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Onion & Shallot Duo

Hardy Bulb

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Two of the best red varieties available

High yielding and reliable

Store for months after harvest!

Two of the best red varieties available

High yielding and reliable

Store for months after harvest!

Two of the best red varieties available

High yielding and reliable

Store for months after harvest!

Two of the best red varieties available

High yielding and reliable

Store for months after harvest!

Two of the best red varieties available

High yielding and reliable

Store for months after harvest!

Two of the best red varieties available

High yielding and reliable

Store for months after harvest!

Two of the best red varieties available

High yielding and reliable

Store for months after harvest!

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Combining one of the very best red onions with one of the best red shallots, this formidable spring-planting Onion & Shallot Duo will meet all your kitchen needs. Whether you’re making stews, chutneys or salads, you’ll be glad to reach for one of these top-quality bulbs for an extra burst of flavour. High-yielding and reliable with bulbs that store for months, this is a pairing not to be missed!

Onion & Shallot Duo comprises:

  • Onion ‘Red Ray’ (Spring Heat Treated) (250g) – an improvement on the popular ‘Red Baron’ with deep red skins and firm, sweet flesh which is excellent in salads, chutneys and tarts. Heat treatment reduces the risk of bolting on planting, which can often occur in red varieties. Keeps for around 3 months after harvest. Height: 45cm (18"). Spread: 15cm (6").
  • Shallot ‘Red Sun’ Organic (Spring) (400g) – arguably the best of the red shallots, producing good yields of crisp, white-fleshed bulbs of excellent flavour for cooking, salads or pickling. Bulbs can be stored for up to 6 months! Height: 35cm (14"). Spread: 15cm (6").

Height Up to 45cm (18in)
Spread Up to 15cm (6in)

Hardy Bulb

kitchen garden

full sun

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Harvest Months


Red Ray 250g & Red Sun Organic 400g (KF0171)

Plant onion and shallot sets in rows in any firm, well drained soil in full sun. Prepare the planting area several weeks in advance by incorporating some well rotted garden compost to improve drainage and soil fertility. Avoid planting onions on freshly manured soil. On particularly wet ground, try growing onion sets in raised beds. When growing onions from sets, plant the bulbs so that the tip of bulb is just protruding through the soil surface. Leave a space of 10cm (4") between each bulb, and 30cm (12") between each row.
Onion and shallot sets are undemanding and require only occasional watering during particularly dry periods. However, rows should be weeded regularly. Harvest spring-planted onions and shallots in late summer or early autumn, a week or two after the leaves begin to turn yellow. Choose a dry day to loosen them from the ground with a fork. Leave them on the soil surface for a day or two until they have fully dried in the sun. Once dry, remove the top foliage and store them in a well ventilated, dry position. Bulbs can be stored for several months.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £6.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £7.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

Van Meuwen strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3

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