Packet Content (approx.): 300 (0.9g)
Belonging to the Allium genus (Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum 'Carentan 2'), De Carentan 2 is a variety of Leek. It is an Vegetable and is treated mainly as a Annual, This means that it grows best over the course of a single year. De Carentan 2 normally grows to a mature height of 30cm (12 inches).
Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, Carentan 2 Leek is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintenance gardens. Leek seeds for the Caretan produces a hardy variety of leek that withstands the coldest of weather.
The De Carentan 2 leek has a dense, medium length shaft.
SOW: March - May or August direct into your soil or under cover at a depth of 1 cm
How to sow
The easiest method is to sow seed directly into the soil between March and April. Alternatively, you could sow in to 3 Litre plant pot this would eady-grown seedlings, By careful choice of varieties you could have an ample supply of leeks to harvest from mid-summer until the following spring.
On the allotment, seeds are best sown in rows, 30cm apart. Mark a straight line and use the corner of a rake to make a shallow groove in the soil, about 1cm deep. Sow seed thinly along the trench, cover with soil, water and label. When seedlings have three leaves each, about four to five weeks later, thin to leave plants every 10cm - the seedlings you remove could be used to plug gaps elsewhere.
Alternatively, seedlings grown in plant pots. They will be ready for planning out direct in to ground during May and June. To do this, make a holes with a dibber, 6 in/15cm deep 10cm between plants 30cm betweet rows, and drop a seedling into each hole. Using a watering can,(DO NOT FILL HOLE WITH SOIL) fill the hole with water and allow to soak away - this will draw enough soil over the plant to cover the roots and produce wonderful blanched stems as the leek grows.
Keep plants well watered, especially during dry spells and harvest from summer onwards.
Bare soil is an open invitation to weeds, so carefully remove any stray seedlings, avoiding the grass-like young leek plants - it's essential to clearly mark the row so you don't remove plants by mistake.
As Carentan 2 is very hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.
Suitable for the vegetable garden, allotments and containers.
Be prepared to water well and supplement feed with high-potash feed during season. Regular feeding is recommended.