Vegetables and Fruit forum: Kentucky - Shallots - bulbs sprouting - plant now?

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Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
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UrbanWild
Jan 19, 2017 8:23 PM CST
Some shallot bulbs I was going to plant in spring have decided they are ready to go. I have been keeping them at 55-60ºF. We will have temps mainly in 50s - 60s for the next week and likely 30s the following week. Anyone see issues with me planting them now? I don't know how to keep them from growing the next 4-6 weeks otherwise. I know the tops could die back but maybe not the bulbs?
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Feb 15, 2017 11:19 PM CST
Hi UrbanWild -- sorry, just saw this and maybe you've already decided to do something, but I would say yes, go ahead and plant them. Shallots can be planted in the fall or in the spring.
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Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
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UrbanWild
Feb 16, 2017 10:00 PM CST
I did. And then I kept finding them resurface...and then almost wholly eaten save a few still left. This happened for a week or so. I suspect my squirrels. I didn't know they would stomach the onion flavor.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Feb 17, 2017 9:55 AM CST
I hate when things like that happen! I've never had squirrels bother my onion sets... but maybe that's because I (almost) always cover them with Reemay when I plant them, to keep my cat from digging them up.
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Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
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UrbanWild
Jul 5, 2017 8:06 PM CST
Ok, so the shallots that survived the grey horde have done well and are near harvest. Since curing takes about a week, and we don't get cold until late, would I be wrong assuming I can rack off another harvest and maybe even plant a 3rd series by fall to overwinter in the ground? Pics coming tomorrow.
Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.

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