Large American Flag, Leek Seeds
Botanical NameAllium porrum
Additional CharacteristicsContainer Vegetables,Soup Garden
Seeds Per Gram339
Seeds Per Pound152000
Seeds Per Ounce9500
Days To Maturity (# Days)90-120
Learning Download: How to Grow Leeks
Similar to an onion but with a sweeter flavor, leeks make a great addition to salads and soups. The vegetable is hardy and can often be grown in cooler climates.
Before Planting: Leeks are heavy feeders and require fertile soil (pH of 6.2-6.8) for best results.
Planting: Sow 3 months before last frost date, 2-3 seeds per cell, 1/4″ deep. Beginning in late spring, when approx. 8″ tall and pencil-thick, transplant outdoors 6″ apart, rows 24″ apart in holes dibbled about 6″ deep. Only 1-2″ of leaves need extend above the soil surface. Do not firm soil, allow irrigation or rain to fill in the dibble hole.
Watering: Since leeks have shallow roots, they require lots of water and a weed-free environment. Add mulch to retain moisture and deter weeds.
Fertilizer: A season prior to planting, add compost where the leeks will grow. After planting, feed the leeks every week with liquid fertilizer.
Days to Maturity: Leeks are ready to harvest in the late summer or early fall, and the whole plant should be harvested. (See each variety for days to maturity)
Harvesting: To harvest, loosen the soil and then lift the leeks out be the roots so you don’t damage the plant. Pick what you need until a freeze is suspected to hit, then harvest all the leeks.
Tips: During the growing period hill the plants with soil 2 or 3 times, higher with each hoeing. This forces the leaves higher up the plant resulting in extra long blanched stalks and a much greater edible portion.
AVG. Direct Seed Rate: 1,000 seeds/165′, 1 oz./1,650′, 11 oz. or 105M/acre at 6 seeds/ft. in rows 30″ apart.
Our Seed Promise
"Agriculture and seeds" provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants.
The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, to genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems, and ultimately to healthy people and communities.
To learn more about the "Safe Seed Pledge" please visit www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org.
You May Also Like
The Cherokee Purple is an old heirloom tomato that has an outstanding flavor. This tomato dates back to pre-1890 and is recognized as an old Cherokee Indian heirloom that originated in Tennessee. This variety has a semi-meaty flesh with an average seed/flesh ratio. The Cherokee Purple offers some of the best flavor with an earthy-sweet, rich taste that is delicious eaten raw. This tomato has a beautiful purple skin with a slight pinkish-red hue. This plant produces large vines with large beefsteak fruits that average 8-20 ounces. The Cherokee Purple is an indeterminate tomato that will keep producing all summer long and into the first frost in fall time. This high yielding tomato is in our top 5 of best heirloom tomatoes on the market!
The California Wonder is not just any bell pepper, its the best of class. By far, this variety is America's favorite variety of pepper! The California Wonder pepper is a standard bell pepper that is widely adapted. These pepper plants produce very sturdy frames that are easy to grow. This pepper always produces well formed, juicy, crunchy, large pepper fruits. Familiar to all vegetable gardeners for ages, this classic heirloom pepper has set the standard since the late 1920s. This pepper was developed by the eccentric plant breeder, Carrol Briggs, in his grow years. The California Wonder contains high amounts of vitamin A and C and is disease resistant to tobacco mosaic virus. This pepper variety is very popular, and much preferred by many market growers and home gardeners!
Certified - The Yukon Gold is a best seller and an excellent keeper! This favorite variety has attractive, smooth, thin yellow skin, shallow eyes with yellow flesh and uniform yields. Yukon Gold lends itself well into any method of potato preparation. Immensely popular since its 1981, it was released from Canada. If you like your fried potatoes golden brown, Yukon Gold will automatically almost always turn that color by themselves! Yukon Gold is also favored by top chefs for making traditional mashed potatoes, the ones that are made from the all American Russet potato. However, with Yukon Gold, your mashed potatoes are golden and beautiful to both the eye and the taste! When first harvested, Yukon Gold will show unique pink eyes not seen in other yellow varieties. They are best when home grown!
Boost the Vigor of Everything You Grow! Researchers-can't say enough good things about Ascophyllum nodosum, the seaweed we package in a convenient powder form for you to add to water to boost the vigor of everything you grow: fruit and vegetable crops, flowers, lawn, houseplants. Winners in tomato-growing contests and strawberry and raspberry growers have credited seaweed for their successful crops. We use it everywhere regularly-on flower beds, shrubbery and vegetable crops-to produce a lush yard that has won many awards and has been featured on a national TV gardening show. The value of Ascophyllum nosodum in every facet of plant growth prompted Clemson University researcher, Dr. T. L. Senn to write a book on the subject: "Seaweed and Plant Growth." Use in your home garden on all flowers, vegetables, tomatoes, strawberries, fruit trees and shrubs, lawns, seedlings and houseplants. Why it Works! Adding seaweed to your current fertilizing program may be the most important thing you have ever done for your home garden and houseplants. The seaweed in Sea Magic, Ascophyllum nodosum, is harvested from the cold clear waters of the North Atlantic and is quickly dried under a special procedure designed to keep its natural qualities intact.
The Large Leaf Italian Basil produces large, light green leaves that offers an excellent aroma to any meal, soup or sauce! This variety is our most popular basil plant. The Large Leaf Italian is a prolific plant that produces very large leaves with some that can even cover a slice of bread! This variety is sweeter than the Genovese basil, and produces an attractive, bushy plant with its very popular, aromatic leaves.
The Cut and Come Again Zinnia is just like its name, its the best variety for those who love fresh cut flowers again and again! This wonderful variety blooms in a rainbow of colors and provides endless flowers from mid-summer all the way until frost, giving you a multitude of blooms to cut and bring indoors. Like all Zinnias, the Cut and Come Again is extremely easy to grow, deer resistant and attracts pollinators to the garden.
The contender is a stringless, bush bean that matures early. Contender produces a huge yield of tender bush beans that have excellent flavor and very reliable. Beans start producing about a week before most other varieties. Bean pods grow up to 8" long but are best eaten early when they are 5" and stringless. Cooks up tender, cans and freezes with no loss of quality. Pick on the early end of the harvest date for smaller and more tender beans. Mildew tolerant, great for short seasons and hot weather.
The monarch Butterfly Blend is a wildflower mix for butterfly lovers that is specifically made for attracting Monarchs to the garden. This mix of annuals and perennials are what Monarch's prefer to visit for nectar and lay their eggs. Planting rate of 12-24 pounds per acre or 8 ounces per 1,000 sq.ft.