Carentan Leek (Allium ampeloprasum)
This old Swiss heirloom is prized for its mild, sweet flavor and large but tender stalks. A cold hardy, fast grower, Carentan is terrific for fall-winter production. Delectable raw, roasted, grilled, and sauteed.
- 250 seeds minimum
- Germination: 5-10 days
- Maturity: 110
- Direct sow 1/8” deep in full sun as soon as soil can be worked. In northern climates, start indoors 8 weeks before last frost date. Plant multiple seeds into each container. Harden off seedlings before planting.
- Plant 2 per inch in rows 12-18” apart. To transplant, separate young plants and set 4-6” apart.
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This was my first time growing leeks, and they did great! No problems with any pests or rot - I harvest a lot of them throughout the fall, and I have left some in the ground - they should overwinter so I can eat some more in early spring.