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Growing Onions, Leeks, and Shallots

By GrowOrganic.com on October 03, 2014

In this video, Tricia will teach you how to grow organic onions, leeks and shallots!

  Comments (10)


It’s the end of January do you think I can still grow onions, garlic shallots, and leeks. I’m in central valley Cal.

Posted by Mandy on Jan. 26, 2018 at 2:07:01 PM

Mandy, it may be a little late to put these in. Central Valley of California is usually ahead of most regions. The plants will still grow, but the garlic, onions and shallots may not head up as large as if you planted them in the fall. The leeks may still be ok to grow.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Jan. 27, 2018 at 12:42:31 PM


My onions are starting to get blossoms…are they ready to harvest or do I cut those off? knock green parts over? not sure what to do here. They appear to be white onions, nice size showing thru top of dirt.

Posted by Diane McFadden on May. 12, 2018 at 9:23:59 AM

Diane, your onions are most likely bolting if they are getting flowers. You should cut off the flower, but your onion may grow kind of funky because of the flower. Your onions are “done” when the tops start to fall over and dry up.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on May. 14, 2018 at 9:16:52 AM


My shallots are trying to flower or form a seed head. I’m wondering how I should proceed. I planted them in October and they spent the entire winter in the ground. Not sure if I should dig them now or just cut those tops off…
Thanks for your guidance!

Posted by Katherine on Jun. 02, 2018 at 5:27:45 PM

Katherine, your shallots are bolting.  You can snap off the flower head. Not much else you can do. It does not mean they are ready to pull. You should wait until the leaves are starting to die back and fall over. But it is getting closer to that time to harvest. Just give you plants some more time.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Jun. 04, 2018 at 4:26:13 PM


it is the middle of september here in massachusetts.  can i start a new crop of onins??????

Posted by THOMAS R RUSSELL on Sep. 13, 2018 at 6:38:42 PM


Won’t they freeze out one the winter in MN?

Posted by Mary on Sep. 14, 2018 at 7:19:50 AM

Mary, does your ground freeze over the winter? Probably in your area it is best to plant in the spring. If you have a greenhouse you can grow up your onions from seed and plant our your own transplants in the spring time. For shallots, if your ground freezes, you may want to wait until spring as well. But if your ground does not freeze, you can mulch heavily if planting in the fall. This should protect your shallots from freezing.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Sep. 14, 2018 at 8:58:08 AM

Thomas, does your ground freeze in Mass? If you are talking about starting from seed and you have a greenhouse, you can start now and transplant out into the garden in the spring.

Posted by Suzanne at GrowOrganic.com on Sep. 14, 2018 at 9:12:28 AM

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