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Do shallots get scapes?

16 Jun 2009
Overcast 18°C / 65°F

Do shallots get scapes like garlic? I had thought this plant was a shallot, but it’s growing a scape just like garlic. Since I stick garlic into my Southwest bed willy-nilly to grow green garlic, it very well could be, but I’d like to know for sure.

Also, if shallots do get scapes, should I cut it off as with garlic?

In the photo, the plant I’m talking about is the big one in the front. It’s hard to see against all the other onions, but if you look closely you can see the flower bud on the scape, near the top of the photo.


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graibeard

graibeard

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Australia9b

No, that looks like a garlic. Shallot flowers are round like an onions, they don’t get that distinctive scape appearance – the long spike in the center. As well, garlic’s leaves are a flattened “V” in cross section, onions (shallots) are round and hollow. Rub or crush a leaf and see if you can pick up on the garlic smell. I doubt you’ll be able to compare the smell, the garlic will be overpowering though. :-)

Posted on 17 Jun 09 (about 6 years ago)
Katxena

Katxena

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United States7

Thanks! I’m disappointed that it’s not the shallot I thought it was, although I will be happy to have garlic. I’d better get out there and cut off the scape!

Posted on 17 Jun 09 (about 6 years ago)
cristyn

cristyn

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United States5b

That looks like a garlic scape, but it looks awfully straight. Mine curled up like slinkies in the middle of the stem by the time they were that height.

Posted on 17 Jun 09 (about 6 years ago)
Katxena

Katxena

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United States7

Well, it’s grocery store garlic, perhaps the nicer garlics you are growing curl more?

Posted on 17 Jun 09 (about 6 years ago)
cristyn

cristyn

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United States5b

I’m actually shocked that grocery store garlic would scape at all. Most of it’s grown in california and I didn’t think the varieties that do well in california and go to grocery stores scape at all. I thought scapes were mostly a hardneck thing. Live and learn, I guess.

Posted on 17 Jun 09 (about 6 years ago)

Nom nom nom garlic scapes.

Posted on 17 Jun 09 (about 6 years ago)

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