Ramps ( Wild Leek ) Seeds


Useful gardening information

Ramps, Allium tricoccum, also known as wild leeks, are native to the eastern North American mountains. They can be found growing in patches in rich, moist, deciduous forests and bottoms from as far north as Canada, west to Missouri and Minnesota, and south to North Carolina and Tennessee. In early spring, ramps send up smooth, broad, lily-of-the-valley-like leaves that disappear by summer before the white flowers appear. The bulbs have the pleasant taste of sweet spring onions with a strong garlic-like aroma.

As one of the first plants to emerge in the spring, ramps were traditionally consumed as the season's first "greens". They were considered a tonic because they provided necessary vitamins and minerals following long winter months without any fresh vegetables. Traditions evolved around the annual gathering and preparation of this pungent plant. Throughout the mountains of the eastern U.S., including many western North Carolina counties, annual spring ramps festivals are held.

Ramps grow naturally under a forest canopy of beech, birch, sugar maple, and/or poplar. Other forest trees under which ramps will grow include buckeye, linden (basswood), hickory, and oak. A forested area with any of these trees present provides an ideal location for planting a ramp crop. Areas that host trillium, toothwort, nettle, black cohosh, ginseng, bloodroot, trout lily, bellwort, and mayapple should be suitable for growing ramps. If there is not a wooded area available to grow ramps, a shade structure can be erected over the planting site.
Hardy for zones 3-8.


Sowing Instructions

Although ramp seeds can be sown anytime the soil is not frozen, late summer to early fall is usually considered the best time for seeding ramps. Fresh ramp seeds have a dormant, under-developed embryo. The seed requires a warm, moist period to break root dormancy and a subsequent cold period to break shoot dormancy. Some years there is enough warm weather after sowing in late summer or early fall to break root dormancy. The following winter cold breaks shoot dormancy and the plants emerge in spring. If there is not an adequate warm period after sowing, the seed will not germinate until the second spring. Thus, ramp seeds can take 6 to 18 months to germinate. Being able to provide adequate soil moisture and protection from wildlife are other key factors in determining where and when to sow seeds. Production from sowing seeds to root harvest can take 5 to 7 years.



Ramp ( Wild Leek ) Seeds


NB69 Ramps ( Wild Leeks )
Very hard seeds to come by! We can only offer small starter packs, but these plants will multiply quickly over a few seasons if allowed to do so, we recommend you should start your batch now!

( Allium tricoccum )Considered by many to be the best tasting member of the onion family. The leaves are are very tender early in the Spring and the bulb is edible year round, though they can toughen up in the summer.
Broad, smooth, light green leaves, often with deep purple or burgundy tints on the lower stems begin arriving in small troops as soon as the snow disappears.

 750mg pack of seeds ( average 30-40 seeds ) $3.95
W233 Chinese Leeks ( Allium tuberosum rottler )
The Chinese Leek, also known as Chinese Chive, has a long history in Chinese and Japanese kitchens as well as the medicine cabinet. Has a delicate garlic-chive flavor. The leaves can be prepared in stir-fries, egg dishes, meat or fish dishes, or even by themselves. The Japanese make a tempura snack by tying the leaves into a bundle, dipping them in batter, and deep-frying them. The pretty, star-like white flowers make this herb an attractive addition to the garden. If they're not being used in a vase on the table, the flowers and flower buds can be part of your meal. The flowering stems retain their color when cooked and can be steamed as you might prepare asparagus. Flower buds are tasty in a salad, dressed with a little oil. In Asia, the flowers are sometimes ground into a spice.

This variety grows large broad leaves with long stems. Plants are very vigorous in warm climates and can be harvested many times per season. Young large leaves are very tender and delicious, widely used in various Oriental cooking. This unique variety is also very good for blanching plants in totally dark (not exposed to light at all) environments, to grow the delicate yellow Chinese Leek, also called "Joe Huang" in Chinese.

 1g pack of seeds ( average about 100 seeds ) $2.95
TRZ043 Wild Garlic ( Allium canadense )
Also known as as Wild Onion. The seed we sell are actually the top-set bulbs of the plant. Allium canadense matures to 18" in height and has light pink to pink flowers.
All parts of the are edible, the underground bulbs, the long, thin leaves, the blossoms, and the bulblets on top. The bulblets are small cloves the plant sets where it blossoms. Harvesting them is a little easier than digging for bulbs but those are easy to find also. They are usually two to four inches underground. The bulblets are borne on the tips of the leaves at the top of the plant. It is called both names because while it is a wild onion it has a very strong garlic aroma.
It is a very versatile plant doing well in almost every sun and soil type: medium-wet through dry soil conditions and full sun to full shade.
The bulbs of Wild Garlic are edible will add a hint of garlic to any dish, very good for when you want only a little garlic flavor. Also can be applied to insect stings. Making tea from the bulb has been used to control coughs and vomiting. Smaller bees are very important pollinators of the Wild Garlic's flowers. Rabbits and deer tend to avoid eating all the Allium species due to the onion scent and the spicy taste of the foliage.
Wild garlic is both antibiotic and antibacterial and is known for helping in reducing blood pressure.
Allium canadense attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Other common names include Meadow Garlic and Wild Onion.
Wild garlic grows well in sandy or well drained soil and full sun, though it also tolerates moist soil and partial shade. For most efficient growth, plant in the fall; the bulbs will remain dormant until early spring. Bulbs can also be planted in early spring. Work the soil deeply, then place the tiny bulbs root end down and 3-4" apart, lightly covered by soil; for bigger clumps, plant three bulbs together.
 1.5g pack of top set bublets ( about 20-25 ) $3.95