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Ambition Shallot Seeds

Ambition Shallot Seeds

The Best for Long-Day and Semi Long-Day Climates!

(P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Item # 05443-PK-P1
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100 days from transplanting.

This French shallot is a terrific choice for mildly flavored, heavy-bearing crops! Especially useful in long growing seasons (the south and west), it sets teardrop-shaped bulbs of pure white enclosed in reddish-brown skins. Dependable and very productive, it's the one to grow for gourmet flavor and great holding ability.

Ambition is easy to grow, with very high yields of firm, uniform 2-inch bulbs that contain the most delectable flavor. It was one of the first developed for growing from seed, and you can see the quality in every plant! Expect nearly 2 dozen shallots from every seedling you transplant!

Start the seeds indoors in late winter or sow directly into loose, sandy soil in spring. Onions are heavy feeders, so work compost into the planting area several weeks or more before planting Ambition. If you are sowing seeds directly into the soil, set them about ½-inch deep and 1 inch apart, then thin to 6 inches apart. Water the seeds or transplants in well, and keep the plants well watered all season, until about a week before it's time to harvest.

Ambition is ready to harvest when its green tops are about 8 inches high. Gently pull the plants up by hand, setting them on their side to rest for several days. Then bring them indoors and cure for at least 2 weeks. When all signs of green growth are gone from the plant, the bulbs are ready to be trimmed and stored in a dry, cool location.

If you like, grow extra Ambition shallots and save some of the mature bulbs for replanting next spring! Ambition stores well, without loss of flavor or texture. Pkt is 100 seeds.

Review Summary
(Based on 3 Reviews)

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0


Lily Arbore from WI wrote on February 10, 2019

Regretted the one year i tried another variety.' Ambition' has reliably produced very fine large and often multiple shallots that last all winter and even into summer for me in my not-so-perfect garden.

Excellent germination
Calmastergardener from CA wrote on December 14, 2018

This is my first time growing shallots from seeds, rather from bulbs or sets. Started them in seed starter under lights and they have grown vigorously, twice as fast as my leek and onion starts. Did not give them a 5 because I do not yet know how they’ll produce. Will amend review later.

Only Shallot I have ever had luck with
Lin (long time gardener) from PA wrote on March 16, 2018

It might be just me, but I've always had trouble growing shallots. Mostly, they don't even germinate, sometimes they fail when I transplant, but I've never had luck with them until I tried the Ambition shallots from Park's. I've been growing them for about 3 years and they've come through each of those years. I'm down to about 50 shallots left from last year's crop (it's March 2018) and they are still tight and firm, not sprouting or getting rotten. Even the onions I buy at the grocery store aren't as fresh seeming as my 2017 shallots! I'm definitely sold. They bring a great flavor to foods and reliably sprout from seed - plus they keep for a lot longer than the package suggests (at least from my experience). I will definitely be buying these shallots every year.

Shallots Germination Information

Shallots Hyssop Seed Germination How to Sow Shallots:
  • Best sown indoors at a temperature of 68-70°
  • Seeds can also be sown outdoors in situ after all danger of frost is past in the spring and in a warm soil
  • Indoors and out, sow them at a depth of 4 times the size of the seeds and expect germination in 10-12 days
  • Formerly only propagated from bulb divisions, however, there are now true-to-type seeds that are a much more economical way to grow them

How to Grow Shallots:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two true leaves

Spacing: Space plants closely: 30-35 plants per foot and in rows 10-15 inches apart

Soil: Site in full sun in a sandy, loamy, rich soil

Additional Care:  Shallots are day-length sensitive: in the North and the South, plant in spring for a late July harvest, but in the South they can also be sown in the fall for harvesting in the spring. They are frost hardy and will remain in the ground over winter without rotting (provided drainage is good). The root system is shallow, so water frequently

Appearance and Use:

Grown for their edible, tubular leaves and brown-skinned, edible bulbs that break apart in clove-like divisions. Harvest the leaves as needed for fresh use. The leaves will yellow to signal when the 1-2 inch bulbs are ready to be harvested. Use fresh or store them at 32- 35° and 60-70% humidity. Dry them before storing. Commonly used in French dishes, they can also be substituted for onions and scallions in any recipe

About Shallots:
Botanical name: Allium cepa
Pronunciation:  al’e-um se’påbr /> Lifecycle:  Perennial
Origination: Liliaceae; native to western Asia
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Which plants should I grow to repel rabbits and deer?
Deer eating dayliliesPlanting garlic, onions, chives, lavender, rosemary, and sage around rabbit-susceptible plants will repel rabbits. Deer repellent plants include: lavender, onion, catnip, sage, chives, garlic, spearmint, and thyme. Be sure to strategically place these repellent plants around and in between rabbit and deer-susceptible plants. Also, place some along the property line and especially at key points the rabbits and deer are using as entryways, which can even deter them from coming onto your property.

