Leek King Richard Organic Seeds

Leek King Richard Organic Seeds

Allium ampeloprasum

Item #3057

100 days. Gaining popularity with gourmets and cooks in the U.S., this onion relative has compact stems that thicken but do not form bulbs like onions. King Richard produces extra long white stems. Superb eaten fresh, grilled, sautéed, and added to soups and stews. Leeks are cold tolerant and can be left in the garden into fall for an extended harvest.

This packet sows two 6-foot rows.

Seedling Image

Days to Emerge:
7-14 days

Seed Depth:

Seed Spacing:
A group of 4 seeds every 6"

Row Spacing:

When 1" tall, thin to 1 every 6"

When to sow outside: 2 to 4 weeks before average last frost for late summer harvest, late spring for fall harvest, and in mild climates late summer for the following spring harvest.

When to start inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before average last frost.

Harvesting: Harvest leeks when tops are 12"-18" tall, shanks are about 1" in diameter, and the base is not yet bulbous. Use a garden fork to gently loosen soil, and then pull them up by hand. Leeks tolerate cold temperatures as low as 25°F, and can therefore be harvested even after a few light frosts.

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