Leeks – Musselburgh


A tried and tested traditional variety
With its strong growing habit, Musselburgh produces huge, handsome leeks with thick stems and dark green leaves. It is reliable, easy to grow, winter hardy, with good disease resistance and an excellent strong flavour. It will be ready for harvesting late summer to early winter.


Number of plants: 20

Variety: Musselburgh (organic)

Can be grown in: Raised beds are perfect for growing leeks. Find out more about growing leeks in our growing guide below.

In the kitchen: Delicious in soups, stews and pies. You can steam, fry or boil. Finely chopping leeks brings out their flavour and texture.

Can be delivered from: Late April to July. These plants will arrive bare-rooted with an approximate height of 12-25cm.

The right site

Leeks like a sunny, sheltered spot that doesn’t get too waterlogged.

Can be grown in....

Raised beds are perfect or leeks, and you can grow them in a polytunnel too.

How far apart?

Plant leeks 15cm apart in rows 30cm apart.

Looking after your plants....

To plant your leeks, make a hole with a dibber or pencil 15- 20cm deep and pop your leek plant in.  Fill the hole with water and just allow it to soak away. This will draw enough soil over the plant to cover the roots and help to blanch the stems as the leek grows.


Label the rows

Label your rows so you know where your leeks are – they are easily lost.


Earth them up

Earth up (pull a little extra soil into a small mound around the leek) as they start to grow – this will give you leeks with more white on the stem.


Water weekly when dry

Water well every week during dry periods.


Weed with care

Carefully weed around your plants, particularly when they are still young.

Storage Tips

You should harvest leeks as you need them as they don’t store very well.

Ways to cook

Leeks love thyme. It’s a truly tasty combination and you can’t go wrong gently cooking chopped leeks in butter and adding handful of fresh thyme with a pinch of sea salt.

When we deliver
We deliver these plants from late April/early May until July, depending upon the season. It is a little tricky for us to give a specific date as we do not use any artificial heat to raise our plants, so we are a little dependant on the weather.

You can order from…
These plants are available to be ordered and dispatched right up until late July, as the plants arrive as healthy young plants and will have already been growing for at least 2-3 months before you receive them, giving you a great head start on your vegetable growing!

Do I need to sign for them?
All our plant orders are dispatched with an overnight courier* to mainland UK and do not need to be signed for when they are delivered, but will be left somewhere safe. When placing your order, please let us know where you would like the plants left if you are not in when the courier delivers.

We will keep you posted
You will receive an email approximately a week before your order is dispatched and another on the day your plants are packed and leave us so you know to expect and prepare for their arrival.