Zebrune Shallot Onion Seeds


This packet sows up to 9 feet.
3.3636363636364 out of 5 stars
(11 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Savor the sweet, mild flavor of this large, easy-to-peel eschalion (banana) type shallot. Very popular with chefs, it is technically a cross between a shallot and an onion. Called Cuisse de Poulet du Poitou (leg of the chicken) in France because it resembles a chicken leg. Enjoy in any dish that calls for onions or shallots. Its lighter flavor delicately enhances fresh preparations, too, like vinaigrettes. Resists bolting, producing well even in warm climates. Recipe inside for shallot vinaigrette.
$2.99 250 mg (~55 seeds)

Botanical Name: Allium cepa

Days to Maturity: 100 days from transplanting

Family: Alliaceae

Native: Exists only in cultivation

Hardiness: Biennial grown as an annual

Variety Information: Thick, 2"–6" long, torpedo-shaped bulbs with a copper-colored wrapper and cream-colored interior. 'Zebrune' is also called Cuisse de Poulet de Poitou.

Type: Eschalion, long-day shallot (Learn more)

When to Sow Outside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, or as soon as soil can be worked; when soil temperature is at least 45°F.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 10 to 12 weeks before your average last frost date. Transplant outdoors 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date. The earlier the start, the bigger the bulb. Ideal soil temperature is 60°–85°F.

Days to Emerge: 7–15 days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: A group of 2 seeds every 4"

Row Spacing: 12"–16"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 4"

Harvesting: Shallot bulbs can be harvested at any desirable size. To harvest large bulbs at full maturity, wait until tops have fallen over and turned yellow or brown, they are ready for harvest. Harvest in the morning, lifting the bulbs with a garden fork. Dry them in the garden in the sun for 2 to 3 days, lightly covering the bulbs with straw, or the tops of other onions to prevent sunscald. Cure them for 3 to 7 days in a dry area with good air circulation. Once dry, cut the roots to 1/4", and the greens to 1" to create a seal, preventing decay.

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Zebrune Shallot Onion Seeds Reviews

11 reviews

Zebrune Shallot Onion Seeds

1 out of 5 stars Apr 9, 2019
I always look forward to the Botanical Interests seed catalog. The Zebrune Shallot Onion Seeds seemed to be an interesting seed variety to try in my garden. Unfortunately, the shallot seeds failed to germinate. My rating reflects the experience I had with attempting to grow shallot onion seeds. I will continue to be a loyal customer of Botanical Interests.
Barry Johnston from GA
Owner Response: Hello Barry, Thank you for letting us know about your poor germination with the 'Zebrune' shallot seeds. We do guarantee our seeds and have them tested regularly by a third party lab to ensure good germination. We test onion and shallot seeds especially frequently because their germination rate naturally declines more quickly than other species. Our customer service department will be reaching out to you shortly. Thank you again for your feedback.

Zebrune Shallots

5 out of 5 stars Jun 1, 2019
I had a good germination rate and am very please with the size and quality of these shallots.
Christine Harlander from CA

nice onions

5 out of 5 stars Aug 16, 2019
had no problems with germination!! wonderful! will buy again! love botanical interest seeds!
josh t from IL

Good production of small to mid-sized shallots

4 out of 5 stars Sep 3, 2019
This was my first time planting shallots. My garden plot has full sun but fairly heavy clay soil that I turn over. This year has been fairly wet and I watered regularly when the soil was dry. Planted in late March, most of the seeds germinated and I started harvesting by the end of July. I harvested most of the row at the end of August and they are keeping well. The bulbs are fairly small, probably due to the clay soil. Next year I'll try growing them in a mounded row to see if they grow deeper.


5 out of 5 stars Jan 30, 2020
I planted these last year and just loved them, they are a must have every year for me.
Marilyn O'Donnell from CO

Didn't do anything

1 out of 5 stars Nov 1, 2020
I bought these hoping to grow some shallots and these did nothing, we watered like it said to and everything but nothing.
Owner Response: Hi Rachel, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are sorry the shallots didn't germinate well for you. For best results, we recommend starting shallots and onions indoors is soil temperature between 60 and 85 degrees F. Starting indoors gives you good control of moisture and temperature and the much-needed head start alliums need. Quality is very important to us. Our seeds are tested frequently by a third-party laboratory to ensure germination rates exceed federal and our own standards. We are always available to troubleshoot germination and growing issues. A customer service agent will contact you shortly to help.


5 out of 5 stars Jan 10, 2021
Grew to ENORMOUS size.
Carolyn Starz from MA

shallot Zebrune

1 out of 5 stars Mar 28, 2021
I was looking forward to growing these. I love shallots. I'm disappointed that more than 3 weeks not a single seed germinated despite following directions on package.
Cindy from PA
Owner Response: Hi Cindy, We are always happy to help troubleshoot growing and germination issues. A customer service agent will be with you to help. One tip for alliums like onions, leeks, and shallots is that the seeds do expire more quickly than other species so it is important to get fresh seeds annually and store them in a cool, dry space to keep them as fresh as possible. Quality is very important to us and we test allium even more frequently than our other seeds to ensure germination rates exceed federal standards and our own. Check your inbox for an email from our customer service. Happy gardening!

Dismal germination

1 out of 5 stars Aug 1, 2021
I grew these last year from botanical interests and from one packet got over 75 beautiful shallots that seriously have the longest storage life ever! I had 12 shallots last until the beginning of July but this year I bought 2 packets of seed and eagerly started them under my LED grow lights. Only to be disappointed hardly any of the seeds sprout and many that did sprout never made it. I ended up with 30 shallots that I've just started harvesting but even the size/quality are nothing like last year. Thats 2 packets gone with barely anything to show. I have sent an email so got my fingers crossed they will make this right.
Robyn from MI
Owner Response: Hi Robyn, Thank you for sharing your experience. We are sorry these shallot seeds didn't germinate well for you. A customer service agent will be with you soon. I do want to address that after germination growing performance is dictated by environmental conditions. Maybe a soil test is in order or the seasons were different by comparison?


5 out of 5 stars Jan 15, 2022
Great germination rate and growth, very tasty and flavorful
Carolyn from CA

70% germination rate

4 out of 5 stars May 9, 2022
Direct seeded in potting soil in April 2022 in my California garden(zone 9b), but had just 70% germination. Whatever germinated is growing well.
Fleming from CA

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