This delicious tasting member of the onion family produces leaves that are a medium green with a nicely elongated stem 20-22.5 cm (8-9") long and 5-7.5 cm (2-3") thick. Plants grow on a sturdy upright habit with tops (flags) reaching between 50-100 cm (20-39") tall. Musselburg Leeks are mild tasting, with white stems that are fantastic in stews, soups and other dishes.
Leeks are a versatile and delicious vegetable that are easy to grow in a variety of climates. They prefer cool weather and can be planted in early spring or late summer. Leek seeds should be sown 0.5-1cm (¼-½”) deep and spaced 5-10cm (2-4”) apart in rows spaced 30-45cm (12-18”) apart. Keep the soil moist until the seeds germinate, which usually takes 7-14 days. When the seedlings are 15-20cm (6-8”) tall, thin them to one plant every 15-20cm (6-8”) to give them enough space to grow. Leeks prefer well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season. Leeks are ready to harvest when they are 2.5-5cm (1-2”) in diameter. To harvest, loosen the soil around the leek and pull it gently out of the ground. Leeks can be eaten raw or cooked and have a mild, sweet flavor.
Soil Conditions: Well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Planting Depth: Sow seeds 0.5-1cm (¼-½”) deep. Germination: 7-14 days. Height at Maturity: 45-75cm (18-30”) tall. Days to Maturity: 80-120 days. Watering: Keep soil moist until seeds germinate. Leeks prefer consistent watering throughout the season. Sun/Shade: Full sun to partial shade. Spacing after Thinning: Thin seedlings to one plant every 15-20cm (6-8”).