Return to the Vegetable Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

What to do with second year leeks?

Posted by steve22802 7a VA (My Page) on
Wed, May 2, 12 at 17:57

I planted leeks last spring and harvested them during the fall and winter but apparently I planted quite a bit more than what I actually needed so now I have quite a few remaining. Some are starting to bloom now. How long should I expect them to continue to be edible? Do they die after blooming?

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: What to do with second year leeks?

They will stay tender enough to eat, as a rule, until the flower stalk grows to about double the height of the foliage and the blossom bud gets about the size of a large marble/ping pong ball. You can eat the "scape" -- the bud and stalk, if you wish, much in the way garlic scapes are eaten.

After that, it will to too tough to really eat, although you could always throw it into soup, etc., and remove and discard after it releases its flavor into the broth much like one would with bay leaves.

The flower is very attractive and ornamental. After flowering, it makes a large round green seed head which self-sows easily, and 2 to 4 baby leeks will emerge in the fall from the base of the old flower stalk to repeat the whole cycle.

RE: What to do with second year leeks?

Great info denninmi -- thanks! I left a few of my leeks in this year to flower, because I heard they are very pretty and that the bees love them. So glad to know they will make more leeks for me for next year, too.

RE: What to do with second year leeks?

  • Posted by jolj 7b/8a-S.C.USA (My Page) on
    Wed, May 2, 12 at 21:18

Really? Leeks(never grown them) are perennial or biannual.
Thanks for the tip.

RE: What to do with second year leeks?

Thanks denninmi. I believe I'll leave some of them in place to form those baby leeks around the base. Sounds like I could have a perennial leek bed.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Vegetable Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here