Leek, Pancho (Organic)
Excellent, quick maturing summer leek. Blue-green color with beautiful broad leaves. Pancho Leek is known for its speed, as it can be sown in March and harvested in August. A great variety for organic farmers that was nearly lost from the trade when hybrid leek seed arrived. It is just as good, if not better than the hybrids in every way. The main reason for hybrid leeks is the money that corporations can make by charging more for the seed. Not a traditional winter leek but it can overwinter fine in our part of Oregon.
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil February through April. Transplant into the garden April through June, once plants are at least the size of a No. 2 pencil lead. Space 6” in rows that are 1’ apart. Leeks benefit from frequent watering and shallow cultivation. Harvest as needed throughout autumn and winter.
To save seed, leave 20 or more plants in the ground through the second spring and summer. Large, beautiful, globe shaped flowers attract pollinators. Isolate from other leeks by at least ½ mile.