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Product Number: 20001



Germ 5-10 days
Heirloom 1874
The 1930 D. M. Ferry catalog names this “Monstrous Carantan”. An old French variety that does require a long growing season. Per Ferry “The largest variety, when well grown often 3” in diameter, white and tender. It is an exceptionally hardy garden sort.” 200 seeds


Indoors- 8-10 weeks before last frost with soil temperatures 60-75 degrees. Plant in flats 1/4” deep, 1/4” apart. Transplant seedlings out mid/late spring, 2-6” apart. Liquid fertilize seedlings every 7-10 days. Seedlings should be about a pencil thick in size at planting time.

Outdoors- Sow 1/4” deep early spring. Thin to 2-6” apart.

Harvest- Start harvesting baby leeks at 1/2” diameter and leave some for a larger end of season harvest.

Tips- Plant into fertile soil with lots of organic matter and adequate water for optimum growth. You can plant leeks in a trench and as the plants mature, fill in around them to assist in blanching.

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great leeks

These leeks need really rich soil to grow to 2 or 3 inches but even if smaller have a great mild taste. Also if you let a few mature for seeds they also produce offsets (look like cocktail onions before they sprout). These will give you large leeks faster than you can get from seed. Have to dig deep to find them or water really well just as it cools in fall and they'll sprout & be easier to find (I'm zone 9a so grow them easily all winter).


Big Beautiful Leeks, then...

I grew these under row cover because we now have Allium moths in Vermont. they were beautiful and hardy and vigorous and I felt like I had cracked the code on how to grow moth free leeks... then... I went on vacation and the row cover blew off in a storm. came back and the leeks looked okay so I put the cover back... one week later I checked them and they were destroyed. You know that feeling... wishing winter would come and "send all the bugs back to **** where they belong". I salvaged part of the white ends and put them in the freezer. Next year... I will do it all over again, but this time... I will check them more frequently and get some better clamps (and maybe I won't go on vacation in the summer!!! )

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