Broad Leaved Nira
Broad Leaved Nira
This Japanese variety of Chinese leek (nira) has deep green, broad, thick leaves that have a garlic-onion flavor. It is also referred to as flat chives. Its tolerance of heat and cold makes it very easy to grow. Likes full sun and will also thrive in half shade. Once the plant is established, it can be divided and raised for several years. Excellent choice for home garden and commercial growing. Can also be used to grow the delicate yellow blanched Chinese leek.
- Approx. 700-800 seeds in packet. (A seed will vary in weight and size within a given seed lot. The number of seeds stated is only an estimate.)
- 115,000 seed count per pound.
- Maturity: Approx. 100+ days
- Planting season: Spring/early summer
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Cultivation: Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Direct sow seeds in spring/ early summer after last frost in sun or partial shade. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. If transplanting, do so when 5-6 leaves appear. Fully mature plants can grow 14-16" tall. Harvest by cutting just above ground level. For growing blanched leeks, only strong plants should be grown in this manner. Cover with a tunnel and exclude all light while continuing to provide all of the plant’s other needs. Harvest as usual.
For best germination, seed should be stored at 41°F until planted.
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: Very popular in Asian cooking. Use in soups, stir-fries, tempura, dumplings and salads. Excellent in egg and meat dishes. Use onion-flavored flowers as an edible garnish.