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Parsnip seeds
« on: September 14, 2013, 00:27:25 »
I've been trying to find some AVON RESISTOR parsnip seeds for a long time, but with no success - they seem to have disappeard off th face of the earth!

If anyone knows where I can source some Avon Resistor seeds I'd be very grateful.

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Re: Parsnip seeds
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2013, 11:59:49 »
Thank you very much for the links you sent me John Millar!

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Re: Parsnip seeds
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2013, 12:22:12 »
John - bad news I'm afraid. I just checked out the links you sent me ( http://www.hedging.co.uk/acatalog/product_28156.html & http://www.crowders.co.uk/buy/seeds-and-bulbs/root-crops/parsnip-avonresister), one says the eeds are out of stock & the other gives a message saying these seeds are no longer listed in their on-line catalogue. :-(

Now that I've seen the pages for the links I recall having tried them before a long time back - with the same result.

Ah well, the search continues! That doesn't lessen my gratitude to you for trying though.

G.

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Re: Parsnip seeds
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2013, 18:11:48 »
Various places seem to advertise it as being from T&M, but they no longer list it. I bet everyone was getting their seed in the same place, whoever T&M's supplier was.
« Last Edit: September 14, 2013, 18:17:12 by Robert_Brenchley »

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Re: Parsnip seeds
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2013, 01:40:03 »
Various places seem to advertise it as being from T&M, but they no longer list it. I bet everyone was getting their seed in the same place, whoever T&M's supplier was.

That's eactly what I've found Robert - the common denominator seems to be T&M, who as you've probably rightly said no longer have the grower that used to supply them with the seed.

Sh**! . . . . .  Back to the drawing board.

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Re: Parsnip seeds
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2013, 07:39:05 »
My guess is that they have been dropped from the national listing.  This is not the first variety to disappear due to EU regulations.  It costs quite a lot to register a variety and if there is not enough sales to cover the costs they drop it.  The listing should show the licence holder.

http://www.fera.defra.gov.uk/plants/plantVarieties/nationalListing/documents/nlGuideSept10.pdf
http://www.fera.defra.gov.uk/plants/publications/gazette.cfm

Don't you just love the EU regulations. Several varieties I particularly like have disappeared:
Sprout amoroso and courgette Clarita.   

Suggest you contact T&M about it. 

Have you tried Gladiator?  I was given a free packet a couple of years ago and found it excellent.

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Re: Parsnip seeds
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2013, 12:34:31 »
My guess is that they have been dropped from the national listing.  This is not the first variety to disappear due to EU regulations.  It costs quite a lot to register a variety and if there is not enough sales to cover the costs they drop it.  The listing should show the licence holder.

http://www.fera.defra.gov.uk/plants/plantVarieties/nationalListing/documents/nlGuideSept10.pdf
http://www.fera.defra.gov.uk/plants/publications/gazette.cfm

Don't you just love the EU regulations. Several varieties I particularly like have disappeared:
Sprout amoroso and courgette Clarita.   

Suggest you contact T&M about it. 

Have you tried Gladiator?  I was given a free packet a couple of years ago and found it excellent.

You've probably hit the nail on the head there. It's a crying shame when this sort of thing happens. We'll have fewer varieties of seeds available soon than the number of apple varieties in our supermarket stores - they're killing off the thousands of old apple varieties available because they're not uniform enough or don't look pretty! Flavour and taste is usually at the bottom of their requirement list

I grow Gladiator + Tender & True. The Avon Resistor was a favourite (which I haven't grown for a few years) because of it's excellent canker resistance. Ah well - such is life.

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Re: Parsnip seeds
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2013, 18:44:14 »
I've saved from my Avon Resistor that I grew from a Seed Circle two years ago, I think from this site.

Got loads of them. Beautiful parsnip.

If you want to send me an SAE I'll let you have some. You will have to message me for an address though.

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Re: Parsnip seeds
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2013, 19:02:06 »
Parsnip seeds keep in a freezer. I think we need to start saving our own more; so many traditional varieties have vanished thanks to ridiculous regulations, and we shouldn't just give in and let them disappear!

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Re: Parsnip seeds
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2013, 00:52:45 »
I've saved from my Avon Resistor that I grew from a Seed Circle two years ago, I think from this site.

Got loads of them. Beautiful parsnip.

If you want to send me an SAE I'll let you have some. You will have to message me for an address though.

Fantastic! I'll PM you in the next day or so.

THANKS!

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Re: Parsnip seeds
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2013, 05:41:12 »
Wallis Seeds still list them on their web site. In fact I am growing them this year. I chitted them and set them close together as we like small parsnips rather than the big ones that some varieties produce. They seem more resistant to canker than some varieties. I know one should wait for the frosts to come before trying them but in line with our preference for small parsnips we have already frozen about 20% of our row. One row is plenty for us.

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Re: Parsnip seeds
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2013, 17:45:50 »
Given the problems, you might be wise to leave a few decent roots for seed next year.

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Re: Parsnip seeds
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2013, 00:45:48 »
Wallis Seeds still list them on their web site. In fact I am growing them this year. I chitted them and set them close together as we like small parsnips rather than the big ones that some varieties produce. They seem more resistant to canker than some varieties. I know one should wait for the frosts to come before trying them but in line with our preference for small parsnips we have already frozen about 20% of our row. One row is plenty for us.

BINGO! Wallis Seeds does seem to stock them. Thank you very much indeed plot22.

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Re: Parsnip seeds
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2013, 00:45:48 »