Posted: 13/08/2012 at 10:41
I know I posted a similar question on the Forum but since then we have been to the Brogdale Plum day and now aren't sure whether we should be buying a bullace, damson or greengage. We are developing this woodland area at the back of our garden which backs onto a wood. We have removed evergreen trees so now there is dappled shade and an area which is reminiscent of a woodland glade which gets sufficient sun for a fruit tree to grow. We've been gradually planting the boundaries with a mixture of native hedgerow plants and shrubs. We would like to plant some kind of gage, damson or bullace tree, but the advice and choice is bewildering. It needs to be on a rootstock which doesn't allow it to grow too tall (dwarfing or similar?). We need to do plenty of research before ordering - don't want to get this wrong! So I have some questions - (I hope you don't mind giving me some advice as I know very little about fruit trees) *First there's what fruit
to opt for and whether it needs a pollinator
. We don't have room for two new trees so it would need to be self fertile
. Is there such a thing amongst damsons, gages or bullaces? *Which have a good flavour - first for jam and culinary purposes and possibly eating straight from the tree (though this isn't essential)? We tasted Merryweather at Brogdale Plum Day and weren't too keen on that one! * Which would grow best in the setting I have described? * Any other advice about what to avoid? *Further up the garden, we have a young Marjorie's Seedling plum tree - in its 2nd/3rd year after planting. Last year it had a heavy crop. This year, nothing at all and only a very little blossom. Any idea what could have caused this? Weather conditions? * We bought Marjorie's Seedling partly because it was supposed to be self fertile. Yet on another website, I have since read that it's only PARTIALLY self fertile and would benefit from another pollinator. I am puzzled and rather confused about this because last year it fruited well. Any comments? * Marjorie is growing 75-100 feet from where we intend to plant the new fruit tree. Would this help with pollinating the new tree or is it irrelevant? * When and how should I prune Marjorie to maximise cropping?
Ok, lots of questions, I know - but can anyone help?