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 VVA1 rootstock: 3 x 3m (10x10ft)
- Ultimate size on St Julien rootstock: 6 x 6m (20x20ft)
- 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. This bush has been grafted onto VVA-1 rootstock, which produces a plant that is similar in size to those grafted onto 'Pixy' rootstock. They also tend to produce a higher yeild of larger fruit on plants that show a better winter hardiness. 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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Q:Cambridge Greengage, and Cherry Sunburst,- size etc. please
Dear sirs I want to buy your Cambridge Greengage. The website says that it will be supplied in a 10 litre pot but that doesn't tell me how tall the plant is likely to be, how old it is, and how long before I can expect fruit. Please can you advice before I place my order. Many thanks for your assistanceAsked on 12/4/2010 by Perry Lay
A:Hello again, Yes, they are roughly the same. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 14/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello There, They are sold in 10lt pots and will be around 2 years old and 1.2 - 1.5 m tall. As a very general rule greengages do not start producing fruit until they are around 3 - 4 years old so you will need to wait a year or two. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 13/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Thanks for the prompt response, Helen. Would this be the same for Cherry Sunburst? RegardsAnswered on 13/4/2010 by Perry Lay
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