Site and Soil Suitable for Growing Leeks


Some herbs are sensitive and choosy, but not leeks.  Leeks are hardy plants that can grow almost anywhere.  They are not very particular on the site and soil where they are grown.

This doesn’t mean though that they shouldn’t be taken care of.  Although they can thrive almost anywhere they are planted, they do have some preferences which, when followed, would prove most beneficial during harvest time.

Leeks can tolerate shade, but ideally, they must be planted in an open site where they can get plenty of sun during the day.

This herb can also be grown in most soil types—light and moist, firm, ordinary garden soil and even heavy clay.

But one of the basic soil requirements for growing leeks is it should be free draining.  The soil must also be slightly alkaline.  Dressing the soil with lime or dolomite would help raise the pH of your soil if it is below 6.5.

To make harvest even more productive, enrich the soil by adding lots of organic material or well-rotted manure before planting or sowing seeds.  Fresh manure would make your leeks tough and too leafy.

Water your leek plants during the first week after transplanting.  Make sure to keep the soil moist at all times.  After that period, you can leave the leeks alone as they can thrive on their own.

You would need to water them from time to time especially if your soil is lighter and drains freely; heavy soils would not need frequent water application.

As your leek are growing, mound up more soil around the stalks of each plant.  This would force the leaves to grow higher, leaving you with more white and tender stalks.