Allium porrum 'Musselburgh'

Allium porrum 'Musselburgh'

Leek

Key Information

  • Botanical name: Allium porrum 'Musselburgh'
  • Common name: Leek

Height: 60cm

Spread: 20cm

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Leeks are grown for their 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. Seed 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 deep hole to increase the length of the stem.

Allium porum 'Musselburgh' is a reliable mid-season leek, bearing heavy crops of short, thick stems with a good flavour and tender texture. It's a particularly hardy leek, making it a good choice for growing in colder regions areas.It shows good resistance to rust and bolting.

For best results grow Allium porum 'Musselburgh' in moist but well-drained soil, in full sun to partial shade. Keep the area weed free and water well while plants become established.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Boggy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Plant
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Harvest
Harvest
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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Harmful if ingested

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