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Champion onion Kelsae back on sale

Return of the giant... showbench onion The Kelsae. Picture; DT Brown
Return of the giant... showbench onion The Kelsae. Picture; DT Brown

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.

For more on the crop destruction and alternative onion choices, click here.

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.

For more on growing onions from seed or set, click 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.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.


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