Harvesting Leek Plants: Tips On When And How To Harvest Leeks

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Harvesting Leek Plants: Tips On When And How To Harvest Leeks

You may have heard that it takes from two weeks to three months before you see any growth at all on your leek plants. That’s because the time required for the plant to reach maturity depends upon several factors such as soil type, light intensity, temperature and so forth.

In general, if you want to get a good yield of leeks, then you need to wait until the last week of June or the first week of July. If you are going to harvest them earlier than that, then you will only get a few leaves and they won’t taste very good. So don’t worry too much about getting them ready for harvest early!

However, there are some things which can speed up the process even further. For example, if you have planted your leek seeds in pots or seed trays then you can move them outside sooner than if you had planted them directly into the ground. The same is true of planting in a hole that you have made in the ground with a pitchfork.

If you can give them extra protection from the elements then you should do so, but only if necessary. Then once they reach the flowering stage, you should remove the flowers as soon as possible.

Harvesting Leeks

When you are harvesting leeks, you should make sure that you do so correctly. This is important so that you can get a good yield of them over a longer period of time.

The first thing that you need to learn is how to tell when the leeks are ready for harvest. You can tell that they are ready for harvest when the leaves fall over and become stiff. This means that they are getting ready to die down for the winter and that they won’t regenerate properly if you leave them any longer.

The second thing you need to learn is how to harvest them properly. You can do this by gently scraping the soil away from the roots with a spade. You should be careful not to pry them up from the ground because they will often break if you do this.

Once you have removed all of the leeks, you can then store them properly. If you don’t plan to eat them right away, it’s best to keep them in a box in a shed or garage where the temperature is fairly consistent. You should never store them in the refrigerator because they won’t last very long at all.

Sources & references used in this article:

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Leek and shallot by KRM Swamy, RV Gowda – Handbook of herbs and spices, 2006 – Elsevier

Pest and disease management by intercropping: suppression of thrips and rust in leek by J Theunissen, G Schelling – International Journal of Pest …, 1996 – Taylor & Francis

The effect of pretransplant inoculation with VA mycorrhizal fungi on the subsequent growth of leeks in the field by M Sasa, G Zahka, I Jakobsen – Plant and Soil, 1987 – Springer

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Sustainable leaf harvesting and effects of plant density on wild leek cultivation plots and natural stands in Southern Quebec, Canada by PP Dion, J Bussières, L Lapointe – Agroforestry Systems, 2016 – Springer

Infestation of leek by Thrips tabaci as related to spatial and temporal patterns of undersowing by J Theunissen, G Schelling – Biocontrol, 1998 – Springer

Epicuticular wax accumulation and fatty acid elongation activities are induced during leaf development of leeks by Y Rhee, A Hlousek-Radojcic, J Ponsamuel… – Plant …, 1998 – Am Soc Plant Biol

The effect of removal of extraradical hyphae on water uptake by vesicular‐arbuscular mycorrhizal plants by K Hardie – New Phytologist, 1985 – Wiley Online Library

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