Shallots. Something that isn’t that easy to find in stores. Meaning that you might want to grow your own in your backyard.
These vegetables are growing quite easily, but the one mistake people are making is when it comes to harvesting it. By harvesting it too early, or even too late.
This is the number one secret to shallots. Knowing when you should harvest it, to get the most out of your shallot garden.
These are some essential information about when to harvest shallots.
What Are Shallots?
Shallots are difficult to find, and many confuse it with other vegetables. Many people are confusing shallots for onions. Because they look similar, many people think that this is the same type of vegetable.
However, this isn’t the same. It is a member of the allium family, just like onions, and garlic.
It has the same look as onions, but shallots are longer, brown, and taste completely different. It also doesn’t have layers like onions. The taste is also completely different.
The other difference is that you harvest shallots differently from onions.
Planting It in the Right Conditions
Before you can worry about harvesting shallots correctly, you need to make sure that you are planting it correctly as well.
If you don’t plant it in the right conditions and care for it correctly, you will not be able to harvest shallots correctly.
This is one of the main reasons why many doesn’t harvest shallots successfully. They didn’t plant it correctly to start with.
Take your time and do as much research as possible, before you start growing these vegetables. To make sure that you are planting it correctly as well.
Why Is It Important to Harvest Shallots Correctly?
Because shallots are growing under the ground, you will not be able to see if the shallots are ready for harvesting.
And, once you have pulled the plant out, there is no turning back. You might not have any shallots, because it wasn’t ready.
The other reason why it is important to harvest shallots correctly is that you might lose the shallots in the ground. By just pulling out the plant, leaving the actual vegetable behind. This does happen all the time, because of the wrong conditions.
This is why it is important to make sure that you know exactly when and how to harvest shallots correctly.
Signs That Shallots Are Ready to Be Harvested
There are some signs that you should look for to know that the shallots that you have planted are ready to be harvested.
If you know the signs and you are looking for these signs, you will know exactly when you can pull the shallot plants from the ground.
First of all, shallots are ready to be harvest three to six months after planting. If you think that your shallots are ready before then, you are going to regret harvesting it.
The first sign that shallots are ready to be harvested, is the same as onions. When the top is turning yellow, and fall. The stems of the shallots need to be dry and yellow. Not only just one or two of the stems. The more stems are dried out, the better.
Many are just pulling the shallots from the ground. Not a great idea, because you might break some of the shallots off and cause you to lose some of it.
You need to make use of a shovel. Digging up the plants, this way will ensure that you get all the shallots out, safely.
After you have pulled it from the ground, you need to shake off all the dirt and hang it just like onions. It needs to dry out before you can use it. You need to be careful not to damage the skin of the shallots, while it is drying.
Tips to Harvest Shallots Successfully
One thing that you need to remember is that when you are harvesting the shallots, you might be tempted to do it while the soil is wet.
This isn’t a good idea.
Experts are saying that the best time to harvest your shallots is when the soil is dry. It might make the actual harvest difficult, but it will be best for the shallots, and to get it dry.
Making the time that you need to dry the shallots out so much shorter.
Shallots might be mistaken with onions.
But, their planting and harvesting are quite different. If you love shallots, you might want to consider planting them, because finding it in stores is difficult.
But, many are struggling with harvesting shallots.
With this guide, this isn’t something that you will struggle with anymore. You will have success with your shallots, and you will be able to enjoy them in just a couple of months after you have planted it.