Growing Leeks

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
S S T T         S S T T

(Best months for growing Leeks in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings

  • Easy to grow. Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 46°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 4 - 8 inches apart
  • Harvest in 15-18 weeks. Loosen with a fork rather than pull by hand..
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Carrots

Your comments and tips

24 Mar 19, Bertie (New Zealand - temperate climate)
My leeks never fatten up. I wonder why.
20 Apr 19, Derek R (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I have just lifted a fantastic crop of leeks. They grew so easily which I didn’t expect through the summer months but so happy they did. Would it be ok to replant leeks in the same soil for winter.
15 Mar 20, Annette (New Zealand - temperate climate)
We planted out four leeks and this morning one is completely gone and another has a small piece of stalk left. What would be eating them? Thanks
16 Mar 20, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
You probably have some hungry rabbits eating your leeks. Otherwise, when it is wet enough, slugs will chew them too.
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Sounds like you planted them late in the season. Look at the guide here - maybe plant seed March and transplant 4-6 weeks later. Then harvest 11-13 weeks later. They should look like a leek not garlic. Do some research on the internet - how to grow leeks.

- Mike

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