Leek seeds are small, blue-black, succulent seeds that can be used for a wide variety of things. You can make a fun project out of it by putting a bunch together, letting them dry and cracking them between your hands into beautiful little balls of fun. You can use the seeds to decorate with dried on colors or create a lovely pattern on potpourri for your home. They will not float down as they do in the rain, so your plants will stay firmly planted. If you don't want to put them in a mixture with your regular seeds, they can be purchased in loose form and crumble right over your regular seeds.
To dry place the leek seeds in a clean glass display case that has been lined with wax paper. Put this paper bag over the seeds and gently swirl them around to remove any air bubbles. Once they have become dry, carefully put them into a lined cardboard box and seal them up tightly. Store them in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight and artificial light.
In early spring, it's going to start getting cold. When this happens, your leeks seeds aren't going to sprout. It's going to be up to you to continue to grow them until summer comes and the temperatures start to dip a little. You don't want to wait until the last spring frost when the ground could still be warm enough to grow your crops. This is the time to prepare before the frost hits.
You can make use of this time to prepare your flower head for the planting season. This might be the most important step. You want to make sure that your leeks seeds are ready before the first frost. Using a sprayer, spray the area with a mixture of water and soap. Then, using a piece of cheesecloth, gently wipe your flower head and seeds down, making sure to remove as much of the soap or water as possible.
You can make use of this time to carefully remove any excess seed head from the plant leeks. If you have overwinter leek seeds, you will want to remove as much excess seed head on this fall as possible. If you do not, you will probably have to replace the plant with a new one when the next frost falls.
When you get around to planting your crop, you will want to be careful about how you store your seeds. You should never lay the seeds directly onto the soil. This can lead to soggy holes in your garden if the weather is quite wet. The best way to store your seeds is in a plastic egg carton, airtight and sealed. Put your seeds in at least two weeks early and spread out to protect from extreme weather conditions.
One thing to keep in mind if you are trying to save seeds for the fall season is that the temperature may well be colder than what you would like for your seeds to germinate in. If you wait too long, the germination temperature may well fall much lower than you might like. A good rule of thumb is to wait till late in the fall before sowing your seeds. If you don't, you could find that after the first few weeks of dormancy your seeds are no longer viable for planting.
Leeks are a great source of valuable potassium and magnesium, as well as iron. This is why it is a great choice to save seeds indoors during the cold months of the year. If you grow anything that needs a lot of calcium, then you can grow vegetables using leeks. Just be sure that you don't use leeks in the summertime because you may find that they are hard to store for long periods of time without spoiling. Keep this in mind when you are choosing seeds for the fall planting season.