Bleu de Solaize

Bleu de Solaize Leek OG

(110 days) Open-pollinated. This hard-to-find French heirloom is so named because its dark green leaves sometimes develop a tinge of blue during cold spells. Hardy fat medium-long shanks with mild flavor good in soups. Dates back to the 19th century. Adam Tomash and June Zellers have successfully overwintered it in Zone 5 and trialer Donna Dyrek in Zone 4 with only straw mulch for protection.


2425 Bleu de Solaize OG
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Leek

Allium porrum

1 gram packet ~240–360 seeds, 116 oz packet ~400–600 seeds; 1 oz, 6,400–9,600. Days to maturity are from date of transplanting.

Culture: Start indoors in Feb. or March and transplant out in spring almost as soon as the ground can be worked. Set 6–12" apart in trenches in well-dug beds with generous quantities of organic matter. Avoid transplanting next to grass strips; slugs love to dine on tiny allium seedlings. Irrigate seedlings whenever the topsoil dries out. Early leeks have tall shanks above ground and should be harvested before severe frosts. Hardier leeks have broader, shorter shanks and will hold till November. Leeks brought into the root cellar will survive almost all winter if heeled into soil. Leek seed is short-lived. Retest 1-year-old seed before using, and discard anything older.

Minimum germination temperature 50°, optimum range 60-70°.

Alliums

Diseases: PB: Purple Blotch, PR: Pink Root