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When to Plant
Leeks in Fairbury, Nebraska, United States of America

Planting vegetable seeds at the correct time is the most important step for getting the most out of your garden. Knowing exactly when to plant leeks in your garden in Fairbury, Nebraska, United States of America will increase growing success and provide better yields.

Check optimal planting dates regularly for best results because the weather, and our results, change daily. 

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The optimal time to plant leeks in Fairbury, Nebraska, United States of America is  - . The best day is with a success rate of %.

 

Anywhere between 70-100% is great. If consistently below that you may want to start growing from seedling or young plant, or possibly grow in sheltered environment

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Important leek growing information relevant to your exact garden location in Fairbury, Nebraska, United States of America:

The total number of frost free days for your garden in Fairbury, Nebraska, United States of America is days, but the total number of optimal days to plant leeks is days.

For best results you should start planting leeks in days starting .

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How to Grow Leeks in Fairbury, Nebraska, United States of America

Together with onion and garlic, leek belongs to the genus Allium. However, leeks do not taste like onions. Leeks have a more subtle and softer onion flavor with a mild sweetness. The leek is rich in history believed to have been grown in Egypt and Mesopotamia as early as the second millennium BCE. It is even mentioned in the bible in Numbers 11:5 referring to the Israelites wandering in the desert towards the Promised Land as they lament about how they miss food that they had while they were in Egypt. Leek is considered a “lucky charm” and a national symbol by the Welsh for helping them defeat the Saxons in the fifth century. Leek is easy to grow and most gardeners prefer to plant seedlings rather than directly sow seeds into the ground. Many plants suffer a form of “shock” when transplanted, but leeks are resilient and are easily transplanted without causing damage to the plant. If you are transplanting we recommend trimming off a 1/3 of the roots and 1/3 of the tops to reduce transplant shock and stimulate root growth. Leek is one of those vegetables that were more popular in ancient times than today because of the many different onion varieties available today that have taken its place. I love leeks and believe they are one of the tastiest in the onion family, but that’s just my personal opinion


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Use these images to know if your leek is heading in the right direction and growing properly. Exact number of growing days varies for each leek variety. Below is the average number of days for each stage gathered from many different varieties.

Germination
10 days
Young seedling
24 days
Mature seedling
39 days
Young plant
90 days
Mature plant
0 days
Total days:
163 days

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Young Seedling
24 days
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Mature Seedling
39 days
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Young Plant
90 days
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Total Days
163 days

Leek Germination Guide

(Stage 1: Germination)

Germination is the process by which a plant grows from a seed. It is the first stage of the plant growing process and it begins when the seed is sown and ends when the radicale emerges out of the seed.

All seeds require proper soil temperature, moisture, air and light conditions to germinate successfully. However, during the germination stage the seeds require more soil warmth and moisture than light exposure.

Seeds respire just like any other living organism, requiring oxygen and producing carbon dioxide (CO2), so it is crucial to use a soil media that is sufficiently aerated so that the seeds do not “suffocate”.

0% of our growing experts recommend to directly sow leek seeds into the ground. What is direct sowing and why do I care about it?

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Required germination period

6-12 days

(4 sources)
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Optimal germination period

9-14 days

(12 sources)
Required soil temp.

42º-94.3ºF / 5.6º-34.6ºC

(20 sources)
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Optimal soil temp.

60.1º-73.4ºF / 15.6º-23ºC

(29 sources)
Required day temp.

0º-0ºF / -17.8º--17.8ºC

(0 sources)
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Optimal day temp.

80º-86ºF / 26.7º-30ºC

(1 sources)
Required night temp.

0º-0ºF / -17.8º--17.8ºC

(0 sources)
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Optimal night temp.

70º-72ºF / 21.1º-22.2ºC

(1 sources)
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Optimal seed depth

0.4 inches / 0.9 cm

(14 sources)
Growmigo - Plant Spacing
Optimal plant spacing

3.2 inches / 8.2 cm

(10 sources)
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Optimal row spacing

21.3 inches / 54 cm

(2 sources)

Leek Growing Guide

(Stages 2-5: Growth)

Once seed has germinated and radicale has emerged the second stage of the plant growing process begins, developing from radicale to cotyledon -the embryonic first leaves of the seed forming a young seedling.

During the third stage of plant development cotyledon develops to 3-4 true leaves, stem begins to grow, becoming a mature seedling.

In the fourth stage the mature seedling develops to a young plant, ready for transplanting.

The fifth stage of plant development the plant is fully mature bearing fruit and/or flower.

The following guidelines apply to all of the leek plants’ needs during stages 2-5 from radicale emergence to full maturity. During these stages sunlight becomes a more active participant in plant growth and development than in the germination phase.

Soil pH is an important factor during these stages as well. What is pH and why is it important?

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Requires direct sunlight

(27 sources)
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Optimal
Required soil temp.

49.4º-89ºF / 9.7º-31.7ºC

(18 sources)
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Optimal soil temp.

66º-75ºF / 18.9º-23.9ºC

(5 sources)
Required day temp.

40º-NANºF / 4.4º-NANºC

(1 sources)
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Optimal day temp.

60º-86ºF / 15.6º-30ºC

(2 sources)
Required night temp.

40º-NANºF / 4.4º-NANºC

(1 sources)
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Optimal night temp.

55º-72ºF / 12.8º-22.2ºC

(2 sources)
Required sunlight hours

5-12

(10 sources)
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Optimal sunlight hours

6-9

(16 sources)
Required soil pH

6-7

(17 sources)
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Optimal soil pH

6.2-6.6

(22 sources)
Required watering amount

1-1.1 inches / 2.5-2.7 cm (per week)

(14 sources)
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Optimal watering amount

1-1 inches / 2.5-2.5 cm (per week)

(4 sources)
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Optimal depth

4.3 inches / 11 cm

(2 sources)
Growmigo - Plant Spacing
Optimal plant spacing

5.2 inches / 13.1 cm

(14 sources)
Growmigo - Row Spacing
Optimal row spacing

17.1 inches / 43.6 cm

(8 sources)

How difficult is it to grow leeks?

Growing leeks, or any other vegetable for that matter, is not hard, however some plants require more attention and care than others depending on the following factors:

 

Are you starting to grow your plant from seed? seedling? young plant? Depending on what stage plant you choose to plant will impact growing difficulty and patience.

The length of the growing season for your exact garden location.

If you have a short growing season and you want to start growing from seed then you may need to start the growing process in a sheltered environment (greenhouse or inside your home) which will require more involvement in the growing process.

Whether you direct sow in the garden or start in trays and then transplant also affects the level of difficulty

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Companion Planting Guide

for Leeks

What is companion planting?

Companion planting is intentional planting of two or more vegetables and/or flowers next to each other in order to positively impact plant health and yield

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