Golden Shallot (Bulb)

Allium cepa var. aggregatum

Bulb, Supplied Loose (NOT TO NT, TAS, WA)

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  • Sweet mild flavour
  • Stores well
  • One bulb produces 4-12 shallots
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Golden Shallot (Bulb)

Allium cepa var. aggregatum

Synonyms: Allium ascalonicum


  • Sweet mild flavour
  • Stores well
  • One bulb produces 4-12 shallots

Shallots are members of the Allium family, and grow as a clump (or 'set') loosely attached at the base. Golden shallots are medium to large (similar in size to a small onion) with a sweet, mild flavour. Golden shallots can be stored for up to 12 months. In the kitchen, Golden shallots have firm white flesh that caramelises well. Use them in soups, stews, pickles or raw. The tops of the green leaves can also be eaten like a spring onion, leaving at least half the height to provide energy for the bulbs to grow.

If you have struggled to grow onions in the past, shallots are more forgiving and will not disappoint, each bulb multiplying from one bulb to 8-12 bulbs in 25 weeks.

Product code: Z-SHA-01

Quick Planting Guide
Method Sow direct
Sowing Depth 5cm
Season Autumn, Winter and Spring
Hardiness / Life Cycle Frost Hardy Perennial (usually grown as an annual)
Row Spacing 20cm
Plant Spacing 20cm
Plant Height 40cm
Position Full sun, well drained soil
Days Until Maturity 175 days

How To Grow

How to Grow Shallots

Family: Amaryllidaceae
Binomial name: Allium cepa var. aggregatum
Life Cycle: perennial (usually grown as an annual)

When to Plant Shallots

Shallot is a cool season crop. Use the table below to identify the best time of year to sow shallot in your climate.



Shallot plants are best grown in full sun. Choose a location that will receive at least 6 hours of full sun each day.

Shallot plants need a loose, well drained soil enriched with organic matter. Prepare soil by weeding it thoroughly, digging it over to at least a spade’s depth to loosen the soil, and adding aged animal manure or compost. Organic matter can be dug into heavy soil to lighten it so roots can grow freely. Keep the area free of weeds until planting.

How to Plant Shallot Bulbs

Shallot bulbs are best planted directly in the garden.

  1. Plant individual bulbs 20cm apart with the pointed tip facing upwards and just visible above the surface of the soil.
  2. Cover with soil and water in well.
  3. Keep soil moist but not wet until shoots emerge.

How to Grow Shallots

Shallot plants may need watering during the growing season. Water when the soil is dry about 5cm below the surface (test this by scratching away a little soil with your finger). Water deeply in the early morning or late afternoon. Avoid watering the leaves of plants to avoid fungal diseases. Learn more about watering here.

If soil was well prepared no extra fertiliser should be necessary. Fertilising can result in excessive leaf growth at the expense of roots forming. In poor soil use a fertiliser low in nitrogen and high in phosphorus, such as blood and bone, applied at the recommended rate.

How to Harvest Shallots

Shallots should be ready to harvest in approximately 175 days. Shallots are ready to harvest when the leaves begin to fall over and before the plant flowers. Use a fork to gently lift the entire plant from the bed, shaking off the excess soil. Place the whole plants on wire racks or hang them in bunches, leaving them in a dry cool place for 2-3 weeks to cure. Cut the dried leaves off 3-4cm above the bulb. Shallot bulbs can be stored in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.

Common Problems when Growing Shallots

Like all plants, shallot is susceptible to some pests, diseases and other problems. Below is a list of the most common problems gardeners encounter when growing shallot plants:

  • Aphids
    Aphids are small (2-4mm long) sap-sucking insects that congregate on the new shoots or the undersides of leaves. They can cause leaves to wilt or become discoloured, and also excrete honeydew which can attract ants and other insect pests. To manage aphids, remove them by spraying with a garden hose, apply a soap or alcohol spray, or encourage predatory insects to your garden. Read more about aphids here.
  • garlic bulb
    Bulbs not forming can be caused by harvesting too early, inconsistent watering or weather, planting bulbs or cloves that are too small, or too much nitrogen during the growing season. Plant varieties suited to your climate, do not over fertilise, water regularly and harvest after the leaves have started to die down.
  • Bolting is when a plant prematurely flowers and goes to seed. Bolting can be caused by a period of extreme weather. Avoid sowing seed until after the danger of frosts has passed or in very hot weather. Water plants regularly and deeply in hot weather to prevent them suffering heat stress.
  • Rust fungus
    Rust (Puccinia sp.) is a fungal disease that causes brown to orange raised spots or patches to appear on foliage. Fungal spores are spread by wind or water to neighbouring plants, especially in temperatures of 10-20C and when humidity is high. To manage rust, space plants to avoid overcrowding, grow them in the recommended amount of light (eg full sun), do not over fertilise crops, remove dead plants and practice crop rotation. Read more about rust fungus here.
  • Leaves of an onion plant
    Onion thrips (Thrips tabaci) are flying insects less than 1.5mm long with slender pale yellow to light brown bodies. They suck sap from plants, leaving silver patches on the leaves and reducing the productivity and yield of plants. Thrips can live in the inner leaves and leaf folds of alliums, and may also infest bulbs. Wash thrips from affected plants using a garden hose, spread an organic mulch around plants, and encourage predatory mites and lacewings with companion planting.


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