dormant shallots in tunnel

James O Sullivan asked 12 years ago

I tried growing onion shallots in a poly tunnel for spring use. I couldn’t find any so I bought some in the supermarket. I planted on 1/10/11 but out of 15 planted only 2 have sprouted and are only 2 inches long. The rest have small roots only. Have they been treated to keep them dormant or what?

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 6 years ago
If the shallots had been treated with anti-sprouting chemicals, none of them would have sprouted. So this is unlikely to be the case.

More likely it was warm weather during the autumn that kept them dormant, or at least most of them.

With some cold weather, this should right itself.

There is a danger of bolting … producing flowers … when shallots are planted so early.