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Early Transparent Gage plum trees

Prunus domestica
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3

Early Transparent Gage is a traditional English gage, but somewhat different from the more common green or yellow gages. It gets its name from the translucent skin and flesh - if you hold a ripe fruit up to the light you can often make out the stone inside.

Early Transparent Gage makes a good choice if you want to grow a gage which is not as fussy as the Old Green Gage. Cropping is good by gage standards (although still light compared with many plums) and it is reasonably reliable.

It has the rich sweet gage-like flavour and aroma of a genuine gage, but it is also a good culinary variety producing a well-flavoured straw-coloured jam.

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Early Transparent Gage plum trees for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree VVA-1 rootstock £43.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • PG22-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree St. Julien rootstock £42.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £22.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

By gage standards, Early Transparent Gage is quite easy to grow and the tree is a bit more vigourous than most gages. It can be grown in the north of the UK but benefits from a south-facing situation.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Early Transparent Gage was raised by the famous Rivers Nursery in Hertfordshire in the 1860s, from an open-pollinated Transparent Gage (Reine Claude Diaphane). It is one of the "diaphanous" gages, on account of its translucent skin and flesh.

Early Transparent Gage characteristics

Using

  • CroppingGood
  • Picking seasonMid
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-3 days
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityVery good
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Flavour style (apples)Sweeter
  • Food usesEating freshCulinaryDual purpose
  • Cooking resultPuree

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Organic cultureSuitable

Problems

  • Fruit splittingSome susceptibility
  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • Brown rotSome susceptibility

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourOrange flush