Leek - Flag Leek (Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum) Organic Non-GMO - Vegetable

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Leek -  Flag Leek (Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum) Organic Non-GMO - Vegetable 

A versatile and flavorful vegetable, valued for its mild onion-like taste. Here's a detailed description to guide you through its cultivation:

Leeks, including the Flag variety, are typically grown as biennials but are often treated as annuals.

Healing Properties:
While primarily a culinary delight, leeks contain various nutrients and antioxidants, contributing to a healthy diet. Their mild flavor makes them a versatile addition to many dishes.

Germination Information:
Germination Temperature: 60-70°F (15-21°C)
Germination Time: 14-21 days
Sowing Depth: 1/4 inch (6 mm)
Soil Type: Well-draining, fertile soil
Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

Germination Rate:
Leek seeds can have variable germination rates. Providing consistent moisture during germination improves the chances of successful sprouting.

  • Growing Instructions:
  • 1. Seed Starting:
  • Start Flag Leek seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last expected frost.
  • Plant seeds in trays or pots with a well-draining seed-starting mix, covering them lightly with soil.
  • Keep the soil consistently moist during the germination period.
  • Transplanting:
  • Once seedlings are around 6 inches tall and have a good root system, transplant them to the garden or larger containers.
  • Outdoor Planting:
  • Choose a sunny to partially shaded location with well-draining soil.
  • Plant leek seedlings in rows, spacing them 6-8 inches apart.
  • Soil and Watering:
  • Leeks prefer fertile, well-draining soil. Keep the soil consistently moist, providing about 1 inch of water per week.
  • Hilling:
  • As leeks grow, gradually hill soil around the base to blanch the stems and encourage longer, tender portions.
  • Fertilization:
  • Use a balanced fertilizer or organic compost during the growing season for optimal growth.
  • Harvesting:
  • Harvest leeks when they reach the desired size. You can harvest them as baby leeks or allow them to mature for larger, more robust stems.
  • Companion Planting:
  • Leeks work well as companion plants, often deterring pests when grown alongside other vegetables.
  • Seed count: 1/2gram