Seeds - Shallot, Cuisse de Poulet du Poitou OG (F)



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Description: These long, tapered & exceptionally sweet shallots are prized in France as well as the home of Patrice Fortier, Quebecois farmer/seed saver/muse, who pressed these seeds into the hands of our partners at Fruition Seeds with an electric enthusiasm back in 2014. They’ve been saving them since, enraptured by their lovely length (they are such a pleasure to prepare in the kitchen) as well as their savory sweetness that deepens as they store, all winter long, in the cellar.  

Pack Size: 50 seeds

Latin Name: Allium cepa
Main Uses: Vegetable

Days to Maturity: 100 days to maturity
Exposure: Full sun

Germination: 10 - 21 days, depending on soil temperature. The ideal temperature is 21˙C.
Sowing indoors: 10 - 12 weeks before planting out date. It is preferable to start shallots indoors, as opposed to direct seeding them.
Outdoors: Spring sowing is not recommended in zone 3, due to the short season. One option is to plant seeds in late fall, just ahead of the snow. 
Planting depth: Between 1/8 & 1/4" deep
Spacing: Space transplants 4” - 6” apart
Planting out: Plant in well-drained fertile soil once seedlings are established and serious risk of frost has passed. Shallots require lots of light to grow well, so located in the sunniest areas of the garden.

Harvesting: Shallots can be picked sparingly through the growing season for their tasty greens (avoiding cutting too much of the central stock). The mature bulbs mature in late summer or early fall; maturity will be evident by the withering or browning of the stalks. Harvested bulbs are cured/dried for about 4 weeks to improve storage life. 

Growing in Containers: Well - for large raised beds, half barrels, and other good-sized containers.

Fertilizing (Containers): Plant in a quality, organic- potting mix with good drainage. Shallots require lots of nitrogen for the first half of the growing season, so supplement with a quality organic such as fish-based fertilizer.

Watering (Containers): Water deeply when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Check every day or two during very hot weather.

Growing in Mixed Planters: Grows very well in larger mixed planters and raised beds - think square-foot gardening!

Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in a garden recently amended with compost. The bi-weekly application of Kelp fertilizer is beneficial. Shallots require lots of nitrogen for the first half of the growing season, so supplement with a quality organic such as Evolve Fish Grow. 

Watering (Garden): Water deeply to establish. Water mature plants weekly during hot weather.

Garden Companions: 

  • Companions plants: Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Lettuce, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Beets, Tomatoes & Summer Savory.
  • Improving the flavour: Plant Shallots/Onions near Cabbage, Beets, Strawberries, Leeks, Lettuce and Chamomile to improve their flavour.
  • Avoid: Planting Shallots/Onions near Beans, Peas, and Sage as they do not complement each other.

Suitability for Indoors: Not well-suited for indoors.

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