Plant Care Wild Leek

Wild Leek

Also known as

Elephant Garlic, Elephant Garlic, Broadleaf wild leek, Wild leek and Allium porrum

Taxonomy

Allium ampeloprasum
Allium
Amaryllidaceae
Asparagales

How to care for Wild Leek

💦 Water

How often to water your Wild Leek

Water needs for Wild Leek
0.5 cups
every 9

Wild Leek needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Wild Leek

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Elephant Garlic in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Wild Leek: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Wild Leek love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Wild Leek does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Wild Leek in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Wild Leek

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Wild Leek: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Wild Leek after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Wild Leek is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Common Elephant Garlic Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Wild Leek prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Elephant Garlic Water Frequency →

Elephant Garlic Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Wild Leek requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Elephant Garlic Light Requirements →

Elephant Garlic Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Wild Leek is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


💨 Humidity

Wild Leek doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Elephant Garlic Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Wild Leek does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Elephant Garlic →

When and How to Successfully Repot Elephant Garlic →


💩 Fertilizer

Wild Leek should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Wild Leek is native to the Northern Hemisphere, South America, and Africa.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Wild Leek grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Elephant Garlic →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Wild Leek can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Elephant Garlic Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Wild Leek

Wild Leek

Wild Leek


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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