greengage 'Cambridge Gage'
greengage Cambridge Gage
- available to order from spring 2021
- VVA-1 12lt (bush)
This plant is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: will tolerate most soils, except very chalky or badly drained
- Rate of growth: slow growing
- Ultimate size on VVA-1 rootstock: 3 x 3m (10x10ft)
- Flowering period: May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A generous and reliable cropper that produces small, juicy fruit, which can be eaten straight from the plant, or used to make pies and preserves from late August. As the name suggests, this gage originated from Cambridge, and it is always one of the most sought after.
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.