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SodaCaster
Feb 2, 2018 7:40 PM CST
Hello, I have a question about my shallot that I planted a while ago.

My shallot came from the supermarket, and it was left on the counter for a couple of weeks, then it started to sprout. I have little to no experience in planting at all. I planted this shallot a while back. I think October or November. After reading online about shallots, the top part was bolted? Online says to cut the bolted part off so I can use it for seeds; however, I'm still in the dark about harvesting and how to plant these again.

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This is what the shallot looks like. The bottom part with all the roots was detached when I was trying to remove the plant.
Do shallots look like this? Two large stems sprouting up from a single base with no leaves?
What can I do with this shallot, is it still edible?
And if the bottom part with the roots was still attach to the shallot and I didn't pull it out, would it have grown its top part back?

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How do I get the seeds from this bolt? I heard that drying the bolt will release the seeds, if so, how long?

Also, any tips and advice will be highly appreciated!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 2, 2018 8:07 PM CST
Welcome!

Your stems are just that, stems. The bulb has either been used up in growing the two stems or is still down there in the ground. Did you look for it?

Your seed head is a flower head with unopened flowers. It will never have seeds but you could cut it up and put it on your salad.

My only suggestion is you go to the store and buy another shallot and eat it before it sprouts.
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Name: Jude
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
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obliqua
Feb 2, 2018 9:20 PM CST
The flower that you are calling "the bolt" will produce seeds, if you allow it to remain on the growing plant.
The flowers must dry and develop into the seeds.

It is best, especially in your part of the country to plant seeds. You can buy seeds that are pre-spaced in a "seed tape", which is probably best for a beginner. Planting instructions come with the seeds. Compost added to your existing soil will help nourish the seedlings.
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SodaCaster
Feb 2, 2018 9:35 PM CST
All I found was the bottom part of what I think was the bulb. It has roots on the bottom.

So the bolt part is edible?

Also, did I mess up by cutting the bolt and pulling the plant out? And in the future, if I do manage to grow another shallot to the state like this, I just wait till the bolt dries up and dies to get its seeds?
Name: Jude
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
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obliqua
Feb 2, 2018 9:53 PM CST
The bottom "root" will put up a new shoot if you leave it in the soil.

The "bolt" is edible, but if you are looking to develop seeds, do not cut it from the stem. The seeds need time to develop from the little flowers contained in the, bolted area. They have to go through a process to make the seeds, and must be attached to the plant and growing. It may take a month or more to develop into seeds. Observe the flower head and gradually, you will see the flower become seeds.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Feb 3, 2018 9:22 AM CST
Jude is correct, and your guess was correct.
All those little buds will open to flowers that need to get pollinated by little bees or bee flies. Then seeds mature.
Looks like you might have a few seeds. Put seed heads into a plastic bag. Rap them around some, on table, flick them wilt fingers, see if any seeds come out. Seeds are about a big around as the buds.
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