shallot 'Red Sun'
red shallot sets
- Position: full sun
- Soil: any soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Other features: each pack includes growing instructions and recipes
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Often regarded as the best red-skinned variety, it produces bumper yields of crisp, white fleshed bulbs that have a really good flavour. It is perfect for cooking, pickling, or eating raw in salads or for pickling. They store quite well too! Sets are the easiest way to grow shallots in the garden, and will mature faster than those grown from seed. Plant very early in the season, in mid-February if possible, in a sunny position. Allow shallots room to splay out and produce clusters of bulbs.
- Garden care: Plant onion sets from mid-February to March, 15cm (6in) apart in rows 30cm (12in) apart. Leave the upper third of the bulb showing as shallots are more prone to rotting in damp soil. On average shallots take approx 26 weeks to mature. Lift the onions when they are mature and allow them to dry before using.
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