Growing Carentan Leek Seeds
- Latin Name: Allium porrum
- Days to Maturity: 95-110 days
- Hardiness Zone: All zones in United States
- Planting Depth: 1/2”
- Plant Spacing: 8-10”
- Row Spacing: 2’
- Soil Preference: pH 6.5 to 7
- Temp Preference: 60-65 degrees for germination
- Light Preference: Full sun or light shade
- Pests/diseases: Leek months, thrips, and powdery mildew
- Color: White stem with green leaves
- Flavor: Onion-flavor
Carentan Leek Growth Habits:
Sow seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost date. Plant the open-pollinated, Carentan leek seeds 1/2” deep and thin to about an inch when the seedlings reach 3 inches high. After hardening off, you may transplant them 8-10” apart. To maximize the white part of the leek, mound up soil around each plant. Leeks can stay in the garden until just before the ground freezes.
Transplant the leeks 4 to a square foot.
Various Culinary Uses for Carentan Leek:
Leeks are a great addition to many dishes. Before using, however, make sure to wash them thoroughly as there may be dirt between the layers of the leek. Once clean, heirloom Carentan leeks are best cooked to release their subtle flavors and soften their fibrous texture. You can use them to make a rich, hearty potato leek soup. Or pair them with asparagus for a great vegetable quiche. You can substitute them for onions in any recipe.
Carentan Leek Benefits:
Leeks grown from non-GMO, heirloom Carentan leeks are a great source of vitamins A, C, and K. Vitamin A helps protect the eyes from age-related decline. Vitamin K is important in promoting efficient blood clotting. Leeks also contain iron, important for red blood cells, and manganese, which assists in regulating nerve functions and the brain. Finally, leeks are a good source of fiber.
Seeds Per Package:
- 1.5 g - Approximately 475 Seeds
- 0.25 oz - Approximately 2,750 Seeds
- 1 oz - Approximately 11,000 Seeds
- 4 oz - Approximately 44,000 Seeds
- 1 lb - Approximately 176,000 Seeds
- 5 lb - Approximately 880,000 Seeds
- 25 lb - Approximately 4,400,000 Seeds