In the north east of the UK growing Pot leeks for show is still a big thing. There
are relatively few written resources about growing them and the whole thing is still
steeped in myth and legend. If you wish to try your hand at this art I have
listed a few sources of information. However, nothing is better than making your
way up to the north east and speaking with the growers who are only too willing to
help, advise and sell you some good stock.
If you are starting out you need to get some good stock. The small potted up that
are purchased from top growers usually in the late autumn or early winter can cost
anything from £8 to 20 per dozen. They need to be kept frost free at 5-7 degrees
Celsius and potted on regularly until in April/May they are hardened off and put
in your specially enriched ‘leek beds’ either outside or in a poly tunnel.
I recommend that beginners grow either Yorkshire Greens or Yorkshire Blues as these
seem to do well in our area. However, it doesn't harm to try some other popular
varieties if the fancy takes such as Sammy Dickinson Cross, Blythe Beauty, Belsay
Blue, Cumbrian, or Thurston to name but a few.