Saturday 9 August 2014

Plums Plums glorious plums

Just across the road from me in St Luke's car park  greengages and damsons are dropping on the floor.
It was a joy to meet Philippa who let us pick the abundance and distribute it to Kelly for the Christmas damson gin and friends of Garden Walk Abundance initiative, who came and picked them up from the little table outside my house.

Description of Cambridge Gage Trees & Fruit:
The Cambridge Gage is one of the most popular greengage trees. It is a reliable cropper and also self fertile. The sweet fruit are equally good for eating fresh and making jam. The trees are naturally compact and shouldn't require any pruning.
Browse all of our other Plum, Gage & Damson Trees for Sale here.
Characteristics of Cambridge Gage Trees:
  • Self fertile.
  • Crops in Late August.  (this year it was a bit earlier than that)
  • Pollination group D
Growing Cambridge Gage Plum Trees:
Rich soil is important - dig in plenty of good manure and compost before planting.
Soil drainage must be good.
The more sun your trees get the better your crops will be.
Cambridge Gage Rootstocks:
Your trees are grown on the semi-dwarfing rootstock Pixy. This is perfect for wire-trained shapes like fans and it can also make a freestanding tree 3 metres high.
Pollination Partners for Cambridge Gage:
Your trees must be pollinated to make fruit. Your trees are in pollination group D, which means that they will cross pollinate with trees in groups C, D and E of our plum tree pollination table.
History & Parentage of Cambridge Gage:
Your trees were bred in Cambridge by Chivers & Son and were trialled in 1927. They are a seedling of the venerable Old Greengage.

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