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daved93
Apr 20, 2017 10:59 AM CST
How can I prevent my leeks form going to seed? Dave D
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Apr 20, 2017 11:48 AM CST
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Leeks are a cool season crop.
When did you plant them ?
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daved93
Jul 29, 2017 1:08 PM CST
Hi Philip.......I am writing from the UK where the weather is dreadful, I planted the leeks about May and despite all the crop getting the same amount of water maybe 2% have bolted this year and last year was even worse. Cheers Dave.
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DaisyI
Jul 29, 2017 2:02 PM CST
Welcome!

Your dreadful weather is probably the cause of your leeks bolting. If you had nice weather when you planted them and then the weather turned cold, the leeks bloom. I know, silly. Smiling

The second reason for bolting leeks is fertilizer. Don't fertilize them.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jul 30, 2017 7:48 AM CST
Dave. Howdy 😁
Leeks and onions are related. I not grown leeks but have onions.
I'm not sure. But maybe you need to plant in fall like we do onions hear.

Onion seeded, thickly in fall. When they reach the size of pencils. They are transplated into rows. 4 to 8 inches apart. Further apart for big onions. The early sweet ones. Come ripe in may. The others follow. By end of June or so. Onions are all in.
So. Theres "Philip's course #101 on growing onions."

I think you need to plant earlier.
Your leeks should of been ready to pick a couple/three months ago.
The heat and time of year.is what makes plants bolt.
All the seed packets say plant after danger of frost.and thats bologna sause for alot of veges.
You may also want to try different or faster maturing variety.
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daved93
Jul 30, 2017 12:06 PM CST
Here in the UK we can leave our leeks till there is snow on the ground and they are still OK to harvest. Will bear in mind what you say Phil about planting earlier, gardening is a constant case of experimenting seeing what is best for one climate or even a particular part of the country is not suitable for another. We up here in the north of England are at least a month behind Devon or Cornwall so a few hundred miles makes all the difference. Cheers Dave. Crossing Fingers!
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jul 30, 2017 12:45 PM CST
Well ! Cheers to you Dave !😁😁😁
We don't get no snow. It ! Just feels like it could snow.😬

Possibly ?😕? You need to plant them latter. So they mature when the weather is cool. Thats what they like ! Thumbs up

Count back from the days to maturity, to figure out when to plant them. Thumbs up
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daved93
Jul 31, 2017 6:27 AM CST
Thanks Phil.will bear that in mind.............all this hype about supposed "Global warming" it sure has missed us in the UK, can't plan more than a day at a time. Sighing! Sighing! Sighing!
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jul 31, 2017 7:01 AM CST
I hear you on that global warming. Hum ? 😕? Crap.
Wacked out spring in most of US
Warm several days. Then coid/rainy several days. Back and forth etc.
Latter 😎😎😎 Philip
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