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PERENNIAL LEEK GROWING INFORMATION
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BOTANICAL NAME: Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum
Perennial leeks, Multiplier leeks, Perpetual leeks
Perennial leeks are similar in appearance to garlic, with flat grey-green leaves. Leeks are biennial
and will flower in the second year. A very useful plant that is extremely hardy and pest resistant.
They grow well from the subtropics to cool temperate areas and tolerate frost. They do best in full sun
but will tolerate partial shade.
leeks are a delicious vegetable and are used in soups, stews, quiches
and baked alone. The white shaft plus 10 - 15 cm of the green leaves are eaten. Perennial leeks are very
versatile in the kitchen; young slim leeks can used in a similar way to spring onions; mature leeks are
harvested and used before flower spikes appear.
Perennial Leeks are propagated by replanting the small offsets that form around the clump. To propagate
simply divide the clump and start a new row with the offsets.
Space plants 15 cm apart with 30 cm between rows.
Recommended planting time:
Anytime offsets are large enough to handle
transplanting; avoid hot weather.
Plant offsets deeply (10 - 15 cm) and water well.
Leeks prefer a fertile, well drained soil with a pH of
6.5 - 7.5; avoid using fresh manure.
Not to NORFOLK ISLAND, NT, SA, TAS or WA
SORRY but due to quarantine restrictions between Australian States no plants at all can be ordered
by residents of Norfolk Island
. These restrictions are very important as they prevent
the spread of plant pests and diseases. No potatoes, garlic, shallots, strawberries or tubestock
can be sent to South Australia
. No tubestock can be sent to
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