The Land Rover Owners Wife

Leek, Autumn Giant

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This is a record of how long this particular set of seeds took to germinate and how they looked at various stages from first appearance to the development of the first set of true leaves and beyond. I hope this will prove useful.

Variety: Autumn Giant
Sown indoors: 7th February 2013
First Seedling: 19th February 2013
Germination: 12 days

Leek seedling emerging

Leek seedling emerging

Leek Seedlings 3-6 days after emerging

Leek Seedlings 3-6 days after emerging

The Leeks are now in the unheated small greenhouse, as experience has taught me that they do not like warm, centrally heated houses.

Leeks at 2 weeks old

Leeks at 2 weeks old

Now at two months old, I have moved my leeks outside, still in their tubs and under netting. Barring any predictions of severe frost in the next week or two, they will stay outside in their tubs until big enough to plant out into their bed.

2 Months old

2 Months old

Enjoying the fresh air but with the protection of the netting.

Enjoying the fresh air but with the protection of the netting.

At nearly 10 weeks old, these are beginning to thicken up nicely.

At nearly 10 weeks old, these are beginning to thicken up nicely.

These leeks are approximately 3.5  months old now and are filling out very nicely. I’ll probably give them another week or two and then look to plant them out.

Leek Autumn Giant

At nearly 4 months old, the seedlings were fat enough to be panted outside. Planting leeks is very easy: make a nice deep hole (I use my dibber to do this); carefully remove a leek; gently shake of any excess soil/compost; carefully place leek into hole but DO NOT back fill with soil; and then water the leek into place. I know it sounds strange but it really does work and any leaning leeks will right themselves over time.

Leek Autumn Giant

It is exactly 5 months since the first seedling emerged and the leeks are starting to fill out. Most of them now stand about 1 foot tall and so far there is no sign of rust on them but that is probably down to the extended hot spell we’re enjoying.

Exactly 6 weeks since planting out

Exactly 6 weeks since planting out

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One thought on “Leek, Autumn Giant

  1. This is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you so much for taking the time to document and explain 🙂

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