Leeks should be planted so they will mature in cool weather. They can be grown during spring by planting early maturing varieties in January or February. Late maturing varieties planted in August will mature in late fall and can be harvested during winter. If you have not grown leeks before, try planting some in February and August to compare the size and quality of plants at harvest for both seasons. You may find that one planting time is better than the other for your area. Following are some early and late season varieties to consider.
Carentan - (Baker Heirloom Seed, Organic Seeds) 75 days - European heirloom variety.
Lincoln - (Park Seed) 80 days - Plants 18-20 inches tall with stems up to 2.5 inches thick.
Roxton - (Territorial Seed) 85 days - Tidy, upright plants for early summer harvest.
Pandora - (Johnny’s Selected Seeds) 90 days - Long stems with upright foliage, rust tolerant.
Dawn Giant - (Burpee) 98 days - Plants up to 15 inches tall and up to 2 inches thick at the base.
Giant Musselburgh - (Territorial Seed) 105 days - A Scottish heirloom variety dating back to the 1830’s. Thick white stalks 2-3 inches in diameter. Winter hardy.
Titan - (Burpee, Oaktree Seeds) 110 days - Large, thick white stalks with a slight bulb at the base. Up to 8 inches long and up to 2 inches thick.
Striesen - (Renee’s Garden) 110 days - A German heirloom variety. Strong grower with tender, white stalks.
Baby Primor - (Renee’s Garden) 110 days - French hybrid developed for sweetness and tender texture, superior flavor.
Large American Flag - (Hometown Seeds) 130 days - Plants 10 inches long. Hardy, overwinters in mild climates.
Electra - (Harris Seeds) 150 days - White stem 7-8 inches long. Hardy, overwinters in mild climates.
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