French Shallot Vigarmor
Sometimes known as the banana shallot due to its elongated shape, Shallot Vigarmor is a modern French variety that is well-worth adding to your garden or allotment. With an attractive coppery, golden skin, it has a firm pink flesh that is packed full of flavour. This shallot is well-known for its high yields and excellent storage potential.
Plant Type: Vegetable
RHS Award of Garden Merit: No
RHS Plants for Pollinators: No
Soil Type: Loam
Soil Drainage: Moist but Well Drained
Sowing / Planting (from - to): Plant In Spring
Harvesting (Harvesting Period & Instructions): Keep the soil moist during the growing period. Remove any weeds which otherwise will compete with the shallots for food and water. In late summer/early autumn, the leaves will begin to die down. This means they are about ready for harvest. Bend the leaves over and a few days later ease the shallots out of the soil. A few days later again, lift them clear of the soil and leave on the surface to ripen. When dry, rub off loose skins and roots. Store in a cool, dry, frost-free place in trays.
Typically Available (from - to): January - May
Shallots require a well-prepared bed to achieve good growth. Thoroughly dig over the site with a fork, removing any weeds. Adding a general fertilizer will improve yields. Mark out a row using a string line or cane. Plant the shallots 3cm/1" deep and 12cm/5" apart along the marked row. Label the row with the variety name. Check the shallots every few days and re-plant any that have been disturbed by birds etc. until growth starts.
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