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King Richard

King RichardLeek Plants


Product ID: 2403

Remarkable earliness and size.

Beautiful full-sized leeks. In favorable soil and culture, the white shanks are over a foot long to the first leaf. Medium-green leaves with full habit. While not hardy enough for overwintering, they will withstand medium-heavy frost (32° to 20°F/0° to -7°C) without losing their healthy appearance. Leeks are easy to grow from these field-grown, spring-dug plants. When the plants arrive as dormant starts, just separate them and transplant out. Avg. 50-60 plants per bunch (unit). Organic seed is also available.

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Days to Maturity or Bloom:   75

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Shipping Information & Notes

This product cannot be shipped to the following states:AE, AP, AS, FM, GU, HI, ID, MH, MP, PR, PW, VI

This product cannot be shipped to Canada

This product cannot be shipped outside the United States or Canada

SHIPPING NOTE: 1) Leek plants are shipped weekly from mid-January through the end of April, starting in the southern U.S. You may choose your desired ship week or plants will be sent at the appropriate planing time for your location (by USDA Plant Hardiness Zone). Please be aware that by choosing ship dates earlier than the recommended date for your zone, there is a chance that the product could freeze in transit.

2) Plants arrive as dormant starts. Expect them to be dry and/or pale in color due to dormancy and shipping. They are very hardy and will thrive if cared for properly.

3) Offered in bunches of approximately 50-60 plants, one variety per bunch.

4) Plants are shipped via the U.S. Postal Service within the continental U.S. Please provide a physical UPS address if ordering 11 or more bunches.

5) Leek plants cannot be shipped to HI, ID, outside the U.S., or to U.S. territories.

Growing Information


CULTURE: A large, upright, nonbulbing type of Allium. Matures to long, thick, blanched shanks topped with 1-1 1/2" wide flat leaves. Leeks are heavy feeders and require fertile soil (pH of 6.2-6.8) for best results.
GROWING SEEDLINGS: Sow in flats in Feb.-March, 1/4" apart, 1/4" deep. Transplant to 1 1/2" plug flats when large enough to handle, or start in plugs flats, thinning to one plant per cell.
TRANSPLANTING: Beginning in late spring, when approx. 8" tall and pencil-thick, transplant outdoors 6" apart, rows 24" apart in holes dibbled about 6" deep. Only 1-2" of leaves need extend above the soil surface. Do not firm soil - allow irrigation or rain to fill in the dibble hole.
DIRECT SEEDING: Sow in early spring, 6 seeds/ft., 1/4- 1/2" deep, in rows 24" apart. Thin to 6".
BLANCHING: During the growing period hill the plants with soil 2 or 3 times, higher with each hoeing. This forces the leaves higher up the plant resulting in extra long blanched stalks and a much greater edible portion. When using the "dibble method", hilling is reduced or eliminated.
HARVEST: When plants reach desired size, loosen with a spading fork and lift plant.
STORAGE: Clean leeks and store several weeks at near freezing in a humid cooler in boxes, or store in a root cellar with roots in moist soil/sand/peat mix.
DAYS TO MATURITY: From transplanting; add 20-30 days if direct seeding.
AVG. DIRECT SEEDING RATE: 1,000 seeds/165', 1 oz./1,650', 11 oz. or 105M/acre at 6 seeds/ft. in rows 30" apart.
TRANSPLANTS: Avg. 1 oz./6,000 plants, 1 lb./96,000.
SEED SPECS: SEEDS/OZ.: 7,700-10,700 (avg. 9,400).
PACKET: 250 seeds, sows 38-40' or 140 transplants unless otherwise noted.

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