These graceful members of the Amaryllidaceae family are easily grown in kitchen gardens, much to the dismay of local grocers who normally command a king's ransom for them. Also known as Allium porrum, Leeks may be grown in partly sunny spots. For home gardeners, we recommend raising them as transplants, since seedlings are delicate at first. You may, however, direct-sow when soil reaches over 45°F in the spring, as soon as the ground can be worked. To avoid breaking their tender stalks, use a spade to loosen the soil around the Leeks' roots before harvesting. Deer resistant.
Average seed life: 1 year.