Overwintering Shallots.........

cugal(5b-6a NE Ks)September 30, 2013

First year growing shallots & I'm needing some input please...... NE Kansas winters temps can dip below zero in January & February ..... With a ffd of October 15Th....

Planted sets 6 weeks too early (early September), so my question is, using low tunnels with Agribon 19, can I grow these to maturity? The tops are already 10 - 12" tall.........

I planted garlic in mid October last year (for my first time), heavily mulched but without a low tunnel & it produced some really nice cloves this spring.

I can usually grow all the cool season vegetables under cover until the first week of December, so that date would give my scallions about 120 days.......

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obrionusa(5)

First off I have not grown shallots, but grown garlic for several years.
Most long day alliums get their size when the days are getting longer. So trying to grow them in the winter will probably not produce a very large bulb.
Personally I would mulch heavily with straw. Then start more at the right time.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 5:54AM
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theforgottenone1013(MI zone 5b/6a)

Agree with obrionusa. Your shallots probably won't bulb up this year but you can eat them at any time as green onions.

As for trying to get them through the winter, I wouldn't cover them with anything. Just put a thick layer of mulch down. They should make it through the winter and produce bulbs next year.

I grow shallots the same way as I do garlic. They are planted around the same time (in October) and are usually harvested around the same time (in July).

Rodney

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 10:39AM
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cugal(5b-6a NE Ks)

Thanks so much folks! Yeah, rookie mistake on my part....... Guess I'll mulch these & roll the dice!

To be perfectly honest, I purchased these sets from a local nursery thinking I was buying onion sets. It was only after I had planted them that I discovered I'd bought shallots.... Please humor me, I'm old........LOL

    Bookmark   October 1, 2013 at 12:05PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

With severe winters (DOWN TO 0F), I think you can plant them in the earliest spring when the ground can be worked.

You should experiment different methods. Un less your County Ag specialist can give you an advice. OR learn it from the locals.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2013 at 7:07AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

I have a suggestion, might be worth experimenting.
Since the tops wont make it through 0F, you might as well cut them and enjoy them as green onions, then mulch the bed.

I am better than 95% sure that they will grow new tops next spring and bulb.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2013 at 1:59AM
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planatus(6)

I agree with Sey.....Shallots are very tough perennials when well rooted, and your plants are. They can lose all their tops to cold or harvesting and will come back like gangbusters in the spring. I would mulch some to prevent topsoil loss over winter but not to insulate the roots. Hope for snow, they love it.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2013 at 7:19AM
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cugal(5b-6a NE Ks)

Thanks folks! I'm feeling a bit better about my rookie mistake...... ;) Harvesting the tops sounds like a great idea! Snow in NE Kansas is a pretty sure bet, so they should thrive....

    Bookmark   October 6, 2013 at 5:24PM
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