duo cordon - plum 'Victoria' & gage 'Cambridge Gage'
duo cordon plum
- Position: full sun
- Soil: will tolerate most soils, except very chalky or badly drained
- Rate of growth: slow growing
- Ultimate size on St Julian A rootstock: 4 x 4m (13x13ft)
- Flowering period: April to May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A single stemmed duo cordon has two different varieties grafted (one on top of the other) onto a single rootstock. Both of these are compatable pollinating partners, so there is no need to plant another tree nearby. They are ideal in smaller gardens and can even be grown in large pots, provided you make sure they are kept well fed and watered. This tree will produce both a plums and a greengages - see below for variety details.
- plum 'Victoria'A reliable, self-fertile plum which produces a heavy crop of large, pale red fruit with golden-yellow flesh, which can be used for cooking, canning, bottling or just eating fresh. The single, white flowers are produced in spring and fruiting picking can start in late August. It is one of the most popular plum trees available.
- greengage 'Cambridge Gage'Reliable, heavy cropping gage that is similar to the old 'Greengage' variety. Single, cup-shaped white flowers appear in late spring, followed by yellow-green fruit with a superb, juicy flavour, which are ready for picking in early September. A good, vigorous grower.
- Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. Prune in summer to reduce the risk of silver leaf and bacterial canker.
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Q:Would it be possible to espalier this plum/ gage cordon.Asked on 20/4/2016 by Greenfingers from Rye
You may need to remove the odd incorrectly facing branch, but generally these should be easier to espalier than bushier fruit trees.Answered on 25/4/2016 by Helen from crocus
Q:how do I support this duo cordon and does it mind other plants nearby.
Also, please, what is the maximum amount of sun it needs to flourish?Asked on 22/8/2014 by henry from shropshire
This plant does need a sunny spot to thrive, so ideally it should get at least 8 hours sun each day. It will grow to around 4 x 4m, so in order for it to get as much sun as possible it should not be crowded with taller plants that will block out the light. As for support, it should not be necessary unless you have an exposed garden, in which case you could opt for this kit, which contains a tree stake, tie and Rootgrow to get the plant off to a flying start.Answered on 27/8/2014 by helen from crocus
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