I know garlic can be planted in the fall. What about shallots? I also have had good luck with planting bunching onion seed in the fall for winter and spring harvest. I live in Boise, Id.
Yes, shallots can be planted in the fall for a winter or spring harvest. This article has more information on growing shallots: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/shallot/tips-for-growing-shallots.htm
I ordered Dutch yellow shallots in the spring from territorial seed company. They arrived a little over a week ago. I don't know if I'm supposed to plant them now, as I live in the Pacific Northwest. Also, if I can't plant them now, can they be stored safely till spring?
In most areas it will be too late to plant them. To store them until the spring, place them in a cool, dry location. The vegetable drawer in your fridge is a good place.
Why do my shallots not get any size to them? They make the bunching but stay very small and very short.
How is your soil's health? Have your fertilized? The lighter, or looser, the soil, the larger your shallots will grow. They also need to be fertilized with compost, which helps the soil as well.
I planted shallots in the fall and covered with six inches of straw. When I uncovered them this week, I discovered that mice or moles had eaten off the green tops, leaving only an inch or two of top remaining. Will they continue to grow back, or should I dig them up and replant?
The tops will regrow as long as the bulbs are still healthy. You may, however, need to do something about the rodents, if indeed they are the problem.
I planted shallots several months ago. Now there are long green stems (tops) and some have rounded tops with whitish "seeds. " Does this mean I can begin harvesting them for cooking? Or are they still not ready, based on what I've told you? I live in southwestern Connecticut.
When to harvest shallots can be tricky for some, as this usually depends on when planting took place. Generally, fall plantings are ready to harvest in winter or spring while those planted in spring may be harvested in mid-summer to early fall.
Harvest your shallots when the bulbs are about a quarter inch around but wait for the leaves to yellow before lifting. For an extended harvest season, plant and harvest the largest shallots first, replanting smaller bulbs in their place for harvesting later.
I harvested my shallots soon after the leaves died but most are soft and small in size. Did I wait too long to pull them? Could wireworms be the cause? Many of my onions have soft spots, also.
It could possibly wireworms. If you see tunneling that is a good sign it is them.
More likely it is root rot. Shallots need excellent drainage to do well. If it was too wet in the area where they were growing, then it would cause problems like you describe.
In the spring I put out several sets of shallots, not green onions. They were in the ground all summer but all I got were more little tiny shallots. They didn't grow. What happened? And can I replant these and try again?
It may have been a lack of phosphorous or it may have been heavy soil or it may have been a lack of water. All of these can cause undersized bulbs on shallots. Have your soil tested and amend for phosphorous as needed. If you have heavy soil, try amending with organic rich material like compost. And make sure that your shallots are getting enough water, deeply enough throughout the growing season.