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Champion The Kelsae onion back for 2019

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

Legendary exhibition variety available as module-grown plants

After a serious crop failure a couple of years back, showbench favourite onion the Kelsae is available again this year to vegetable exhibitors.

Grown in four secret locations in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Holland and Italy, seedsman DT Brown was able to harvest its biggest crop for several years but are only offering the Kelsae as module-grown plants for 2019.

General manager Tim Jeffries said: “The Kelsae is a notoriously difficult crop to grow commercially and until the seed is harvested, cleaned and germination tested it’s impossible to tell how much seed, if any, will be available for our customers.

“This season, whilst the overall seed crop was good, the germination rates aren’t great and are lower than we are prepared to accept for offering it to our customers as packeted seed.”

By selling them as module-grown plug plants, the company has negated the germination issue.

Healthy, strong young plants

The plants will be delivered from late April and customers will receive healthy, strong young plants with well-developed root systems that are ready to plant out.

In exhibition circles, The Kelsae has a reputation that’s second to none.

A regular winner at the National Vegetable Society national championships in the ‘large exhibition’ and ‘1kg to 1.5kg’ onion classes, it’s unusual in also having a delicious, sweet flavour.

They are available to buy now, 40 plants cost £12.95.

To order plants or for a copy of the Fruit and Vegetables Grower’s Seed and Plant Catalogue 2019, write to DT Brown, Bury Road, Newmarket, CB8 7PQ, telephone 0845 371 05 32, or go online 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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