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Shallot Seeds - Zebrune

Botanical - Allium cepa (Aggregatum group)

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V-SHA-01
 
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Other Names - Banana Shallot, Cuisse de Poulet du Poitou…

Zebrune is classed as a banana shallot because of its long torpedo shape and mild sweet flavour. It has a pinkie brown skin and white flesh and has a good resistance to bolting. The banana shallot is in much demand and popular with gourmet cooking because of its excellent flavour and can be used to replace onions in recipes. The good sized bulbs of Zebrune can be stored over the winter months.

  • Has a good resistance to bolting.
  • Produces a pinkie brown skinned onion or banana shallot with a delicious sweet flavour.
  • An old trusted heritage variety.

Suitable For - Vegetable plot, raised beds

Sowing Months - February - March

Harvest - July - September


Gardening is about finding the right balance! Try growing Companion Plants close by to help deter pests.

  • Lettuce and shallots grow well together.
  • Chamomile and summer savory - these two herbs if grown nearby are believed to improve the growth and flavour of alliums.
  • Beetroot, Kohl rabi, strawberries and cabbages are good plants to grow close to shallots as they do not compete against each another.
  • The leaves of the Comfrey plant can be used to make a nutrient rich liquid fertilizer, used as a compost accelerator, a slug repellent and a nutritional mulch.

Soil Preperation

Add well rotted manure or compost a few months before sowing or planting. Remove any weeds and apply some general purpose fertilizer 1 - 2 weeks before sowing or planting. Before sowing rake the surface when dry to produce a fine tilth.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Biennial, grown as an annual Module Grown & Transplants
Type N/A Distance between plants 25 cm
Position Full sun Distance between rows 30 cm
Average height 45 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 25 cm Sowing distance between plants 1 cm
Hardiness Hardy Distance between rows 30 cm
Overwintering Stored Sowing depth 1 cm
Soil Ph 6.5 - 7.0 Germination temperature 8 to 25℃
    Days to germination 7 - 14 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Shallots grow well in clumps and will not need to be thinned. Sow 7 - 8 seeds per 4 cm module. As soon as germination starts reduce the heat and move to an area with good daylight exposure. Keep the compost moist but do not overwater. After 4 - 6 weeks plant out (depending on speed of growth). Harden off over a few days before planting out. Plant out at the distance suggested above. Firm the soil around each clump and water well.

Direct Sowing

Sow 1 - 2 seeds every 1 cm at the depth and row distance suggested above. Lightly cover the seeds with fine soil and water well. When the seedlings are big enough to handle thin to 2 cm apart keeping the strongest seedlings removing the weak. Firm the soil again if needed. When the seedlings start to grow stronger and straighten up, thin again to 5 - 7 cm (the greater the distance the bigger the bulb can grow). Firm the soil again if needed. Remove any thinning's from the area (larger thinning's can be used as salad onions).


Growing On

Weed often especially in the early stages as the growing seedlings resemble blades of grass when young and can very easily be smothered by weeds. Water seedlings well in dry weather. Older plants will need to be watered every 7 - 10 days during dry weather. The plants will benefit from a mulch of compost to help prevent the surrounding soil from drying out in the summer heat.


Harvesting

When the bulb is mature in July / August the foliage will start to turn yellow and will fall over. On a dry day, carefully lift the shallots up. If dry weather is forecast, lay the shallots side by side along the surface of the soil to dry out in the sun.
However if wet weather is forecast remove all of the crop from the garden and dry indoors over 10 - 20 days (longer if the air is humid and cold and the shallots are large in size). If by late July the stems of the shallots growing in the garden are still green and the weather is continually wet the shallots will need to be picked, necks bent back then bunched together with string and hung to dry indoors. They will be dry enough to store when the skins and stems of the shallots are dry and crisp to the touch.
Store in net bags or boxes or for a traditional storing method try plating each shallot stem onto strings to form a string of shallots. Store in a cool dry shed or garage until mid to late spring. Do not store damaged, bruised or any bulbs showing signs of disease.

TIP

Growing a row of shallots on either side of carrots can help to confuse and deter the carrot root fly.

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