Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Tree Following May

My little greengage tree,well not quite so little as it is quite tall but, well, ever so thin!
There was a small flush of flowers a few weeks back & I was so confidant I would get a couple of greengage fruit but alas it was not meant to be this year.

A couple of fruits did form but unfortunately the stalks turned yellow & fell off. I have looked & looked but cannot find any fruits left at all.

I wonder if I need another pollinator, I have an 'Opal' plum tree in the garden which is laden with baby fruits. There are 'wild damsons' in the hedgerows & in the front garden amongst my newly planted edible hedge there is supposed to be a 'Cherry Plum' or two.  Should I invest in another Greengage tree? If I do it would have to be one of the 'Cordon' style ones due to space restrictions.

It is still a new tree though & really I should be making sure it builds up it's roots not producing fruit for me at first.

It will be having its first prune a little later on this year. As it is kept in a large tub I don't want it growing too tall, perhaps that will help with a flush of fruit next year.

Enjoy your day xx

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  1. The plums and damsons should help with pollination as long as they flower at the same time of course.Which variety is the greengage?

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    1. They both had blossom at the same time but there was only a few greengage blossoms on the tree. They did set but the teeny tiny fruits that I saw have now fallen off. It is a Reine Claude (I just popped out to check the label)

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    2. Did you get hit by the frost last week end that could have caused the drop of fruit

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    3. We have Reine Claude and Mannings which tend to crop every other year. They cropped well last year and were loaded with blossom again this year but I haven't looked whether it has set. It;s a young tree so maybe you need a bit of patience.

      Feed it this year and don;t be too energetic with the pruning.

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    4. Following this conversation closely. I'd really like to plant a greengage.

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    5. Dawn - I don't think we were no, there was a bit of frost in the field but he garden seemed untouched. Sue - I'm just going to lop the top off the tree has it were to keep it more compact & I feed all the trees regularly because they are in pots. Victoria - I hope you do plant one, the fruits really are lovely & they make superb jam, even though I will have to wait until next year now!

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  2. It sounds as though you have lots of lovely fruit trees - cherry plums are lovely to eat! - so I hope that you can enjoy them this year and that they will be joined by the greengages next year! xx

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    1. Probably too many but I like having them. I haven't tried cherry plums yet & am really hoping there were some amongst the bundle of twigs I planted earlier on in the year.

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  3. What a shame the fruit has dropped off. I've got a plum tree, now in its second year, and I can see lots of fruit on in, but whether they'll drop off or not, I don't know. It's the cherry that isn't doing so well for me this year, I don't think it likes being in a container.

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    1. Touch wood my plum tree is looking good & my cherries are too. It;s the first year I have had lots of cherries on the tree, mine seem fine in their tubs touch wood though the sour cherry will be transferred to a larger pot later on this year.

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  4. It must be disappointing - on the other hand you are saved from having to work out what to do with only two greengages. I expect I'd value them so much they'd end up shriveling before I'd decided.

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    1. A touch yes but there was never much blossom in the first place. I am half hoping there are some hidden fruits.

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  5. I have never found this plant here. It's so much pleasure to notice every stage of plant's growth. Really interesting. Hope next the flowers will form into fruitlets, then ripe fruits. So I can enjoy all stages

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    1. No fruits unfortunately this time round. Hopefully next year though.

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  6. Lovely post Joanne with our strange weather we having it not like the June drop that some fruits tree;s get and then later on surprise us with fruit ?
    thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you Linda, perhaps it isn't the trees year.

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  7. Fruit trees I find are just that way, one year you get a flush and the next close to nothing.

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    1. I shall be looking forward to plenty of fruit next year then, I must say my cherry trees are looking very fruitful.

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  8. I find greengages are like pears , they fruit really well some years and then take a year or two off. There's always next year!

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    1. Yes I am looking forward to next year now, wishing my life away again. The fact it blossomed this year shows it is settling in, that's what I am telling myself anyway.

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  9. I love that you have an edible hedge, what a good idea. I bet the birds like it too. How frustrating about the greengage. Hopefully you will have plenty of fruit on your other trees to make up for it.

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    1. I had wanted one for ages & yes it is for the birds to. The other fruit trees seem to be doing well so I will have a fruit harvest from somewhere this year.

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  10. I am trying not to mind that only one of my new three plum trees had any blossom this year, and trying - and failing - to persuade myself that this doesn't mean I should expect plums from the one that did flower... Very difficult being patient with new fruit trees!

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    1. It is isn't it, it has taken a couple of years for my plum & cherry trees to bare fruit but things are looking good for them this year.

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  11. I'm the same with little new trees, I always kind of want some fruit, but in the end I'm happy to let the tree establish a bit and get stronger in the first year. I'll be interested to see how your gage does, it's something I'd really like to try.

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    1. I am really looking forward to next year now, no blossom last year when it was really new & a little this year so next year I should have loads.

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  12. Hi Joanne, although we row our own veg and soft fruit I have no experience of fruit trees really .... we lived here for 2 years before we realised we had an apple tree in the garden ... the first year we missed the blossom and it never fruited, the next year it never fruited again and the following summer it was laden with apples! Your garden always looks lovely, and the consolation is, there's always next year to look forward to!

    Love Claire xx

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    1. Ha that's so funny about your apple tree. I have quite a few fruit trees in the garden all in large tubs. Thank you for saying my garden looks lovely I shall have a spring in my step now.

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  13. I LOVE greengages ..... I'll keep everything crossed for you for next year.
    love Jooles x x x

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    1. Oh please do, I was ever so excited when I noticed a couple of blossoms had taken. I'm a little sad now they have fallen off.

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  14. We have a big Greengage (Reine Claude) tree in front of the house. I find that the fruits attract bugs, and that, when fully ripe, they are far too sweet. I always have to hunt around for unripe fruits with no tenants; not always easy!

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    1. I mustn't have tasted a fully ripe one then, I remember them with a slight tartness. Hopefully I will get some next year & the bugs will have to live in my planned jam.

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    2. Ours are really sweet too but I love the taste. The main problem for us when they are ripe is getting to them before the wasps.

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  15. Lucky you, my greengage took 2 years to fruit after I planted it and then it snapped in the wind :(

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    1. That's a shame, I am more hopeful for next years harvest now.

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