Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Growing Leeks in Kihei

Blue Solaize and Sherwood Leeks

Leeks are easy to grow. They take a long time to reach maturity but they can be
pulled at any stage of growth. The best time to plant leek seeds in Kihei is in the
cooler months - November through January.

The Sherwood seeds were planted in October and were about 1 inch wide when
pulled this week. The Blue Solaize were planted in January - they're a beautiful leek
but they were slow to germinate.

Leeks need full sun, daily water and monthly applications of fish emulsion or an organic all-purpose fertilizer. I plant leeks in containers and they need a soil depth of at least 9 inches. Grown in containers they're rarely bothered by any pests.