I planted some shallots (clumping onions) which I had saved over winter. They are looking really healthy but some started to grow flowering shoots. I wonder if removing these shoots will improve the quality of the shallots since I don't want to save their seed?

This is what they look like:

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  • picture? I have read that the flowers will turn into seeds, but the seeds will take away from the growth. – black thumb May 25 '16 at 15:05
  • Yeah, that's what I heard that's why I wonder if they should be removed. They look like the flowering bud of a regular onion: 2.bp.blogspot.com/_HET9M4NlgZ8/SsPShH-geUI/AAAAAAAADEs/… – Organic May 25 '16 at 17:59
  • You might reconsider saving the seeds. Shallot seeds are rare, if you truly have shallots. Growing them might produce something cool, like giant shallots of many colors. That happened with Yellow Potato Onion seeds, anyhow (look up the Green Mountain Multiplier Onion). Our shallots are going to seed this year, too, interestingly. – Shule May 26 '16 at 1:34
  • If they're like regular onions, I imagine removing the seed head will allow the bulb time to grow slightly larger. But Shallots are perennials. I don't know if they die even when they go to seed. – Shule May 26 '16 at 1:38
  • Thanks for advice. Maybe I should save seed. Ah, I had no idea that shallots are perennial! The tradition is to always harvest them in Autumn and save them over winter to plant next year. I'll try leaving a few out this year to see if they will survive the winter. – Organic May 26 '16 at 8:41

Just let it flower and drop the seeds into your bed and give you lots more clumping onions. Or take the flower off when it's in bloom and grab the seeds. That's what I do.

It's only going to affect the one onion that is flowering ( takes 2 years to flower so you must have had it for a while now ).

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