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Old July 5, 2017   #1
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Default Bolting shallot.

My French Red shallots are a good size, but most bolted. I cut off the flowers as soon as I saw them, and have been harvesting a few each week. The talk from the flowers does not seem to dying down. Should I keep waiting or try to remove the stalk at the root?

They didn't push out of the soil as much as they usually do. Maybe I planted too deep. On the other hand, they are my largest size I've grown, and with no sign of the back mold (?) I often get.

I'd like them to store as well as possible.

The pictures are of some I harvested more than a week ago (I don't recall if the had green stalks), some from last week, and some still in my Earthboxe.

In the last picture; See the shallot at about 12 o'clock high? Thoughts about pulling off the bolted green at the base near the roots?
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Old July 6, 2017   #2
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I have some that have done that for the last three years. The first year I cut off the flower stalks as soon as they emerged and I did the same this year. I did let them die back completely before harvesting and they stored reasonably well, but not as long as others that did not flower.

Last year I left one flower on and harvested seeds which I germinated and planted this year. They are at least several weeks away from harvesting, but the tops are much smaller than the original shallots.
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Old July 6, 2017   #3
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A pretty good link.

https://www.thespruce.com/growing-sh...garden-1403464

Thank you for your response! Where exactly did you cut the flower stalk? Just the flower, at the soil, or somewhere in between?

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I cut the flower heads off as soon as they emerged, but the stalks continued growing for a while.
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