them. The onions (red bulb "mars", bunching "oasis" and red mini "amethyst", were all planted in cell packs with 4-6 per cell (as per "the new organic grower" by Eliot Colemann). None of the onion seeds have germinated yet. I put them off to the side in a 70 room so they weren't getting a lot of heat or light. Since I saw no germination I have just moved them over the heat, close to the window.

I am assumming that the shallots will be very small this year and I should save some of the bulbs to plant next year (or should it be next fall?)?

Thank you for any and all comments!

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ksrogers(EasternMass Z6)

I plan to try and grow shallots from seeds here. Soon, the weather will clear enough so that I can plant them directly outside in a long single row spaced about 3-4 inches apart. Not sure how long they take to mature, but suspect that they are about the same for most onions of the short day types. Should I also start these seeds indoors now? I also this only because the weather isn't yet warm enough to get most seeds to germinate yet.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2005 at 7:25PM
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garliclady(z7 NC)

I plant Shallots in the fall so if you get some from seed try planting sets this fall

    Bookmark   March 29, 2005 at 7:06PM
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mindsmile(z5 ma.)

I think the seed shallots dtm is 100 days give or take.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2005 at 7:26AM
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ksrogers(EasternMass Z6)

I decided to plant them in small pots indoors now. The weather here is still too cold outside to plant. I figure that in a month, I should have a sizable growth in the pots and then they get transplanted. The package didn't say what was a maturity date, so the guess of 100 days may not be off.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2005 at 12:32PM
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