|Easy to grow, edible members of this diverse family include Onions, Garlic, Shallots, Leeks, Green Onions and Chives. Leaves grow best in cool weather and moist soil. Mature Onions, Garlic and Shallots form bulbs in summer. Feed early in growing season with low nitrogen, high potassium and phosphorus fertilizers. Slower grown from seed, but you will get a larger crop and more varieties to choose from. Easiest to grow from small bulbs called sets. In mild winter areas, plant in fall. Elsewhere, plant in earliest spring. Store Garlic bulbs and Onions in a cool, dry, airy place out of direct light.
Used in many French recipes and commanding high market prices, Leeks are cherished for their white leaf stems which have a mild onion flavor. Leeks are easy to grow starting with seed sown inside 6 to 8 weeks before transplanting to garden in early spring. In mild climates plant spring through fall where summers are cool and in autumn where summers are hot. For tender white leaf stalks, blanch by mounding up soil at the base as plants grow. Harvest mature Leeks beginning in midsummer but plants can be eaten when younger.
Attributes - Allium porrum
Plant Type: Vegetable
Height: 2 ft. to 3 ft.
Width: 1 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Notes: Edible. Susceptible to Aphids, Caterpillars, Powdery Mildew, Root Rot, Thrips.
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