How to Preserve Lemongrass and Leek Seed Types For Year Round Use
When planting seeds, make sure that the leeks you are using have been weeded before. This will allow your seedlings to come up to the surface quickly, improving germination and homing. You can also plant these leeks in your garden to help increase the production of your vegetables and fruits.
sow leek seeds in a one-inch thick paper bag. Space them six inches apart. Time for germination 6-8 days after planting. Do not use old newspaper or pickling bags for this.
Once your seedlings have sprouted, you will want to start leek seeds indoors. If you have not already started, do so when you have about a week until frost. That way your plants will have a few days' worth of warmth to start germinating. To start, make sure your window is not closed tightly. The heat from the sun can dry out your window frame making germination less likely.
Bring a handful of your seedlings into the house and place them in an area where they will not be disturbed. That way you can keep your seedlings well watered without interference. Make sure that you do not over crowd the area. This can cause the seedlings to become compacted together forming a hard structure. Once your seedlings are in a dry place to wait for them to sprout new leaves.
It takes four days for your seedlings to sprout their first set of leaves. This is also when you will see the first signs of leaf buds beginning to appear. Each set of leaves should be complete and have a diameter just slightly larger than the base of your thumb. After the four-day period is up you should pluck the remaining buds from your plant. These are the stalks of your leek flowers.
After your four day window is closed you should place the remaining leek seeds on a tray and place them in a dark, cool place. Leek flower seeds can live for up to three years. While they are dormant during this time they will continue to grow until you replant them. You should plan to replant the seeds at least once every two years. If you allow them to grow to be too woody they will not produce any flowers during the time they are dormant.
Once your seeds are ready to be planted you should follow the directions on the package carefully. Do not over water or fertilize them as this can encourage root rot. This will also make it more difficult for the bulbs to mature fully and have full blooms by the time the last spring frost hits. You should water your plants about a week before the last frost and again about two weeks after it.
After your seed head has reached its proper moisture level it should be planted approximately one inch below the soil surface. To assure success, you should make sure that there are adequate drainage and no overhanging branches. If you are going to cover the whole plant with plastic, then line it up along the perimeter to be sure the seedlings are going to have room to grow. This planting routine should continue throughout the growing season as long as it is sunny and the weather is warm. It is important to remember that seeds will need plenty of water during the growing season as well.
Leeks make a beautiful addition to your flower garden and there are many ways to use leeks to enhance the look and feel of your favorite flowers. There are many ways to use leeks and you should experiment and find your own favorite way to incorporate them into your flower garden design. It is important to know that the more times you cover the seeds with dirt, the shorter their lifespan will be. This is true regardless of whether you use compost or soil, but the fewer times they are exposed to dirt the longer they will live.
You can save seeds from your plants by carefully taking them to a friend or relative who will not use them for planting. Sometimes seeds are damaged during transport and will require early spring care in order to germinate. This is why it is important to purchase your seeds in bulk and freeze them in the fall before you plan to replant them. You will have plenty of time to save seeds that will germinate in early spring. If you do purchase your seeds in bulk, you can also cover them with dirt between each plant until they are ready to transplant.
Some varieties of leek are grown specifically for the fact that they have strong stems that produce a profusion of stalks. If this is the case with your garden, do not prune the plant during the summer months as this can cause damage to the stems. Instead, remove the dead stalks and any fallen leaves on the ground. You can later re-polt the plant with organic matter such as bark, pine needles, grass clippings, and compost.