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How to get more fruit on Greengage tree?

stu

By Stu

Cleveland, United Kingdom Gb

I have a Greengage tree which has been planted for about 6 years.
The fruits are absolutely delicious, but never very many. Does anyone know how I could help it produce more fruit?


On plant Prunus domestica


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Is it growing in grass? If so you need to remove the grass for a metre circle from the trunk and feed with Rose fertiliser in February.

4 Sep, 2007

stu
Stu
 

Yes it is growing in grass . . . . thankyou for your suggestion.
Brian

4 Sep, 2007

 

We often get a poor crop on our greengages, but that is because they flower early and the blossom can be damaged by late frost or even an icy wind.

5 Sep, 2007

stu
Stu
 

Thaanks for that Owdboggy, I wonder if fleece would help at that time of the year . . . . . that's one hell of a garden you have there, absolutely beautiful !

5 Sep, 2007

 

Not so bad is it? Our trees are a bit on the big side for fleecing, but if your is small then it could help, as long as it does not hinder the bees. It is probably them which are put off by the cold as well.

5 Sep, 2007

stu
Stu
 

What does the Rose fertiliser do?

5 Sep, 2007

 

we have a greengage that is so full of fruit that some of the branches have snapped with the weight what we did a couple of years ago

cut 2 rings around the bark of the tree one about 8 inches from the bottom and about 4 inches above that dont let the rings join up
and do not have the gap under each other
this should give you a good crop next year

hope this works for you it did for us and the greengages are large and very juicy
good luck

15 Aug, 2009

stu
Stu
 

Hello Timetable,
Thankyou for your reply.
An earlier answer suggested I removed a circle of grass and fed the tree with rose fertiliser in February. I did this and this year the tree has more fruit than it has ever had ! !
Your suggestion of cutting two rings around the bark of the tree . . . . I'm not really sure what you mean and it does seem rather drastic! How does cutting a ring around the bark help to produce more fruit? I assume you mean cut away all the bark (in a ring) all the way round the tree trunk. You say, don't let the rings join up . . . if they are 4 inches apart, they won't!

Stu

15 Aug, 2009

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