Leek Growing Guide

Leek

Crop Rotation Group

Allium (Onion family) 

Soil

Requires rich, loamy soil that holds moisture well.

Position

Sun or partial shade.

Frost tolerant

Yes.

Feeding

In late summer while the weather is still warm, drench plants thoroughly with a water-soluble plant food.

Companions

Carrot, Celery, Lovage, Marjoram, Parsnip, Strawberry, Onion and Onions.

Spacing

Single Plants: 20cm (7") each way (minimum)
Rows: 15cm (5") with 30cm (11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow in pots under cover in cool weather. Plant out when the soil is warm. Alternatively, sow directly into weed-free ground when the soil is warm.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

When leeks are almost the size you prefer, blanch them for 2 to 3 weeks by putting a mound of soil, mulch, or a cardboard tube around the base of each stem. Grows best in climates where nights remain cool through summer.

Harvesting

Can be left in the ground until required and harvested right through autumn, winter and early spring.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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