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    Care of Leeks
    Leaves which grow too long can be trimmed back slightly so that they do not rest on the ground. Cut the long dark leaves back by about 5 cm (2 in) in early summer and again in mid summer, and a third time if it is necessary, in early autumn.

    do people practise this method

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    This is my first year at leeks but will look at doing that now
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    Quote Originally Posted by hawthorns View Post
    Care of Leeks
    Leaves which grow too long can be trimmed back slightly so that they do not rest on the ground. Cut the long dark leaves back by about 5 cm (2 in) in early summer and again in mid summer, and a third time if it is necessary, in early autumn.

    do people practise this method
    Nope !!
    I start my leeks off about 30 - 35 to a 1 litre pot, and when they are big enough to plant out, I take the clump out the pot, trim the roots to about 1", seperate the leeks and drop them into dibbed holes about 4" - 6" deep then they are watered in. Apart from weeding, once maybe twice, the next time they get looked at is lifting time. Never had any problems - yet !!
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    So what is the thinking behind trimming several times?
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    I am with Piskie on this, i get the trimming the roots bit, seen that on GW et al, but what is the thinking behind trimming the leaves?
    I am always wary of trimming leaves on ANYTHING in growing time, its where a plant absorbs all its energy for growing?
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    well if i had any leeks to cut ....... i need to work on the actual germination problem before i try killing them by cutting bits off lol

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    It's only if the leaves fall over, when they do - soil can get in and work it's way down so I suppose it keeps them clean. I do chop mine, but only if they are dragging on the ground.


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    Well I grow mine the same as Sewer Rat and its never failed me yet. In fact sometimes they are the last veg to get planted, as they manage to keep themselves growing in their pot for ages whilst I find a space for them.

    Got about 20 in the open bed in the tunnel now just tootling along nicely and I'm sure (as other years) they will have a quick spurt of growth in April/May and alow pulling in June. I have never ever trimmed a leaf.
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