Shallot Lorient F1
Shallot Lorient F1 Hybrid. Finally a shallot you can reliably grow from seed! British-bred Shallot Lorient has been developed over 14 years with UK gardeners in mind. This superb variety offers superior performance compared to other seed varieties, and matches planting sets (immature bulbs) in terms of reliability, garden performance, and pest and disease resistance. Shallot Lorient is tough from the get go, making a strong start even in a cold spring. Mildew resistant and slow to bolt under the summer heat, this top-performer soldiers on to produce long, richly-sweet bulbs that add a real gourmet depth to any dish where onions are called for.
Height: 35cm (14″). Spread: 15cm (6″).
March – May
July – August
How to sow
Direct sow shallots outdoors from late March to April on any firm, well drained soil in full sun. Sow thinly at a depth of 1cm (1/2″) and a distance of 30cm (12″) between rows. Prepare the planting area several weeks in advance by incorporating some well rotted garden compost to improve drainage and soil fertility. Avoid planting shallots on freshly manured soil. On particularly wet ground, try growing shallots in raised beds. When large enough to handle, thin shallot seedlings to 4cm (1 1/2″). Cover with a protective netting or fleece to prevent attack from birds and insects.
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