Marshalls have been selecting and breeding varieties for decades, right from the late 50s, working with expert suppliers to bring top-quality products to its customers. Here are some highlights from the 60s and 70s.
Heat preparing onion sets - We’ve been doing this for years. Right back to 1960, we’ve been offering our customers these specially-treated sets. We know that this treatment offers a number of advantages to our customers; namely,
Prevents bolting, so that the onion plants don’t set seeds – once this happens your onions will be inferior in taste and size.
Allows onions a longer growing period so that the onion bulbs have longer to enlarge and mature, and become more flavoursome.
Our 1960s catalogue states “Immediately they leave the heating chambers, our sets are hand-picked by trained staff who work late hours to effect quick delivery.”
Carrot ‘Marshall’s Heavyweight’ new in 1960
Attaining well-sized fruit and veg was all the rage in the 60’s – and producing varieties of big, bold crops was evidently en vogue! In our 1960s catalogue carrot ‘Marshalls Heavyweight’ boasted “a very long stump. Tremendous weight, good quality and keeping over winter.”
Onion ‘Marshalls Fenland Yellow’ new in 1972
One of the first of our early varieties of Fenland specials (above right) whose bulb-size really impressed customers! We described it in our 1972 catalogue as; “Large globe-shaped bulbs of the Rijnsburger type. Very distinct yellow skin with pure white flesh. Sold as a long-keeping variety.”
Cucumber ‘Marshalls Longfellow’ new in 1974
Also prized for its size, this variety was described as “having dark green fruits of extraordinary length and girth with good flesh and flavour.” A packet of seeds for this variety cost 13p in 1974!
Right from the start Marshalls has been supplying top quality seeds for its customers, offering F1 hybrids which are ‘first generation’ bred vegetables whose genetic traits means they are at their strongest, biggest and best.
Some of our F1 hybrid varieties we included in our 1979 catalogue are aubergine ‘Black Prince’ (right), cabbage ‘Autumn Monarch’, savoy cabbage ‘Ice Queen’ and tomato ‘Sonato’.