London (change)
Today 24°C / 16°C
Tomorrow 22°C / 16°C

Allium porrum 'Musselburgh'

Leek

Reader rating

From 0 ratings

+ Add a review

Key information

Skill level

Experienced

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

This important winter vegetable is grown for its long, thick, white stems or 'shanks'. Early varieties mature from August to early winter, when the hardier dark-leafed maincrops take over until April or May. Plants may be sown direct and thinned, but most gardeners prefer to raise seedlings under glass or in a nursery bed, and then transplant them by dropping each one in a 10cm to 15cm (4in to 6in) deep dibber hole to increase the length of blanch. Mini-leeks are popular, sown direct and thinned to 2.5cm (1in) apart for use when the size of spring onions.

Family: Alliaceae

Genus: Allium

Species: porrum

Cultivar: Musselburgh

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Boggy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 60cm

Spread: 20cm


Reader reviews

Be the first reader to review the Allium porrum 'Musselburgh' Leek!

Add your own review

Please register or login to add a review