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Here is the BEST Time to Harvest Scallion in Alabama (2022 Guide)

Are you growing scallions in Alabama, but don’t know when the best time to harvest them is?

Harvesting scallions is not as easy as it seems.

Here’s why:

  • Scallions have a very short window when they can be harvested and still taste great.

So if you harvest them too early they may not be ready and taste bad. And if you harvest them too late they may become infected with mold, fungus, insects, etc., and become inedible.

Today, I’m going to teach you the ideal time to harvest scallions in Alabama:

  • To Learn More About HOW to Grow Scallions, Check Out This GUIDE!


When Do I Harvest Scallions in Alabama?

As you may have already guessed, there are two main factors that determine when you should harvest your scallions: the physical features of the scallion & weather (time).

Harvest Scallions if They Look Like This!!!

harvesting scallions

The physical features of scallions are what most gardeners commonly rely on to determine if they are ready to be picked off the plant or not.

In general, you should harvest scallions if they have the following physical features:

  • The entire scallion is a solid red color. If the scallion is a lighter shade of red, it is not ready to be harvested
  • The scallion is slightly soft. Too hard means it is not ready. Too soft means it is overripe (but still edible)
  • Easily able to be deattached from the the plant. This means it has absorbed all the nutrients it needs and is ready.

Harvest Your Scallions During THIS Time of Year!!!

In general, you should harvest scallions:

  • 65 to 85 days after starting scallions from seed
  • 40 to 50 days after planting scallions in your garden
  • 20 to 30 days after scallions first appear

And no matter what, you should ALWAYS harvest your scallions before the first frost of the year. Frost will immediately kill your scallion plant and make your scallions inedible.

For your reference, I have created this table for average frost dates for most major cities in Alabama. If your city is not listed below you can find its Last & First Frost Dates HERE.

Alabama Last & First Frost Dates

alabama frost dates

It should be noted that you should not overly rely on the first frost of the year. The average first frost of the year is only correct 30% of the time.

Instead, pay close attention to your local weather.

When you know a frost is coming you need to take action.

  • If scallions are in pots, bring them inside
  • If scallions are in the ground, cover them in burlap and hope they survive
  • Pick all scallions. If they are not ready, place them in a brown paper bag and store them for approximately 1 to 2 weeks to see if they become edible.

If you want to learn WHEN to harvest ANY Vegetable in Alabama, head over to HERE and just type in the vegetable you want to grow.

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