leeks - Knowledgebase Question

Lakeland, Fl
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Question by ritasdick
March 10, 2010
Someone gave me a small pot with leeks in it.It looks like a bunch of grass,How do I plant these and how do you pick them for food?Am I surpose to seperate them? They don't look like the leeks I see in the surpermarket.As you can tell I am very new to all this.

Answer from NGA
March 10, 2010
Leeks are in the onion family and need similar conditions to grow their best. They need cool temperatures, rich soil and lots of water especially early in their growth. This vegetable is grown from seed and then transplanted to your garden. You will need to separate the plants and space them 4-6 inches apart in the garden. They won't need much care - just water on a regular basis. You can harvest them by pulling when the stalk is 1 inch or larger in diameter. Hope you have a great harvest!

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