Seeking help with Leeks
I've been growing Leeks for years and think I have the basics down fine. One thing that I am hoping someone can help me with is seed saving and seed life extension [Serinde? I know you take them seriously in your area]. I save seed and alternate between two varieties to avoid any crossing even though leeks are mostly self pollinators. Like many alliums, leeks are biennials so I leave 6-10 undug the following Spring for seed production while growing the opposite variety for the current year. Last year the seed harvested germination tested a 0%. I froze the seed for a few weeks and retested and got the same result. I have no idea why. Seeing that I could not maintain my usual rotation I froze the seed I had left of the current years variety for use this year. When I germ tested that seed originally it ran at around 20%. When tested before using this Spring it tested at 0%. I was forced to actually buy seed. Two questions for those that can help. I know that alliums typically have short seed life but are there tricks to extend it? When saving seed, my saved seed typically germ tests at only 20-30% but I have seen purchased seed that claimed 70-80%. Am I likely doing something wrong with my technique? Thanks for any and all help with this.