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Leek Seeds - Giant Musselburgh - Certified Organic

Leek Seeds - Giant Musselburgh - Certified Organic

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(Allium ampeloprasum porrum)

Musselburgh Leek is an old variety originating from Scotland also know as Scotch Flag or American Flag Leek. Medium to large grower with green leaves and long white stems. Great steamed, baked, fried for garnish and boiled. Perfect flavour for hearty soups & quiches. Likes deep, fertile, moist soil.

 

How To Sow

Leeks are slow growing when young so it is recommended to start them late summer in pots or punnets to get a head start. Depending on the temperatures in your region sowing from March-April is ideal. Use a high quality seed raising mix, sow your seeds and cover with 3mm of soil and keep moist until germinated. Choose a fertile position in your garden rich in organic matter. Transplant to the garden at 5-10cm tall and mulch to suppress weeds.

Although blanching is not necessary you can do so for a more tender stem. Once your plants are 20-30cm tall you can blanch for 3 weeks prior to harvesting for a whiter, softer stem. Blanching is a simple process that restricts light getting to the stalks causing the plant to quickly elongate with soft new growth. To blanch simply wrap the lower 2/3 of the plant in 3-4 layers of newspaper so the top of the plant in the only part exposed to the sun. This can also be achieved with a used milk carton that has had the bottom and top of the carton cut out - Simply slip the carton over the plant for the same affect.

When To Sow

Autumn to Winter

Where to Sow

Full sun

Seeds per Packet

approx. 140 seeds

Seed Germination Period

5 to 12 days

Companion Plants

GOOD: Carrot, Celery, Marjoram, Onion, Parsnip, Strawberry

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