King Richard Leek

Allium porrum

 

Growing Zones 1-10
  • Height: 18-30″
  • Width: 1-2″
  • Spacing:  6-8″
  • Days to Maturation:  75 Days
  • Location: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Water:  Average

 

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Description

Beautiful full-sized leeks. In favorable soil and culture, the white shanks are over a foot long to the first leaf. Medium-green leaves with full habit. For baby leeks, plant closely (40 seeds/ft.) and harvest at finger size. While not hardy enough for overwintering, they will withstand medium-heavy frost (32° to 20°F/0° to -7°C) without losing their healthy appearance. During the growing period hill the plants with soil 2 or 3 times, higher with each hoeing. This forces the leaves higher up the plant resulting in extra long blanched stalks and a much greater edible portion. When using the “dibble method”, hilling is reduced or eliminated.