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How to Grow Leeks

Allium Ampeloprasum

Leeks are a member of the onion family. You might wonder why wait all season for leeks to grow, when onions are ready to harvest in about half the time. The answer is the flavor. Similar to scallions, the delicate tasting green blue leaves can be harvested, even when young. When, thinning plants, do not throw any away....use them in cooking or  in salads.

Plants grow 12" - 18" tall.

Use Leeks in salads, soups and sautes.

Days to Maturity:

Slow growing Leeks require 130 - 150 days to fully mature They are edible at any stage of growth.

Planting Leek Seeds:


Plant Leek seeds directly into the garden after all danger of frost. Sow seeds 1/2" inch deep. Or, start  plants indoors, 3-4 weeks before transplanting. Leeks can be readily transplanted.

After germination and the plants have grow an inch or more, thin to 8-12 inches apart.

How to Grow Leeks:

Growing Leeks is easy. The plants take up very little space.

Plants prefer partial sun to shade.

Grow Leek plants in average to rich, well draining garden soil.

The plants do not need a lot of fertilizer. Use a general purpose fertilizer at planting time, and again in mid summer.

Keep soil moist, not wet. Add extra water during drought and hot weather.

Keep Leeks well weeded. Weeds can overcrowd long-growing Leek plants, especially when the plant is young.

Harvesting Leeks :

To avoid damaging edible portions of the plant, loosen soil with a spade or garden shovel, prior to pulling out the leek.

Brush off dirt. Trim excess roots.

Leeks store for only a short time period. Put them in a cool, dry place. They will last much longer, if stored in the refrigerator.

Insects and Disease:

Leeks are seldom bothered by insects or plant disease.

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