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Onion Seed for 2022

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£5 per packet plus stamped addressed envelope.
Onions for posting – £15 for 20 plants plus £3 post and package.

Collection only:
7cm pots – £15 per dozen
1Ltr pots – £25 per dozen
2Ltr pots – £3 each
3Ltr pots – £4 each

Leeks for Sale Autumn 2021/Spring 2022

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The only leeks posted will be from cells. Normal posting from January until the end of February. Prices for all leeks by post – 20 plants for £20.00 plus £5 Post+Packaging.

**SPECIAL OFFER – COLLECTION ONLY**
Leeks collected from my greenhouse in October and November will be half price – only £10 a dozen. Collection only.

Normal Price List
7cm pots – £20 per dozen
11cm pots – £36 per dozen
2Ltr pots – £48 per dozen
3Ltr pots – £5 each
5Ltr pots – £6 each
ALL POTS ARE COLLECTION ONLY

Leek availability for 2022:
Original Cumbrian
Cumbrian Sammy Cross
Betty Black
Giant
JSN
Amelia
Mick Woods

Blanch Leeks:
Welsh Seedling
Berwick
RMG

Virus free Cumbrian 7cm pots

Stock Update March 2021

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Hi Everyone

Just a quick update to let you all know that my plants direct from cell are now out of stock so I can no longer post anything. I have updated this on each product.

Please make sure if you are placing an order for anything remaining in stock that you are able to collect as they cannot be posted once in pot.

Thanks
John

Stock update September 2020

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Hi All

I hope everyone has remained safe during these uncertain times. We have not seen many shows this year due to the pandemic but hopefully next year we will have plenty more.

Stock for 2021:
All stock is looking very good and plentiful. I am starting to set leeks away and will have a full range, the same as last year. Orders are now being taken via the website. All prices have been held at the same rate as last year.

PLEASE NOTE: THE ONLY PLANTS THAT CAN BE POSTED ARE FROM CELLS. ONCE POTTED THEY CANNOT BE POSTED, THESE ARE COLLECTION ONLY.

Hopefully this year I will be able to keep you updated with more regular blogs.

Stay safe and well, look forward to hearing from you,
Thanks
John

Please read – stock update as of 20th jan 2020

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Please do not proceed with any orders for leeks on the website as I have no stock left unfortunately.

The website will allow an order to be placed as I have not yet been able to update the stock list online however any orders placed from this date will not be met and therefore will have to be refunded.

Thanks
John Soulsby

Description of the JSN Leek

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The JSN, (John Soulsby New).
Bred by myself this is the latest leek to make its mark, winning the NPLS championship in both 2017 and 2018. This leek has been described by many as the perfect leek. It has a very smooth, straight barrel with great solidity and is perfectly round. The foliage is a nice dark green colour which emphasises the pure white barrel. The parents of this hybrid where a Giant mother plant and a very good Cumbrian providing the pollen. The seedling was grown in a trench with no fertiliser or manure added. After careful selection I chose this plant which was 17” around and 5” to button.
Now this all sounds good but there are a few problems when growing this breed. The foliage is very brittle and will crack if damaged. I also found a few of my leeks bent above ground level. Another fault was splitting on the barrel, but I think this is the fault of the grower. This leek needs no fertiliser to grow as it is very vigorous and has no virus .
The JSN is definitely a leek of the future once we learn how to grow it properly. Maybe not a banker as yet.
That concludes my description of the 5 top pot leeks. I apologise for any breed I may have missed. I look forward to seeing new leeks over the next year or two. Here are some to watch out for.
Keith Forsters, Amelia. Derek Richardson’s leek we got a glimpse of this year. John Lawsons new leek we seen on Facebook. And two or three new Hybrid leeks grown by Peter Kerry.

Description of CSC

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The CSC or McKenzie as some people call this leek, was bred by Joe Calvert.
It first came to the showbench at the Jennings World Championship in Maryport where Joe Calvert came second. The main fault was evident from the first time I handled this leek. It had and still has a crease running up the side of the leek from the base upwards , which causes a soft spot on the side of the leek and when stripped shows up and makes the barrel very coarse.
The leek has had success in lots of shows and is widely grown because it is easy to achieve very big cubic measurements. It is still a nice leek up to about 16” as seen above, but loses quality when overgrown. Apart from being a coarse leek it sometimes carries heavy suckers and also gets a hole in the rootplate.
Not a leek I grow to show but is still a popular choice as it’s easy to grow and wins the biggest for best shows.

Description of Cumbrian

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The Cumbrian is a top class leek winning shows for two decades. This is another breeding from Joe Calvert.
The Cumbrian has probably been the most successful leek in the history of the NPLS , taking top honours for almost 20 years. A lovely shaped leek that strips very well to retain good quality. A fault appears on the base if over stripped causing an uneven base known as a saddle. As the leek reaches 20 years old there are flaws appearing mostly due to poor stock selection.
New growers to this leek may struggle to achieve a good size but learn to grow the leek and success will follow.
Although this is a fine leek it still has faults. The worst in my opinion is the virus it carries. This is most evident in the months of December and January when light levels are at there lowest. As light drops the plants stop growing but the virus continues to grow and I have seen plants turn almost silver with virus.
Artificial lighting will help prevent this from happening but beware not to give too much light as suckers may appear at a later date.
I prefer not to produce too large a plant in the greenhouse as this keeps plants very short later in the season. It’s all about balance.
After 20 years this is still one of the most reliable and best quality leeks to grow. Select only the best plants for stock and take your time to learn how to grow this plant and I am sure success will follow.

Description of Yorkshire Giant

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This leek was bred by Keith Forster . I have grown this leek since Keith released it about 10 years ago. It has the ability to grow to an enormous size and weight, and holds the current world records for heaviest and largest cubic capacity.

The giant is an easy leek to grow to a large size and retains good quality up to sizes of 17 to 18”. Most growers will try this leek and if they are lucky will get them on the bench and win there show.
I say lucky as there is a downside to the giant. It is a hard leek to keep under 6”.
I have also seen double centres and suckers and the giant is also prone to holes in the rootplate.
I would not recommend growlights in growing this leek. The stock plants produce a very small head, Usually of small pips like grains of wheat. Also very reluctant to produce king pods. Worth a try and you may be lucky. Good luck.

Description of Betty Black

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The Betty Black , bred by Kenny Black. This leek has just had a very good season and has stood the hot weather very well. The Betty is another very heavy leek with very good solidity and very nice foliage of a dark green colour.
Apart from being a heavy leek it also does well with cubic capacity measurements.

The downside to this leek is it has a very heavy wedge to the barrel and can also go over the six inch mark. When grown large it also gets a hole in the rootplate.
A leek worth a try as it’s quite reliable and stands most weather conditions.

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