Leek : Baby Primor
Fast maturing for summer harvests
Bred in France for premium fresh markets, we import Primor for extra-early yields of top-quality, non-bulbing leeks with tender-sweet, snowy flesh. This vigorous hybrid germinates quickly and sizes up fast for ample summer harvests. You'll have lots of leeks to pull as 1/2" thick babies and grill to sweet succulence, or grow to maturity as long thick bulbless shanks full of juicy flavor. A marvelous French specialty.Amaryllidaceae Allium ampeloprasum
Leeks need looking after carefully, because they grow slowly and don't have a lot of foliage. They do not form bulbs the way onions do but instead develop thick cylindrical stalks.
Leeks grow best in moist soil. Give the plants constant moisture and apply a mulch.
Moderate nitrogen. Moderate potassium. Moderate phosphorous.
Leeks aren't a very hungry plant.
Watering, regularlyWater, 0.5 inch(es), regularly, 2 times a week
Keep the soil moist with regular watering.
Watering also depends on your local weather; don't water if it's raining, or water more frequently if it's dry. Just be sure to keep soil moist for the best crop. The best way to know how much moisture is in your soil is to feel 2" below the soil line. If it's dry, water.
Weeding, regularlyregularly, every 3 weeks
The lack of foliage makes young leeks very vulnerable to competition from weeds. It is very important to keep them well weeded, so they don’t get overwhelmed. Leeks are quite shallow rooted, so be careful if weeding with a hoe (it’s safer to hand weed).
Protecting, while danger of frostMulch, 4 inch(es), while danger of frost, 1 time
Mulch is essential in areas where winter temperatures drop below 10˚ Fahrenheit. It not only protects the plants from cold, but also stabilizes the soil temperature. This prevents frost heaving, which can damage the roots. It’s best to apply a mulch while the soil is still warm, to hold in the heat.
Side Dressing, when 3in tallCompost tea, 3 gallon(s) per 100 sq. ft., when 3in tall, 1 time
Side Dressing, when 12in tallCompost tea, 5 gallon(s) per 100 sq. ft., when 12in tall, every 4 weeks
Thinning, during fruit productionduring fruit production, 1 time a week
During the growing season thin Leeks to the variety requirements. You may continually thin which will allow you to eat tender young Leeks. Thinning Leeks, before they reach full size, is a process that can be utilized until the crop reaches full maturity. Harvest by thinning alternate plants, as this gives the remaining plants more room to grow. Just be sure you don’t disturb their roots. Alternatively you could take the largest plants first, leaving the others to size up.
Side Dressing, before harvestSoil, 4 inch(es), before harvest, 1 time
Blanching: Leeks are often blanched to get a longer area of white stem, as this is considered superior to the green part. Blanching is usually done with soil, either by hilling up the stems (to just below where the leaves start), or filling up the trench they are growing in. Some gardeners wrap corrugated cardboard collars around the plants before blanching to prevent soil getting lodged between the leaves (no one likes gritty Leeks).
You can also blanch the stems with a deep mulch (4"), which has the advantage of not being gritty.
Side Dressing, to conserve moistureMulch, 2 inch(es), to conserve moisture, 1 time
Leeks don’t cast much shade, so they are vulnerable to weeds and the soil is prone to drying out in sunny weather. A layer of mulch helps the soil retain moisture, keeps down weeds and is a source of nutrients for the soil.