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    I bought some packaged British shallots early this year from a supermarket (at a good price) and planted them out in the spring. Unfortunately they have not produced either roots or shoots. The bulbs are expanding some and I can see a few are splitting a little. I have seen posts of a similar nature where the response has been give it time, but these have been in a number of months. I can easily pull them out as no roots are present and cannot see any crawly things. Any suggestions.

  • #2
    Have a read of this, it might help
    If I'm not on here, I'm probably fishing.


    • #3
      I have found with garlic that it will not sprout until it had been cooled or even frozen.
      It sprouts pretty quickly in the fridge.
      I would guess that shallots are the same.
      Try buying some and splitting the bag and put half in the fridge and then plant a row of each and see how they go.


      • #4
        Were the deffo shallots and not eschallots?
        My Majesty made for him a garden anew in order
        to present to him vegetables and all beautiful flowers.- Offerings of Thutmose III to Amon-Ra (1500 BCE)

        Diversify & prosper


        • #5
          Thanks for your comments. They were labelled as shallots being the traditional round in shape, not the banana type which I find tend to soften quicker when pickled.


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