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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.

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Predictions

Annual

living and reproducing in a single year or less

Median lifespan

200 days

First harvest expected

258 days after planting

Last harvest expected

158 days after planting

Height

60cm

Spread

25cm

Row Spacing

15cm

Companions

mulberry spinach apricot spring onion purple carrot yellow onion white onion
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Photos

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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Varieties

elephant garlic

elephant garlic

  Allium ampeloprasum var. ampeloprasum

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