greengage 'Cambridge Gage'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: will tolerate most soils, except very chalky or badly drained
- Rate of growth: slow growing
- Ultimate size on Pixie rootstock: 3 x 3m (10x10ft)
- Flowering period: May
- Flower colour: white
- Other features: a juicy culinary or desert gage (early September)
- Hardiness: fully hardy
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 that does set some fruit without a pollinator, though planting a late flowering plum, such as 'Marjorie's Seedling' will increase cropping. The plants we sell in a 10lt pot are grafted onto St Julian rootstock and will produce a bush with an eventual height of around 6m. They are currently 1.2 - 1.5m tall and are approximately 2 years old. Greengages will generally start to produce fruit when they are 3 - 4 years old, so you may need to wait a year or two before you enjoy the harvest.
- 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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