Large American Flag Leek (Allium porrum) is a variety of leek that is known for its large, white shanks and dark green leaves. It is a hardy, cool-season vegetable that is well-suited for fall and winter gardening. It has a mild, sweet onion flavor and is a good source of vitamin K, vitamin A, and vitamin C. This variety is particularly well-suited for home gardening and small-scale farming.
To grow Large American Flag Leek, you will need:
- Well-drained, fertile soil, rich in organic matter
- Full sun or partial shade
- Leek seed or seedlings
- USDA Organic certification
Start seed indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date or sow seed directly into the ground after the last frost.
Transplant seedlings to the garden after all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed up. Space the plants about 1-2 feet apart.
Water the leek regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.
Fertilize the leek with a balanced fertilizer every 4-6 weeks.
Keep the leek free of weeds and remove any diseased or damaged leaves to help prevent disease.
Harvest the leek when the leaves are large enough and the white shank is thickened.
|1-4||Start seeds indoors or sow seed directly into the ground after the last frost date|
|4-6||Transplant seedlings to the garden or direct-sow seeds into the garden|
|6-8||Water the leek regularly, keep the soil consistently moist|
|8-12||Fertilize every 4-6 weeks with a balanced fertilizer|
|12-16||Keep plants free of weeds and remove any diseased or damaged leaves|
|20-24||Harvest the leek when the leaves are large enough and the white shank is thickened|