The Land Rover Owners Wife

Leek, Bleu de Solaise (Blue Winter leek)

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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: Bleu de Solaise (blue, winter leek)
Sown indoors: 13th February 2014
First Seedling: 19th February 2014
Germination: 6 days
Germination ratio: 22/28 seeds sown (by 28th February)

Two days after first appearance.

Leek Bleu de Solaise   Leek Bleu de Solaise

26th February: 7days old

Leek Bleu de Solaise 28th February: 9 days old and what looks like the final seedling has appeared.

Leek Bleu de Solaise   Leek Bleu de Solaise

21st March: 1 month old

After a couple of weeks on the bathroom windowsill, I moved these leeks outside into one of the growhouses and they are thriving.

Leek Bleu de Solaise

17th May: These leeks are now living under the insect netting in one of the raised beds and are growing slowly but surely. They have a much darker blue/green colouration than the other variety I am growing.

Leek Bleu de Solaise

6th June: The leeklings are now not far off from being ready to plant out …. but not this weekend, as the weather is a little on the stormy side.

Leek Bleu de Solaise

18th June: the leeks were ready for planting out and I planted alternate rows of this variety and the other one, Jaune de Poitou. The cardboard tubes will help blanch the leaves, to create a longer section of tender white leek.

Leek Bleu de Solaise   Leek Bleu de Solaise

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One thought on “Leek, Bleu de Solaise (Blue Winter leek)

  1. Hi Elaine. I need to sow some more leek seeds as only two came up and if I want to take advantage of the late season warmth to get them going I need to act now! Sowing seeds for winter doesn’t come with half the excitement spring seeds have. It says summer is nearly over, not summer is nearly here!
    I definitely need to be more like you with my record keeping – sometimes things are lucky to have a label at all. I just planted a collection of miscellaneous brassicas, hoping they will show me who is who later on…
    Enjoy your seed sowing season.
    Cheers Sarah : o )

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