Zebrune Shallot (100 Days)
A french variety also known as echalions ,banana shallots or Cuisse de poulet which translates to chicken thigh. The Zebrune Shallot has an elongated, tapered shaped bulb, copper skin, and white flesh. A cross of an onion and shallot that combines the sophisticated flavor of a shallot, the ease of slicing and peeling that comes from an onion. Stores well.
Please note that germination rates for alliums (onions/shallots/chives/leeks) decline rapidly. We strongly encourage you to purchase new seed each growing season.
Germination: 5-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 60-75ºF.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/4" deep
Sowing Indoors: Start 8-10 weeks before the last frost with soil temperatures 60-75ºF. Sow in flats 1/4” deep, 1/4” apart. Transplant seedlings out mid/late spring, 2-6” apart. Liquid fertilize seedlings every 7-10 days. Seedlings size should be about a pencil thick at transplanting time.
Sowing Outdoors- Early to mid-spring when soil temperature reaches at least 55 ºF. Sow 1-3 seeds per inch, thin to 2-6” apart. The larger the bulb size the more space.
How much does a packet plant: 15-30 foot single row
Harvest- Stop watering a week before harvesting. Pull out when necks soften and start to fall over. Cure them in the sun for a few days then finish drying them out of direct sunlight, in a warm area, and in single layer so air can circulate around them until the neck is dry. Store in a cool dark place with 35-40ºF temperatures and 65-70% humidity.
Tips- The Zebrune Shallot needs fertile, well drained soil. Amend with compost or apply organic granular fertilizer. Adequate water is very important for optimum growth, 1" per week.