Leek
(Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum)
'Lancelot'

Photo courtesy of Joshua Hincks

Never buy another over-mature, over-priced Leek from the store again! This disease resistant heirloom variety is so easy to grow, and it’s so much fun to pull your own 12 inches of white-stemmed goodness right out of the ground! This onion relative boasts a mild, sweet, oniony flavor that brings a touch of continental flare to almost any dish be it roasted, sauteed, baked, or even just scattered as a garnish. Establish in late Winter to early Spring for a late Summer to Fall harvest. Plant 5” deep and 6-8” apart. Prefers slightly acidic (pH 6.0 - 6.8) soil rich in organic matter, so mix in compost before transplanting. The secret to developing long, tender “blanched” stems is mounding loose garden soil 2-4” up the stalk beginning when the plant’s diameter is at least equal to a pencil. Nourish monthly with a gentle, balanced fertilizer and frequent shallow watering. Harvest between .5-2” diameter. If left over-Winter it’ll produce white globe flower heads the following Spring for seed collection. Leeks are happy in containers.

Diana

Full Sun
Average Water

Biennial Edible
All Zones
75 days to maturity