Chinook | F1 Pelleted Early Leek Seed
$5.60 – $1,110.00 AUD excl gst
Heavy weight very uniform leek for Spring and Summer production.
Chinook is strong against bolting and grows quickly from cold conditions. With long straight shafts with excellent colour uniformity this hybrid early season leek is fast maturing and very high yielding. Maturity from sowing 105-122 days. Trial against Megaton
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Allium porrum
TRANSPLANTS: 400seeds/open tray
INTENSIVE SPACING: 3 rows 25cm apart, spaced every 15cm, thin dibble to 20cm, don’t backfill
PREFERRED CULTIVARS: Varna, King Richard (summer), Megaton (autumn)
FERTILIZATION: Heavy feeder
DAYS IN THE FIELD: 75 to 130 days after transplanting
NUMBER OF SEEDINGS: 1 transplanted in early November
CULTURE: A large, upright, nonbulbing type of Allium. Matures to long, thick, blanched shanks topped with 50-75mm wide flat leaves. Leeks are heavy feeders and require fertile soil (pH of 6.2-6.8) for best results.
GROWING SEEDLINGS: Sow in flats in Aug-Sept, 6mm apart, 6mm deep. Transplant to 75mm plug flats when large enough to hanule, or start in plug flats, thinning to one plant per cell.
TRANSPLANTING: Beginning in late spring, when approx. 20cm tall and pencil-thick, transplant outdoors 15cm apart, rows 60cm apart in holes dibbled about 15cm deep. Only 25-50mm of leaves need extend above the soil surface. Do not firm soil – allow irrigation or rain to fill in the dibble hole.
DIRECT SEEDING: Sow in early spring, 6 seeds/30cm, 6-12mm deep, in rows 60cm apart. Thin to15cm.
BLANCHING: During the growing period hill the plants with soil 2 or 3 times, higher with each hoeing. This forces the leaves higher up the plant resulting in extra long blanched stalks and a much greater edible portion. When using the “dibble method,” hilling is reduced or eliminated.
HARVEST: When plants reach desired size, loosen with a spading fork and lift plant.
STORAGE: Clean leeks and store several weeks at near freezing in a humid cooler in boxes, or store in a root cellar with roots in moist soil/sand/peat mix.
DAYS TO MATURITY: From transplanting; add 20-30 days if direct seeding.
- Latin Name: Allium porrum
- Days To Maturity: 70-85 Days from transplant, 105-122 days from direct sowing
- Life Cycle: Annual