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West Coast - Varna Organic

West Coast - Varna Organic

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CERTIFIED ORGANIC! Varna Organic leek seeds produce what may be the ultimate summer leek. It grows so quickly that it can be harvested at the green onion stage for gourmet baby leeks when planted close together. Otherwise, grow this Bulgarian type leek out to full size at 45cm (18″) tall. The highly uniform, flavourful leeks are very cylindrical and quite thick. The dark green leaves are upright and rigid, with good tolerance to leaf diseases. Varna is named after a town (and region) in Bulgaria. Bulgarian type leeks are bred for size and flavour, and Varna lives up to both.

Matures in 60-80 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Quick Facts:

  • Summer & fall harvest
  • Fast growth
  • Slender, uniform stalks
  • Refined flavour

How To Grow

Leeks are a valuable addition to the garden because they can be used instead of pungent storage onions from October until April. Even in heavy soils, leeks are easy to grow and have lots of flavour. Follow this handy How to Grow Leeks from Seed guide and you will grow food all season long.

 

Latin
Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum
Family: Amaryllidaceae

Difficulty

Easy, but slow. Transplanting required.

Season & Zone

Season: Cool season
Exposure: Full-sun
Zone: Overwintering leeks are hardy to Zone 7.

Timing

Start summer/fall harvest leeks in February/March in flats indoors. Start winter harveset leeks from March to mid-June in a humus-rich nursery bed outside, and then transplant. Optimal soil temperature: 10-25°C (50-75°F). Seeds should sprout in 10-16 days.

Starting

In flats: Sow seeds 5mm (¼”) deep, about 1cm (½”) apart. Transplant when 20cm (8″) tall. Space 15-20cm (6-8″) apart in rows 45cm (18″) apart.

Growing

Ideal pH: 5.-6.5. Leeks like fertile soil with lots of compost and ½ cup complete organic fertilizer worked in beneath each 2m (6′) of row. use a dibber to make holes 15cm (6″) deep. Set transplants at the bottom of the hole and cover with soil up to the first leaf. Leave the rest of th ehole unfilled – rain will fill it in as the leek grows. To blanch further up the stem, hill soil up around the stem as the leek grows, or mulch with straw. Dates of maturity are from transplant date.

Harvest

Dig anytime the leeks are 2cm (1″) in diameter or larger.

Seed Info

In optimal conditions at least 65% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 1 year. Per 100′ row: 240 seeds, per acre: 70M seeds.

Companion Planting

Grow leeks with beets, carrot, celery, onions, and spinach. Avoid planting near beans and peas. Leeks help repel carrot rust flies.