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    Default Feeding leek plants

    My leek plants are in individual plastic cups about 3ins high but as yet very spindly is it OK to feed them as I have some Chempak.
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    Don't over do the feeding as it is very early in the year and leeks are next winters crop so they still have plenty of growing time. If it was me I would give them a half feed about once a fortnight.

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    I don't put my leeks in individual pots Camerashy. I grow them all in maybe a 6" pot and let them get on with it. Yes, they will be quite spindley - it's April and I won't be eating them until next winter. When they've grown on a bit (some say as thick as a pencil, but I think before then) knock the lot out of the pot, divide and plant.
    They're very tough and not bothered about being divided. If the roots are fankled up just cut them off and cut some of the top growth to compensate. They're not drama queens and will just get on with it.

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    Feed leeks?
    what for? (I'm a bit lazy me ~ I just bung plants in the ground and let them get on with it)

    My leeks will get planted out in the summer - they are still spindly at the mo - and I will remember to net them this year against the dreaded Leek Moth

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    I don't feed my leeks, and they always do fine - I think onions are all pretty hardy, you don't need to worry about them.

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    Never even thought of feeding them!

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    Nope, I wouldn't feed them either. I grew mine in 5 litre pots for months last year until they were big enough to plant out, and only fed them once (with diluted compost juice) when they were just about filling the pot up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by queen of the cobs View Post
    I don't feed my leeks, and they always do fine - I think onions are all pretty hardy.
    That's true, but hardy means they tolerate cold weather. It's nowt to do with feeding or not feeding

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