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Shallots, Holland Red

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Fast growing mild garlic alternative.

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A sweet, mild garlic alternative: aromatic, pungent, and flavorful. Fast-growing coppery-red bulbs with reddish-purple inner rings. Long storing, up to 6 months.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

90-120 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

2 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

30-35 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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Aug 27, 2018

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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: Mar-07 - Last Date: May-16

How to Sow

  • Sow in the North in early spring after danger of a heavy frost. In the Deep South, Gulf and Pacific Coast areas, sow from fall to early spring.
  • Choose a sunny location with loose, well-drained soil. Do not plant where members of the onion family were planted previously.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Sow thinly in rows 18 inches apart. Cover with ½ inch of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
  • Thin to stand 2-4 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches tall.

Planting Bulbs:

  • Plant as soon as possible after receiving bulbs, in spring or fall.
  • If you are unable to plant right away, store in a dry, cool, well ventilated, frost free location until you are able to plant.
  • Choose a sunny location with loose, well-drained soil. Do not plant where members of the onion family were planted previously.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones. Incorporate generous amounts of quality compost and a slow release fertilizer before planting.
  • Separate bulbs into individual cloves.
  • Make a shallow furrow 1-1 ½ inches deep and lightly press in cloves about 4 inches apart in rows 18 inches apart. Plant with the pointed side up and cover with 1 inch of fine soil.
  • Firm soil and water.

How to Grow

  • Transplants should show new growth after 4 weeks of 50 degree F weather.
  • Never let plants dry out; shallots are shallow rooted and very sensitive to dry conditions. Keep 6 inches of soil moist.
  • Side dress with fertilizer.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
  • Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • If immature shallots are desired, before complete bulb development, harvest and use immediately. Immature shallots are edible at any size but do not store well. In 30 days, greens may be harvested. In 45 days, green bulbs may be harvested.
  • In 90-120 days, mature shallot bulbs may be harvested.
  • When ¾ of the tops have fallen over, bend over those still standing to hasten drying. After all the tops are yellow, pull up plants with their clusters of bulbs attached, and allow them to dry in the sun for a few days. Look at the weather forecast and pick the driest days to do this.
  • Spread out in an airy place until the tops are completely dry, about 2-3 weeks.
  • Braid tops together or cut tops to 2 inches above the bulbs. Discard rotting bulbs. One rotting bulb will spoil the bunch.
  • Store in a dry, cool, well-ventilated space.
  • Shallots can also be made into a carmelized jam, or pickled.
Days To Maturity
90-120 days
Fruit Size
2 inches
Full Sun
12 inches
30-35 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
3 inches
Life Cycle
Shallots, Holland Red is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Holland Red Shallots I bought these two months ago- they were shipped quickly. I have harvested them. They are a bit smaller than I hoped for but the flavor is excellent .
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots of bulbs Planted in the fall, and was slow to start . But once the weather warmed, it really took off . Lots of bulbs, not huge , but nice .
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shallots I bought this as I wanted to pick fresh whenever I need them. Not disappointed! The shallots have done beautifully.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very healthy Couldn't find them in my area really disappointed thought I had waited to long which I had. But then I remembered you guys. am so glad I did the highest quality I have ever had Will not forget this order best harvest of shallots I have ever grown.
Date published: 2016-09-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from They all died They sprouted really well and then went belly up. It was probably my fault though for not watering them enough. I wish I had been encouraged to plant them in the fall because I now know that's a better time to do so.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious Milder Garlic & Sweet Onion Taste!! I have grown these shallots along with sweet onions and the early italian garlic for a few years now. It performs well in 10" deep well drained soil of composted manure, top soil, a bit of play sand, bone meal, blood meal and a 10-10-10 slow release fertilizer. The shoots catch on fast and take about 4 to 6 months to come to harvest. The flavor is a cross between a sweet onion like a georgia granex or texas sweet, mixed with a very mild back note of garlic. This is one that people who don't like strong onion or garlic taste in their cooking will love. I always have plenty every year to use for various dishes.
Date published: 2010-10-07
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