Which of your plants offered are deer resistant?
Perennials that are deer resistant include: Asclepias, Aster, Baptisia, Coreopsis, Dianthus, Digitalis, Echinacea, Gaillardia, Heuchera, Hibiscus, Malva, Monarda, Oriental Poppy, Platycodon, Peony, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Sedum, and Tricyrtis. Shrubs include: Buddleia, Buxus, Cotoneaster, Daphne, Forsythia, Fothergilla, Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon), Potentilla, Spiraea, Syringa, and Viburnum. Vines include: Clematis, Honeysuckle, Campsis, Wisteria, and Climbing Hydrangea. Trees include: Acer (Maple), Cercis (Redbud), Corylus, Fagus (Beech), Magnolia, Ginkgo, Mulberry, Spruce, and Salix (Willow).

Superior Germination Through Superior Science

Park's Superior Seeds Park Seed's humidity- and temperature-controlled seed storage vault Park Seed offers some of the highest-quality vegetable and flower seeds available in the industry, and there are a number of reasons for this.

First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.

Superior Standards - University Inspected

Testing seeds against minimum germination standards To make sure we are providing the best seed product possible and that our customers will get the highest number of seedlings from every packet, we conduct our own germination testing and have quality-control measures in every stage of our seed-handling operation. We hold ourselves to standards that are at or above federal and state standards, including testing specific crops more frequently than recommended by federal guidelines. And in order to maintain our organic certification, we welcome Clemson University to inspect us annually to make sure our organic seeds, which are stored and processed separately, are being handled properly.

Hand Packed By Experienced Technicians

Park Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.

When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.

The Park Seed Gold Standard

Park Seed's exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil seed packets And many of our seeds are packed in our exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil packets, which are lined to keep moisture out, so the seeds stay fresher for longer. We carefully pack very tiny or fragile seeds in crush-proof vials to ensure safe delivery to your home. Some of the small seeds are also offered as "pellets" (have a clay coating) to make sowing and growing easier.

When it comes to the kinds of seeds we offer, we are constantly seeking something new and provide many unique and hard-to-find varieties from all around the world. Our on-staff horticulturists are ready and available to share their expertise to help you with the success of these seeds, so you can grow a beautiful and productive garden!
Does Park sell GMO's or treated seeds?
GMO freeIt is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed. We do buy a small amount of traditional hybrid seed from Seminis, a division of Monsanto Co., but that is all we purchase from them.

What are the differences between organic, heirloom, and hybrid seed?
Basically, organic seeds are seeds that are produced without the use and exposure to artificial/chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemicals. They have to be grown, harvested, stored, and handled under very strict organic rules and procedures. All of our organic seeds are USDA 100% certified organic through Clemson University and the certificate has to be renewed yearly.

Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated -- they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940's and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older -- some 100 years or more!).

Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.

What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them?
Pelleted pentas seedsExtremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.

What is ideal temperature to germinate most seeds?
The ideal temperature to germinate most seeds is approximately 70 degrees F; give or take 1-2 degrees either way. This would be a good germination temperature for most flower and vegetable seeds and would be the most practical and feasible temperatures achieved for gardeners starting seeds in the home. You will notice for some seeds that it is recommended to use alternating day (warmer), night (cooler), temperatures, which is fine if one can provide such conditions. But most people are unable to provide those temperatures in a home setting, so just use the overall 70 degree F recommendation and the seeds should germinate well.

How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?
For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.

How long will seeds keep in storage?
Park Seed stores seed in a special temperature- and humidity-controlled storage facility, which keeps seeds in excellent condition. Our seeds should be good for at least 1-2 years on average. Seed viability and storage time will vary depending on the seed item; some will keep a shorter time and some will keep longer. Seeds should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place. A basement will do (if not too humid), or a cool, dark room or closet. We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store them in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?
We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store seeds in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What depth should I sow various seeds?
When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed. When sowing seed indoors, the planting depth can be less, depending on the seed being sown, so it is always best to check specific directions. Here are some general guidelines concerning planting depth in relation to seed size: Tiny, dust-like seeds need to be sown on the surface of the growing medium or soil, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. The planting depth for small seed can be anywhere from barely covering, to 1/8-inch deep, to possibly 1/4-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Medium seed should be planted at 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Larger seeds can be planted 1-inch or deeper, depending on the recommendation.