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Leek 'American flag'

Allium porrum 'American flag'

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American flag is a good variety of leek for home gardens as it is fairly easy to grow and produces delicate tasting leeks. American flag leeks produce heavy, tall, wide stalks that sweeten in autumn and winter.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Harvest blanched bulbs when they are about 3-4 cm in diameter, usually about 140 days after planting. Harvest with care as not to damage adjacent bulbs. Immature plants can be harvested throughout the growing season.

Propagation

Seed
Directly sow seeds outside or start indoors and transplant 8-10 weeks after sowing, 15-20 cm deep. Sow seeds 6-12 mm deep, in rows 15 cm apart. Germination: 5-12 days. Sow in Summer/Autumn.

Special features

Crop rotation
Light Feeder, do not replant onion family on the same spot, but replant with a different group of vegetables.

Geography

Origin
Mediterranean, Originated around 1870
Natural climate
Cool to temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Wet
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Edible
The stems, leaves and bulbs are edible

Personality

Family
Amaryllidaceae
Flower colour
White to pink
Scent
Mild

Problems

Rotate beds to avoid pests and diseases. Pests: Onion maggots, Onion thrips, Slugs. Diseases: Leaf Rot, Leek Rust

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