Lexton has the long, thick shank of Megaton in a slower-growing, more cold-tolerant plant. Harvest well into very cold weather, after the early leeks are gone, in the afternoon during a thaw. Foliage is a healthy dark blue-green and holds upright off the ground. Very little bulbing or splitting, easy to peel, and high yield potential. Avg. 91,000 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.
Latin Name: Allium porrum
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CULTURE: A large, upright, nonbulbing type of onion. Matures long, thick, blanched stems topped with 1-1 1/2" wide flat leaves. For large leeks, provide very fertile soil. 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 grow full-sized transplants from direct seeding into a cold frame. Keep well-fertilized. Large transplants will grow the best leeks! TRANSPLANTING: Beginning in late spring, when 8-18" 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" apart for large leeks. 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. STORAGE: Wash 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: 165'/1,000 seeds, 1,650'/oz., 11 oz. or 105M /acre at 6 seeds/ft. in rows 30" apart. TRANSPLANTS: Avg. 6,000 plants/oz., 96,000/lb. SEED SPECS: SEEDS/OZ.: 9,375-11,250 (avg. 10,000). PACKET: 250 seeds (sows 38'-40' or 140 transplants) unless otherwise noted.