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Shallot Red Sun
Shallot Red Sun

Shallot 'Red Sun'

Mellow-flavoured, crisp and juicy!
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  • One of the very best red-skinned shallots, with superb texture and taste.
  • Bumper crops and easy to grow – will thrive in most soils in a sunny position.
  • Firm, orange-brown skins with burgundy-flushed, crisp white flesh.
  • A subtle, mildly spicy flavour – use raw in salads and for cooking and pickling.
  • Supplied as 15 sets of planting bulbs.

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15 Sets of Planting Bulbs
Item: 360006
15 Sets of Planting Bulbs - Item: 360006
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One of best red-skinned shallots available, ‘Red Sun’ is renowned for its superior flavour, high yields and good storage quality after harvesting. The rotund, slightly elongated bulbs have firm orange-brown skins with flushes of burgundy beneath, and solid, juicy white centres.

Shallots generally have a milder, more subtle flavour than onions, and ‘Red Sun’ is no exception. Its mellow yet slightly spicy taste, along with its superbly crisp texture, means it is perfect for eating raw in salads and sandwiches and is an ideal candidate for pickling. Use in stews and other savoury dishes in place of onions for an interesting twist – add them whole to your cooking for that extra flavoursome ‘bite’ to your cooking.

Easy and rewarding to grow, shallots will thrive in most garden soils when planted in a sunny position. Shallots grown from sets will mature faster, be more vigorous and produce more plentiful crops than those raised from seed. The bulbs will swell and divide through spring and summer, giving as many as 6 or 8 new bulbs from each set to harvest from July to September. The green foliage is also tasty in summer salads, but use sparingly to make sure of the best bulb harvest!

Supplied as 15 sets of planting bulbs. Ideally plant them as early as you can from February to April for cropping from mid-summer to early autumn. After lifting, clean and dry them, and store them in a cool, dry place indoors for using when needed; they will keep well and often last through to spring.

What Is Supplied

Item 360006 supplied as:

Supplied as a pack of 15 sets of planting bulbs.

Grows to 30cm (12in) height by 10cm (4in) spread.
Performance subject to growing conditions.

Plant Care Information

Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Winter Hardy
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow

Top Tips

  • When planting, allow plenty of room for the shallots to splay out and produce clusters of bulbs.
  • Immature shoots can be used as spring onions or scallions.
  • Any surplus can be planted for next year’s shallots.

Care Information

How to grow ‘Red Sun’ shallots

  • Unpack your shallot sets as soon as delivered and spread them out in a cool, light and airy place, away from frosts, until you are ready to plant. Ideally, plant them within a month from receipt.
  • Choose a sunny position in the garden that hasn’t been used to grow onions, garlic or leeks before and hasn’t been manured for at least 2 years.
  • For best results, dig over the soil before planting to aerate and remove weeds. A general-purpose fertiliser added to the soil before planting will help maximise yields.
    Ideally, plant the sets outdoors from February into April. They can be planted earlier, from October, if an early crop is desired, but they will need protection from extreme cold – perhaps in a greenhouse or tunnel.
  • Plant directly into the soil, about 3cm (1˝in) deep, so that the tip of the set is at soil level, and at 12-15cm (4˝-6in) apart with 30cm (12in) between rows to allow plenty of room for them to spread out. Firm the soil and keep watered through the growing season as necessary; do not allow the soil to dry out or become waterlogged.
  • Keep weed-free and protect from birds while the plants are young.
  • Sets will mature in 14-18 weeks.
  • Harvest when the leaves turn yellow. Gently loosen the soil around the bulb before gently lifting. Then brush the soil away and allow the shallots to dry outdoors in the sunshine. Store in a cool, dry, frost-free place, where they will keep for up to 8 months.

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Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
30 cm
10 cm
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