Early planted Leeks and Onions
At the moment I am very happy with the progress of both my Pendle blanch leeks, my Cumbrian Pot leeks and my own selection from the Ivor Mace Large exhibition Onions, all of course destined for Tatton and were started off August last year. The leeks are in 30 litre pots and last week they had their first collar made from builders damp course and cut to 12 inch by 9 inches. It’s now rolled on giving me a height of nine inches, this will be removed before long and rolled the other way to give me a collar height of 12 inches.
The onions are now on nine leaves with two support clips supporting the leaves whilst another single clip is used to keep the stem growing upright. This is important if I am to harvest onions with good form or shape on them.
The pot leeks Cumbrian, are showing the usual blotches on the leaf which is a virus that seems to curtail somewhat the earlier growth. However the growth will quickly improve as the plant seems to grow out of this early virus affecting the leaf. Watering all these is quite critical with the water being targeted around the inside of the pot rim and never aroud the centre of the plant.
Time will tell if this is going to work, don’t forget these were initially intended for the Chelsea flower show in May so all could end with a disappointment if they throw up a seed head. I shall keep you posted.