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How to plant out leek plugs


Monty Don demonstrates how to plant out leek plants from plugs to grow smaller, more tender leeks.

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Flicksie 18/03/2016 at 00:01

I have almost given up on growing leek plugs, each year the same thing happens I plant them out about 4-5" apart water and deliver a feed chopped nettle water once a week and they grow about the thickness of a spring onion. Help please.

fidgetbones 18/03/2016 at 07:06

Try sowing from seed, and feeding with blood fish and bone. I dont think nettle feed is strong enough to boost leeks.

scroggin 18/03/2016 at 08:19

I grow from seed, I add a general fertiliser and some BF&B before planting out, once they are established they are left to themselves, they have huge root systems so I don't water unless it is a severe drought! I get good table size leeks every year, unless you're growing competition standard I don't see the need for supplementary feed.

Dave Morgan 18/03/2016 at 08:31

Leeks seem to thrive on some beneficial neglect for me. I sow direct into the soil and wait till they get to spring onion size, lift them and replant 8-9 inches apart. I never feed them, just earth them up a bit. 

Paul Charnock 18/03/2016 at 15:36

The main purpose of plug plants to my mind are to enable Nursery companies to distribute plants more efficiently using a minimum of space. They are able to grow plants this way in near perfect conditions and use automatic watering systems to keep everything just right.
When I had my allotment I grew Leeks in a prepared seed bed and transplanted them into holes and then just added water and earthed up as they grow.
Now I don't have enough space for a dedicated seed bed so this year I will be growing them in a seed tray and transplanting them into larger pots before planting into holes in the ground.
As a general rule it is best to feed the soil rather than the plant and if your soil has regular additions of rotted compost or manure then it shouldn't be necessary to provide a specific feed to leeks.