Leek Bunching - Seeds
Description for Leek Bunching
Allium ampeloprasum is the scientific name of the Leek and has few cultivated varieties. The edible part of the plant is a bundle of leaf sheaths that is sometimes erroneously called a stem or stalk.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Leek||Tepals white, pink or red; anthers yellow or purple; pollen yellow||Autumn||Up to 2 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
The less hardy short-season leeks are planted in the spring. Sow indoors 8-10 weeks before the last expected spring frost. Plant seeds 1/2 inch deep in pots at least 6 inches deep, thinning to 1 inch apart when the seedlings are 3 inches tall. Use the soil with compost. Growing conditions on the cool side (60-65 degrees F) are best.
Hardened-off seedlings can be set out in the garden as soon as the soil can be worked. You can also plant leek seedlings 8-10 inches apart in a wide row by poking holes with the handle of a rake or hoe about 6 inches deep, then dropping the seedlings into the holes.
|Full sun||Loose and well-drained||Moderate||18 to 29 degrees C||Use any organic fertilizer.|
Caring for Leek Bunching
- The plants need to be blanched, or have light excluded, by covering the stalks with soil as the plants grow.
- Maintain a steady supply of nitrogen and plenty of water.
Summer and fall
Typical uses of Leek Bunching
Special features: Foliage
Culinary use: It is a part of food system.
Ornamental use: It can be grown as an ornamental plant for foliage and flower.
Medicinal use: NA
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