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Leek Roots: to trim or not to trim.


 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:19 am    Post subject: Leek Roots: to trim or not to trim. Reply with quote

Conventional wisdom has it that when transplanting young leeks outdoors the roots should be trimmed.

However, recent advice is to avoid this practice; to leave the root long as they are.

Where did the trimming practice come from? Is it just to make the roots more manageable for inserting into the planting hole?

I'd be interested to hear users' thoughts.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i never trim them
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Greenage
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's all answered here in this video!

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Grow-Your-Own/Veg-A-to-Z/Leeks

Trimming the roots and leaves does reduce the yield, but it makes transplanting far easier.
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