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Days to Maturity: 100 DAYS
Thick, heavy winter leek for late harvests or overwintering.
Forms a very thick base with little bulbing, making cleaning easier and offering more weight per plant. Deeply colored blue-green flags stand upright. Elongate and blanch shafts by hilling. Mulch well for overwintering in northern regions.
- Fall/winter crop
- Upright habit
Thin to 6”
When to Sow
Days to maturity are from transplanting; add 20-30 days if direct seeding. Direct seed soon as soil can be worked outdoors or into a cold frame or start transplants 10-12 weeks before planting date, sowing seeds thickly into flats, ¼” apart or into 1.5” plugs. Transplant when plants reach 10-16” tall planting 6” deep, with only a few inches of leaves need to be remaining above the soil.
For longer, blanched stalks, hill soil around the plants at least two times during the summer. Leeks compete poorly with weeds.
Harvest at any stage of maturity, but flavor is usually best in fall after a few cold nights. Some fall planted varieties may even overwinter for an early spring crop.
Leeks can be dug up and hilled in into a root cellar or cold storage area. At around 35 degrees, they will keep in this way for a few months.
Info gleaned fron www.highmowingseeds.com