I Think I Screwed Up with Shallots

earthworm73(WA z8)March 27, 2008

A week or two ago I planted shallots for the first time. Not knowing what the heck I was doing I seperated the bulbs and planted them instead of laying the whole bulbs intact. I hope they will grow but doubt it. Anyone want to chime in?

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snider1946(6)

It shouldn't be a problem as long as there was some basal plate on each piece. I've never done it but I have read you can take a knife and cut the larger bulbs as long as each piece has some of the basal plate.

Robert

    Bookmark   March 27, 2008 at 10:19PM
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earthworm73(WA z8)

Ok but what is a basal plate?

    Bookmark   March 28, 2008 at 2:47AM
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piedmont_nc(z7b NC)

Earthworm, although I'm also a newbie to Shallot growing (see earlier post "Shallot Startup Questions" in this forum), I'm pretty certain you'll be okay. You are definitely supposed to separate the bulbs out - basal plate notwithstanding.

I separated all the bulbs (from the grocery store) and planted in Feb - all sprouted over a month's time and are going gangbusters now.

:^)

Cheers!

    Bookmark   April 3, 2008 at 12:03PM
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