Those summer residents who have already tried to grow shallots, in 9 out of 10 cases, will unanimously say that this vegetable is much better than onions. The latter is much more familiar to our compatriot. However, in the new season it is high time to think about how to try to grow exactly shallots. After all, it is tastier, larger, and some even argue that such an onion is also healthier. Here's everything you need to know.
1. Where to get planting material
If you want to try growing shallots, you first have to get some planting material. There are two options available for the summer resident. The first is the use of seeds. It is best to buy them in specialized stores. This method is considered "long", since you first have to grow a set from seeds. This procedure takes two years! The second option is to buy sets in a store or from hand. This method is more preferable, as it allows you to get both bulbs and feathers in the first year.
2. Grow shallots from seeds
The agricultural technology for growing shallots from seeds is no different from the agricultural technology used for growing other similar crops. It is best to plant somewhere in the second half of March in deep containers. In this case, it will be possible to plant onions in the garden as early as May. Watering, feeding, weeding are no different from those for any other onion. The first crop can be harvested as soon as the feathers fall. Most likely, the first generation bulbs will turn out to be quite small. The taste of such onions is not much different from onions.
3. We grow shallots from sevka
The agrotechnology of growing shallots from sets is also no different from the technique used for onions. In this case, it is best to plant onions in the same way as potatoes - in long rows. It is recommended to make the row spacing as wide as possible. This is necessary to facilitate further care, including watering and weeding the crop. Shallot sevok is planted in the ground throughout May. It is desirable that the ground be wet at this moment. As with onions, shallots are soaked in a seed dressing to kill pests. Do not forget about timely watering and feeding.
4. The main secret of a large shallot
Many compatriots are repelled by the fact that its heads are small. This happens for two reasons. Firstly, the set produces a whole bunch of new bulbs and nothing can be done about it. Secondly, shallots react to long feathers differently from onions. If you cut off greens from onions, then it will very quickly stop growing in principle. With shallots, things are exactly the opposite. This onion should be pruned continuously. As soon as the greens reach a representative size, they should be removed. Only in this case will the bulbs increase in volume.
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