Some of the shallots we planted last fall have seed heads...will it help produce larger bulbs if I cut them off?
I think it will, as its what you do with garlic in order to get bigger heads. I've just planted both some seeds as well as bulbs and hope that by the end of summer, I will have some tops, or at least more than I planted.
Thanks ksrogers. Good luck with your shallots. We have lots of scapes already on our Chinese Pink and Elephant Garlic, but none on Music and Lorz... And the onions have seed heads as well. I recently read that is unusual for onions, so I am wondering if it is also unusual for shallots.
Elephant scapes usually are first for me Music will come later and Lorz will have no scapes they are a softneck.
The Garlic Lady
The only things I see that can be called shallots are the actual bulbs and small black seeds from the tops that blossom.
Depending on a lot of things, onions often are prone to bolt. Especially sets. If they are subjected to stress, ie, lack of water or extreme heat,they seem to like to put up those seed heads. At least that the way it goes here.
I get seed beads on my yellow shallots every year and I remove them.
The round ball of seeds produced by a chive can become invasive. Even though I usually put all the seeds back into the same chive area, a few get away. This year, a couple are sprouting where my soaker hoses are stored during winter, which is at the opposite end of my garden. I also had a few coming up for several years next to my patio, and still can't figure out how they got there. I have removed them and sprayed the area with weed killer for two years now, and they still show up every spring..
My limited understanding: Onions are biennials. They are programmed to bolt in their 2nd year. When they do bolt, it may not be their 2nd year, but they think it is (i.e. they're under stress, etc.). Shallots: Not all types bolt. I have little experience growing those that do, but I do have some this year. I'll let some bolt and see what happens. Will report my results later this year in the allium forum.