Shallots for Showing

Many shows have 2 classes for Shallots. Small pickling Shallots and ‘Giants’.

Showing Shallots

  • Grow Dutch Yellow for a ‘judge pleasing’ variety or raise Russian Red from seed.
  • Display small shallots in bowls of sand, sawdust or special boxes  for the ‘Giants’. The aim is to keep the bulb in formation.
  • Pickling Shallots should be less than an inch across the waist and uniform.
  • Harvest a few weeks before the show and ripen-off in the sun during the day, bringing them in during the evening.
  • The end of May is a good time to thin Shallots being grown for showing. Carefully remove the center bulb from a cluster without disturbing the remainder.

Other Shallot Varieties

  • Prisma F1, Golden Gourmet or Red Sun are even growers.
  • Pesandor, Jermor and Vigarmor tend to be tubular shaped.
  • Thompson Morgan have good supplies for next season. Place your order when you see what has won this years show.

Show Standards

  • Local shows may have arbitrary judging standards for Shallots.
  • The majority of bulbs often end up misshapen or bulging out, not having good form.
  • The large exhibition type shallot is now awarded a maximum of 18 points because of the degree of difficulty in achieving a perfect specimen.
  • In the  RHS show handbook  ‘shapely bulbs of good form” are considered best.
  • The NVS judges guide goes even further and states that ‘single bulbs of good shape with circular outline’ are meritorious.


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