Giant Kelsae Onion Seed 60 seeds pkt- NOT AVAILABLE NOW UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2019
The Kelsae Onion was bred by Alfred Breed - Senior of Mertoun Gardens in St Boswells Roxburghshire Scotland around about 1948 , he looked after the strain and showed it with great success right up to around 1976 when his son Alfred Breed Junior took over the strain.
Alfred Breed Junior passed it on to Sinclair Mc’Gill around 1978 where it was multiplied at Sinclaie McGills Garden Centre in Kelso Scotland, around that time the whole crop of seed was stored in the Potting Shed which caught fire but luckily a Mr Alljo who worked on the nursery fortunately save a small amount of the seed.
Alfred Breed and Sinclair McGill manage to build the strain back up so they had plenty of stock . Through the late 70s, 80s and 90s it was shown to great success by Bill and Bob Rogers of Crail in Fife, later Mel Ednie of Anstruther. Fife ruled the show world with the strain right up to 1993 , he showed it as a dressed onion to extremely high standards.
in 1987 Keith Foster of Richmond North Yorkshire had successfully crossed The Kelsae Onion with a strain of Vin Throups which was an Ailsa Craig selection, , Keith was Head Gardener to Lord Zetland , Keith also owned the Seed Company Fosters Seed.
Keith purposely made the cross in the Vinery at Zetland Gardens, the resulting seed broke the World Record Record the following year in 1988 with an onion weighing 9lbs 2.5 ounces.
He later sent the onion for trial with the MAFF in Holland and the UK for several years, it was seen as distinct from The Kelsae so in 1992 Keith named it Ailsae .
The Ailsae Giant Onion went on to grow an onion weighing 15lbs 15.5 ounces in 1995 by Mel Ednie. Keith had given Mel Ednie some seed that year which was Ailsae, the variety has gone on to break many world records and continues to do so. Keith now markets The Giant Onion Ailsae through his company Fosters Seeds.