The Main Plant entry for Leeks (Allium porrum)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Vegetable
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Ca (Calcium)
Na (Sodium)
Pollinators: Bees
Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

store bought Leek, got this strange bloom...

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Oct 21, 2011 5:09 AM

Leeks can be harvested young when about the thickness of a pencil and used in a similar manner as green onions.

The most common leek cultivars are “summer leeks” which are intended for harvest in the season when planted. Overwintering leeks are meant to be harvested in the spring of the year following planting. Summer leek types are generally smaller than overwintering types while overwintering types are generally more strongly flavored.

Once established in the garden, leeks are hardy and many varieties can be left in the ground during the winter to be harvested as needed.

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