Leek Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum

How to sow leek: Direct seed or transplant seedlings

Sun requirement for leek: Plant in Full Sun

Leek has been planted 26 times by Growstuff members.

The leek is a vegetable, a cultivar of Allium ampeloprasum, the broadleaf wild leek. The edible part of the plant is a bundle of leaf sheaths that is sometimes erroneously called a stem or stalk. Historically, many scientific names were used for leeks, but they are now all treated as cultivars of A. ampeloprasum. The name 'leek' developed from the Anglo-Saxon word "leac". Two closely related vegetables, elephant garlic and kurrat, are also cultivars of A. ampeloprasum, although different in their uses as food. The onion and garlic are also related, being other species of the genus Allium. Leeks have thick blue-green foliage. The bundle of white leaf sheaths has a mild onion taste and can be blanched, steamed, braised, or grilled and used in soups, stews, omelet fillings, and more. The leaves can be used to make stock.

photo of crop



living and reproducing in a single year or less

Median lifespan

29 weeks

First harvest expected

37 weeks after planting

Last harvest expected

23 weeks after planting





Row Spacing



mulberry spinach apricot spring onion purple carrot yellow onion white onion


Leek crops

Leek plantings

Bed 13
Bed 13
by Midfields
2015-05-17 13.14.31
2015-05-17 13.14.31
by CloCkWeRX
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Planted from


Harvested for



elephant garlic

elephant garlic

  Allium ampeloprasum var. ampeloprasum

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