Bulgarian Giant Leek Seeds
Bulgarian Giant Leek Seeds
First off, ONE ORDER PER PERSON! I want to get these to as many people as possible and when these are gone, that's it. This is the seed saved in my video series on the subject. I've been saving and refining this seed for at least 5 generations. It is a tall narrow type of leek that is ideal for home gardeners because of size as well as ease of harvest and cleaning. The top and bottom can be slashed off quickly in the garden leaving long, dirt free, self blanched stalks. No need to plant them deeply or spend a lot of time washing dirt out. I hate doing that! The tops can still be used for cooking and stock of course.
If Bulgarian Giant has one downfall it is hardiness. I start seeing some damage on some leeks below 20 degrees Far. I've been selecting against that of course, but there is going to be a limit. Short fat leeks seem to be hardier, which may be one reason for their popularity. I've been tipped off to a hardier tall leek, Gigante di Inverno by someone in Vermont who said they can overwinter it there. Even if you can't overwinter, this variety should still make a good summer leek for fast growth and size and they can be pulled up with some dirt on the roots and held in a cellar or similar into the winter. Some winter protection might help extend the season. Elliot Coleman's books Winter Harvest Handbook and Four Season Garden are excellent resources for extending the season in cold climates using unheated covers.
This seed is from 2017 and tested out at 97% germination rate in a 100 seed batch. I plant mine in mid to late winter and transplant out in the spring so they have lots of time to get big. They are in eating here from mid summer through to the next spring. Read more about growing Leeks and Bulgarian Giant here.
Folded origami seed packet has 450+ seeds. That is enough to grow a lot of leeks for a couple years, or save seed for yourself. Saving seed is easy and they won't cross pollinate with other onions or garlic, just with other leeks. I would recommend getting some new genes into the mix though as these come from a pretty limited gene pool and eventually inbreeding may become a problem. I address that and what I would do to continue refining or working with these in the last video of the series. Comes with information on growing and saving seeds. ONE ORDER PER PERSON, so I can get them to as many people as possible. I am not growing these seeds again for the foreseeable future, but the variety is available from other sources.
I will attempt to send these out of the U.S. as necessary, but I can't guarantee they will make it through customs. I'll contact you after ordering with any additional shipping charges. If they are available in your country, please buy them from a source there, and save me the hassle of questionable international shipping. My seed original seed was from Italy.