Hurry… limited number of plants available
Showbench onion exhibitors and lovers of monster veg… great news.
Two years after a freak hailstorm wiped out the entire crop of exhibitors’ favourite The Kelsae, seedsman DT Brown has announced its return.
Expert breeders following a painstaking reselection process have been able to bulk up their mother stock and have enough seed left over to sell a few plants for spring 2018.
Onions’ secret location
The company plans to use the mother stock to produce a commercial crop in four secret locations in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Holland, and Italy and hopes to be able to re-introduce the seed in 2020 all goes well.
DT Brown’s general manager Tim Jeffries said: “I’m delighted that The Kelsae is back. I’ll never forget the day I got a call from our Italian growers with news of the storm.
“Not only have we enough mother stock to lay down a commercial crop, the bonus is that there’s a bit of seed left over to offer as plants for this season too.”
The Kelsae has a legendary reputation in the world of show vegetables. A regular winner at the National Vegetable Society’s national championships at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show in the ‘large exhibition’ and ‘1kg to 1.5kg’ onion classes.
The Kelsae’s good flavour
It’s also unusual in the exhibition worlds as it has a good, sweet flavour – no tasteless, watery mush here.
Plants of The Kelsae Onion are modular grown in individual cells to minimise root disturbance and are hand graded, packed and will be despatched from mid-April 2018. They are available to buy now, 40 plants cost £11.95.
To order, or to request a copy of the Fruit and Vegetables Grower’s Seed and Plant Catalogue 2018, write to DT Brown, Bury Road, Newmarket, CB8 7PQ, telephone 0845 371 05 32, or go online at www.dtbrownseeds.co.uk.