Now they have flopped over. They have plenty of lush green leaves. Maybe too lush?
|Floppy Shallots at left, upright Garlic just visible at right|
Is this an effect caused by a surfeit of rainwater (and consequent dearth of sunshine), or is it normal practice? I don't know, because I have only grown Shallots once before (a long time ago) and that was a total failure. However, some of you out there presumably grow Shallots every year and you will know the answer, so I'd love to hear your views please.
Looking closely at the Shallots underneath all that foliage it appears that they are doing OK.
Each one that I planted has duly separated into a number of new bulbs, though perhaps not as many as I had hoped. What is a normal yield, would you say? 5 or 6 new bulbs from each one planted? More?
The spare ones that I planted in a pot are in much the same condition:
Yes, you guessed it: floppy. But if they continue to develop as at present I still think they will deliver a worthwhile result. Actually I'm tempted to use the pot-grown ones as Spring Onions, though I suppose the taste might be very mild.
I'd be very interested to hear from anyone who can advise me on this. It isn't covered in any of the gardening books I own.