Young, transplanted bulbs appear irresistible to rooks who pull the young plants out the ground – this is easily prevented by netting.
The most serious disease in shallots is white rot. This is usually brought into the garden on onion sets. The disease will persist in the soil for 10 or more years and means you can’t grow onions, garlic or leeks in that area of your garden for 10 years. White rot only attacks the onion family so a crop rotation may prevent this.
Downy mildew is a disease that can attack the leaves. To control this keep the shallots growing healthily, but don’t over feed with nitrogen.
If you dry shallots carefully they should store until the following spring. You can plait them as you would with onions.
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