How to Save Leek (Allium ampeloprasum) Seeds
Seed Saving Guide #2716
Binomial name: Allium ampeloprasum
|Flower Type||Perfect, self-fertile|
|Other Isolation Methods||Grow one variety for seed saving; harvest other varieties before they flower.|
|Population Required for Viable Seeds||5|
|Population Required to Maintain Variety||20-50|
|When to Harvest||In the second season, when capsules containing seeds begin to split open. Mature seeds are black.|
|How to Harvest||
Cut flower stems (scapes) 20cm below umbels and dry in a paper bag or on a screen for 7-14 days until the seed head is dry. Gently rub capsules to release the seeds.
|How to Clean||
Screen or winnow to remove chaff if required.
|Image of Seeds|
A cold period of 6-8 weeks below 13°C is required for plants to produce seed. May cross-pollinate with Giant (Russian) garlic (Allium ampeloprasum).
What is Seed Saving?
Seed saving is the practice of collecting and storing mature seeds from open-pollinated plants. By allowing plants to reach full maturity and harvesting the seeds, they can be cleaned, dried, and stored for future use.