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ALLIUM porrum 'Bandit'
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Delicate, sweet and lacking the hot acidic taste of onions, Bandit garden leek is a must for the herb and vegetable garden! This selection is much more tolerant to winter cold and frosts and has very dark blue-green leaves. Usually grown as an annual, it is a slow-growing biennial that isn't affected by diseases that afflict onions. When 'Bandit' flowers (in the second year), it produces pinkish white flowers in the spring. Small bulbils form in the balled flower clusters and can be removed and placed in soil. The garden leek is native to southern Europe and western Asia where it thrives with rich soil, full sun, and cool summers.
Plant the seeds or young bulbils in full sun and fertile, moist, well drained soil at a depth of two or three times their width. Leeks can be grown in hot climates if given afternoon shade and cool soil. They require regular water to thrive. In cold winter areas, plant leek transplants in the early spring to harvest them late as long as soil doesn't fully harden with frost. As the plant grows, keep soil mounded around the stem up to the lowest leaf joint. This process, called blanching, will keep the thick stem of 'Bandit' white and mild-flavored. Dig up the stems when they are half an inch to two inches thick (one to six centimeters), or after about 120 days. Usually not forming many small bulbils, any small plantlets of 'Bandit' uprooted at harvest can be immediately replanted.
Grow 'Bandit' in the vegetable garden where its erect, uniform and attractive foliage can be used ornamentally while growing. It can be harvested at any time for culinary use. The small leaves and stems may be chopped and used like scallions. Larger slices of the leek stem may be boiled, fried or eaten raw in salads. The mild flavor perhaps could be described as a combination of cucumber and hints of sweet onion, quite common in Welsh and French cuisines. In Wales the garden leek is a national floral emblem and can be used as both a fresh cutflower or dried filler.
7 - 1
6 - 9
A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
Full Sun, Partial Sun
1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m
Europe, Southern Europe, Russia/Siberia, Northern Africa, Central Asia, Western Asia
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Green, Blue Green
Blue Green, Dark Green
Blue Green, Dark Green, Yellow Green
Container, Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Edible, Herb / Vegetable
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