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Medwyn Williams

Hello. I'm Medwyn Williams – eleven times Gold medal winner at the Chelsea Flower Show, Past Chairman of the Royal Horticultural Society Fruit Vegetable and Herb Committee and President of the National Vegetable Society.

Planting leek bulbils or pips


The actual pricking out of the pips is simple – carefully remove them from the head and visually examine the root plate to make certain that they are pearly white and free from any corkiness or basal rot. Any suspicious heads will be discarded as they simply will not root effectively and inevitably they will collapse on you at a later date. The pips will be spaced out in large seed trays full of Levington F1 compost and then placed on a propagating bench with a bottom heat of 70�F and the air temperature will be maintained at a minimum of 55�F. As soon as they are visibly seen to be established and growing away, the artificial lights will be switched on and maintained for 24 hours a day right through to planting out time.


Growing Parsnips

25th July 2007 I am often asked what is the best method of growing both long carrots and parsnips for the show

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1 thought on “Planting leek bulbils or pips

  1. I don’t have grow lights. May I just lay the bulbils out on the top of soil in the garden to have full exposure to the sun? Should they be covered with row cover for a period of time? Thanks.

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