JAMES LONG KEEPING ONION SEED

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JAMES LONG KEEPING ONION SEED

Postby Shallot Man » Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:51 pm

Someone helped me out with a pinch of the above in 2006, the Memsahib has tidied up my den, and I am unable to find same. [Her Court Martial comes up when the Six Nations finishes] :x :x :x .
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Re: JAMES LONG KEEPING ONION SEED

Postby Colin_M » Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:39 pm

Shallot Man wrote:The Memsahib has tidied up my den, and I am unable to find same. [Her Court Martial comes up when the Six Nations finishes] :x :x :x .


You could always make her watch the remaining England games :twisted:
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Re: JAMES LONG KEEPING ONION SEED

Postby Shallot Man » Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:03 am

Colin_M. I am not that hard.
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Re: JAMES LONG KEEPING ONION SEED

Postby Sludge » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:35 pm

Hello do I get an award for digging up an old thread?

Ive been trying to get hold of James Longkeeping onion seeds for a few years. I’ve had a couple of packets from Dobies but had zero germination, it wasn’t me, I had 100% germination with my own Bedfordshire Champion seed. I’ve also had other disappointing results from them.

Dobies,Thompson and Morgan, the Irish Seed Savers and Shallot Man are the only results on Google. I’m not going to buy from Dobies again, Thomson and Morgan apologise for no longer stocking them, Irish Seed Savers are a bit expensive with postage without having guaranteed germination, so has anyone bought from here and if so can they vouch for them. The last alternative is Shallot Man or whoever he got a pinch of seed from, if he got any, can you spare any?

It might seem a bit early to be worrying about next years seeds, but my Bedfordshire Champions have been infiltrated and have come out white! And I’m determined to get some James Longkeeping for next year.

Thanks for listening and for any replies.
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Re: JAMES LONG KEEPING ONION SEED

Postby sally wright » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:52 pm

Dear All,
Dobies appear to have some seeds.
Regards Sally Wright.
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Re: JAMES LONG KEEPING ONION SEED

Postby Shallot Man » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:48 am

Just ordered from Dobies.
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Re: JAMES LONG KEEPING ONION SEED

Postby Shallot Man » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:13 am

Sludge wrote:Hello do I get an award for digging up an old thread?

Ive been trying to get hold of James Longkeeping onion seeds for a few years. I’ve had a couple of packets from Dobies but had zero germination, it wasn’t me, I had 100% germination with my own Bedfordshire Champion seed. I’ve also had other disappointing results from them.

Dobies,Thompson and Morgan, the Irish Seed Savers and Shallot Man are the only results on Google. I’m not going to buy from Dobies again, Thomson and Morgan apologise for no longer stocking them, Irish Seed Savers are a bit expensive with postage without having guaranteed germination, so has anyone bought from here and if so can they vouch for them. The last alternative is Shallot Man or whoever he got a pinch of seed from, if he got any, can you spare any?

It might seem a bit early to be worrying about next years seeds, but my Bedfordshire Champions have been infiltrated and have come out white! And I’m determined to get some James Longkeeping for next year.

Thanks for listening and for any replies.


Sludge. Have gone mad and ordered from both Dobies and Irish Seed Savers. Will need to go to the Rugby Club on Sat. :wink:
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Re: JAMES LONG KEEPING ONION SEED

Postby Sludge » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:55 am

Best of luck with the Dobies, I think I’ll stand out in the sun for a while then order some from Irish Seed Savers.

Being only one of four in a google search is a bit of an achievement have an extra one at the Rugby Club.
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Re: JAMES LONG KEEPING ONION SEED

Postby Shallot Man » Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:17 pm

Sludge wrote:Best of luck with the Dobies, I think I’ll stand out in the sun for a while then order some from Irish Seed Savers.

Being only one of four in a google search is a bit of an achievement have an extra one at the Rugby Club.


Sludge. When I ordered earlier today. They had 11 packets left. That is, unless they are telling porkies.
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Re: JAMES LONG KEEPING ONION SEED

Postby Sludge » Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:38 am

I was going to order from Irish Seed Savers, they’re still saying 11 packets left, but thinking about it I reckon they will be last years seed. So if I hang on a month or so and the number of packets left goes up, that’ll be when this years seed is ready.
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Re: JAMES LONG KEEPING ONION SEED

Postby Shallot Man » Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:54 am

[quote="Sludge"]I was going to order from Irish Seed Savers, they’re still saying 11 packets left, but thinking about it I reckon they will be last years seed. So if I hang on a month or so and the number of packets left goes up, that’ll be when this years seed is ready.

Good thinking Sludge.
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Re: JAMES LONG KEEPING ONION SEED

Postby oldherbaceous » Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:13 pm

Unless they don't re-stock them.... :twisted:
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Re: JAMES LONG KEEPING ONION SEED

Postby Geoff » Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:11 pm

What's the history of the 'James' name - I grow a carrot James Scarlet so I guess there is a range named after some old nurseryman.
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Re: JAMES LONG KEEPING ONION SEED

Postby Sludge » Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:15 am

My memory from looking for it on on the interweb is that it was a Mr James who bred the onion somewhere in London long ago built on sometime in the 1800’s. I’ve got hold of Seed and sets in the past and it’s a good doer, stores incredibly well and is a usable size, I don’t understand why it’s fallen out of favour.

Because I couldn’t get any several years ago I got Bedfordshire Champion which is widely available and is a good second best, kept my own seed and for some reason this year most of them came up white.

Damn what am I saying if you all dash out to buy ISS,s last 11 packets I’ll never get any.
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Re: JAMES LONG KEEPING ONION SEED

Postby Sludge » Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:38 pm

My Irish Seed Saver hunch may have been right, on ordering some the other day they had 40 odd packets in stock. Shall we meet back here at germination time to compare findings.
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