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Leek 'King Richard'

Allium porum

Hardy Biennial

A particularly early cropping variety that can be lifted by July from the very earliest sowings, but will easily stand until Christmas from a later sowing. The long, slender stems of Leek 'King Richard' are full flavoured and ideal for slicing. This RHS AGM variety can also be grown close together for delicious, succulent mini leeks, but is best harvested by Christmas as it is less hardy than some other varieties. Height: 45cm (18"). Spread: 30cm (12").

Ideal For:
patio, kitchen garden
Sowing Months:
March, April
Position:
sun or semi shade
    • 1 packet (125 leek seeds)

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    • Despatch: Within 1 days
    • £2.69 £0.99

Direct sow outdoors at a depth of 1cm (½") from late March to April into a well prepared seedbed, for transplanting to their final positions later on. Alternatively sow leek seed indoors from January to February at a depth of 1cm (½"), in modules using free-draining, seed sowing compost. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a plastic bag at a temperature of 10-15C (50-59F) until after germination which usually takes 14 -21 days. Once germinated, grow leek plants on in cool conditions until all risk of frost has passed.


When leeks are at least 20cm (8") tall, gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7-10 days before transplanting them into the well prepared, rich fertile, well drained soil in sun or semi shade. Plant leeks at a distance of 23cm (9") between plants and 30cm (12") between rows. Alternatively grow leeks in patio bags of good quality compost. Using a large, thick dibber, create each planting hole to a depth of 15cm (6") and lower the leeks into the holes ensuring that they reach the bottom. Fill each hole with water, washing sufficient soil around the plants to ensure that they can establish. This planting method will produce leeks with well blanched stems. Cover with a protective netting or fleece to prevent attack from birds and insects. Water the plants thoroughly after planting.

Leeks should be watered regularly until fully established. Once established, they will only require watering during very dry periods. Hoe between rows of leeks to destroy weeds and bring insect larvae to the surface. Leeks can be harvested from autumn onwards; however they stand well in the ground and can be lifted when required throughout the winter and spring. Lift leeks by levering them out of the ground with a spade or fork.
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Reviews
  1. Excellent

    By Hazel Cartledge 10-10-2016

    I've grown these from seed and I'm impressed with outstanding germination levels and development into perfect, tasty veg with no blemishes or attack by insects etc. They have thrived despite lack of expert care during the growing season - perfect for the lazy gardener. Really enjoying the 2016 harvest now.

    Ryan
    10-10-2016

    Thank you very much for your review. I am glad that you have been happy with your purchase. I hope we can continue to be of service to you in the future.

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