Allium porrum 'Musselburgh'

Allium porrum ‘Musselburgh’


  • Botanical name: Allium porrum 'Musselburgh'
  • Common name: Leek
  • Family: Alliaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable

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.

How to grow Allium 'Musselburgh'

  • Plant size

    60cm height

    20cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline / boggy

Plant calendar

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Do not Harvest in January

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Allium 'Musselburgh' and wildlife

Allium 'Musselburgh' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Allium 'Musselburgh' poisonous?

Allium 'Musselburgh' can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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