Passion for planting can be more than a hobby and be transcended to a lucrative business. Shallots farming business will definitely be a profitable business that will only require small capital from you.
Shallots share the same family with onions and garlic which is in the allium family.
The shape of shallots is somewhat same with that of garlic and they also have similarities in terms of farming.
Shallots farming business is a profitable business due to the fact that it is not hard to plant and to maintain and it is in demand in the market. Shallots do not require a specific kind of climate to grow. Even in a garden directly exposed to sunlight or in a garden that is shaded, shallots can grow healthily.
Here are the steps and some tips for making the shallots farming business successful.
First thing is to buy a set of shallots and separate each with their respective base. Shallots do not have seeds and what you need to plant are the cloves same with garlic. To mention, shallots, like garlic, are bulbs but the difference is that in each bulb of shallot, a new bulb may grow.
After having cloves to plant, see to it that you have a place to plant where the soil is rich. It is best that you enrich the soil with organic fertilizers and make it as lose as possible to permit growth. The best shallots to plant are the mature cloves and the best seasons for planting are during late summer and fall. If you prefer harvesting young shallots, you should plant it at least two inches deep and if you want mature harvest, plant the cloves shallower. In addition, keep a six inches distance with each plant so that they can have enough breathing ground for growth.
Be reminded when pulling of weeds surrounding the shallots. Shallots have a very shallow root structure and plucking out weeds carelessly may affect those roots. In growing the shallots, watering should be moderate maintaining the soil moistened. Fertilizers are good for the soil but it should be within the right amount for the shallot bulb to grow.
One of the good sides of growing shallots is that they are not that attractive to pests. In gardening, may it be shallots or not, you should maintain an environment that is friendly for the plants to grow and far from having diseases.
It usually takes two months for the shallots to be ready for harvest. One signal that the bulb had reached its maturity is when the top part of the plant withers. Harvested shallots should be stored in cool places and it is advised that you put them inside a mesh or any breathable storage. Be careful with rotten shallots and make sure to remove them for it may affect the bunch where it is included.