Ambition Shallot going to Seed

ihategazingballs(5 SE WI)June 30, 2012

I started my ambition shallots from seed several years ago and have been trying to build up the number that I have. I had poor germination the first year from seed so I only had a few. Anyway, I noticed this year and last that about half of the saved ambition shallots go to seed when I planted them like normal shallots. Would it be worth my time to save seed from those that are going to seed and just try starting them from seed next year just like you would with onions? I know the down side of saving onion seed and saving hybrids, but would like to know if anyone has tried it or has input.

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cybrczch(5)

Ambition is a hybrid (F1) so if you save seed, you will not get Ambition but a genetic roulette of traits. No harm in trying if you are curious, don't rely on it for your yearly crop though.
Shallots are like onions, if they are started from sets, they will act like a biennial and send up a flower spike if they were big enough sets. I just break off the flower spike and the bulbs develop normally. BTW, I grow Ambition also, from both seed and from the previous years' sets for the REALLY big shallots I use to impress my friends LOL.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2012 at 10:37PM
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gardenvt

I started Ambition Shallots from seed last year and planted a couple of them in the fall when I planted garlic. They came up looking strong but they got the flower bud in early June this year. I pulled the flower bud but they didn't bulb up at all.

I planted about 15 Ambition Shallots that I had from last year in April this year and they are amazing! Almost all of them have divided into 5-6 very large shallots. I plan to keep some of them to plant next spring.

As a side note, the shallot sets I purchased for planting this spring did not divide that well and are not as large as Ambition.

Try planting your sets grown from seed in the spring.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 2:58PM
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gardenvt

A little update on the shallots that I planted in the fall. It seems that they dug themselves deeper than I had planted them and they do indeed have some very nice size bulbs.

So, to increase your stock of Ambition, just keep planting the sets from each year. Don't bother trying to grow the seed because you just don't know what you will get. the sets are a sure bet because they are a clone of the plant.

Good Luck!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 1:40PM
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