Got My Kelsae seeds today

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    So looking forward to cheese and onion sarnies next year....... Can you grow cheese?;)
     
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      Do those big onions taste the same as regular size onions?
       
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        They taste slightly milder @Snorky85 - and they don't store very well compared to smaller varieties. I dice them up and open freeze them, then stored in a bag in the freezer we can use for stews, currys etc.
         
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          I ordered my Kelsae a couple of days ago, planning to get an early sowing on 1st December. I am so disorganised this year I still haven't packed away my grow lamps from the spring, I will be needing them in a few weeks so it pays to be lazy :)
           
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            I never put my grow lamps away either. I'm tempted to try the Kelsae onion too. I just end up cutting them up and freezing them so may aswell do the same. Could be fun growing it. (Did i actually just say that?!?:rolleyespink:)
             
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              I've got a new white rot free growing area for 2021, so have got these

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                What is the germination success rate would you say? 60 massive onions....that's a lot of onion :biggrin:
                 
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                  60 Ailsae, 60 Kelsae and 100 Mammoth Red would be too much for us, so will probably save half for next year, especially as I'll also be growing a load of leeks and have also put 194 garlic cloves in.
                   
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                    My 12 garlic cloves have just surfaced :)
                     
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                      I've got onion white rot in my current garden so I'll be growing in containers.

                      Yeah Scrungee, I got my seed from Fosters, did you get the free carrot seeds?
                       
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                        I'll be growing some onions in containers as 'insurance'.

                        Got a free pkt of Kuruda stump type carrot seeds with my order. Got all excited when I saw 3 pkts as i thought they'd doubled up on something I'd ordered.

                        20 Of my 194 planted cloves are Elephant Garlic.


                        P.S. Peter Glazebrook sowed the first of his onion seeds on 5th October.
                         
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                          Kelsae have always germinated well for me, I will sow a dozen and expect to plant out around 8 allowing for failures and a couple of runts. I also grow lots of onion setts and Bedfordshire Champion from seed so will be self sufficient.

                          Kelsae need a lot more growing space than ordinarily varieties so allow for that too. The seed is relatively expensive and stores ok for 3 years at least.
                           
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                            I only grew them (Kelsae) once. From memory, the germination was pretty poor. That said, I tried growing ‘ordinary’ onions from seed this year, and couldn’t get any to germinate :scratch:
                             
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                              I grew some once. All I got was a single large (golf ball size) clove from each one.
                               
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                              Counted my onion seeds this morning:

                              Ailsae approx '60 seeds' contained 160
                              Mammoth Red '100 seeds' contained 170
                              Kelsae '60 seeds' contained 110

                              That's a lot better than T&M's quantities.


                              Something went wrong, so they only produced 'rounds' which if replanted the following year would have turned into bulbs, like this one of mine

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