Allium fistulosum, Welsh Onion, Japanese Leek
Large creamy white globe shaped flowers in the second year. Hollow cylindrical mid green leaves. Culinary; the whole plant is edible. Use with egg, cheese, salads and stir fry dishes.
• Hardiness: H5 (-10 to -15C)
• Type: Hardy Perennial
• Height: 50cm
• Spread: 50cm
• Soil type: Fertile Sand, Loam, Free Draining
• pH: Universal pH
• Habit: Clump
• Flowering colour: Cream
• Flowering time: Summer in second year
• Uses: Culinary & Medicinal
• Attracts pollinators: No
• Container suitability: No
• UK native: No
• Caution: N/A
• Indoor Sowing: In early spring in prepared plug trays or pots, cover seeds with perlite. Bottom heat, 18°C, aids germination.
• Outdoor Sowing: In early summer direct into a fertile free draining soil, in full sun. Thin seedlings to 25cm apart.
• Propagation: Division
• Maintenance: N/A
• Harvest: May be picked any time from early summer onwards. Leaves do not dry well but can be frozen: using scissors, snip into a plastic bag and freeze.
Jekka's "How to Grow Herbs" videos, includes Jekka's video on how to sow seeds for an informative step-by-step guide to seed sowing.
At Jekka’s we sell herbs in 1 Ltr and 2 Ltr pots. These are established and hardy herb plants that are grown following organic principals and to survive the UK climate. Please read Jekka's blog that contains her top steps to growing on your herbs.
If you think your herbs need a little more attention we always recommend an environmentally friendly solution, and these are Jekka's top three:
- Maxicrop liquid seaweed: 'Feed on Fridays' as Jekka always says for all round good plant health.
- SB Invigorator: a safe and effective insecticide and fungicide to help control a wide range of pest species
- Epsom salts: the horticultural equivalent of what you put in your bath to top up magnesium and stop orange leaves.
One of our three core roots is that we are Environmentally Conscious and for the past 30 years all the herbs grown at Jekka’s have been raised following sustainable, environmentally friendly and organic approaches resulting in a remarkable biodiversity at the herb farm.
Our herb seeds are also untreated and can be used to grow organic herb plants.