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ONION EXHIBITION A SERIOUS RIVAL TO THE KELSAE - ONLY THE BREEDER CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE!

Enthusiastic vegetable gardeners are sure to appreciate the introduction by DT Brown of onion Exhibition. The seedsman says this remarkably similar progeny of The Kelsae is a first-rate substitute while seed of its parent remains in short supply; its keen pricing (£2.99 for 100 seeds) will be noted by potential exhibitors. In fact, so close is it to The Kelsae that only its breeder can really tell the difference.

David Kerley, better known as a flower breeder and the Cambridgeshire man responsible for the world-famous Tumbelina petunias, tells the story. "My plan was  to develop an onion to rival The Kelsae. When grown side by side with The Kelsae and other giant onions there is one significant point of difference which I, and only I, know, so I can always identify my variety. This was proven in official trials, where the experts could not see the difference, but in three different unlabelled plots I was able to pick out Exhibition. During the breeding we grew onions of around 2Kg with simple culture, and without the tender, loving care an enthusiast would give". 

Keen vegetable growers have long sought onion The Kelsae - the daddy of them all on the showbench. Seed crops have been uncertain recently, but DT Brown hopes to have a reliable supply available soon. For the 2017 season, the company highly recommends 'super-sub' Exhibition, which has the same qualities as The Kelsae.

Written on Sunday 15th January 2017 by Emily Plumb

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