Early Transparent Gage Care – Growing Early Transparent Gage Trees


By: Mary Ellen Ellis

Gage plums, also known as greengage, are varieties of European plums that can be eaten fresh or canned. It is a good choice for all types of eating and is an easy tree to grow as compared to similar cultivars.

About Early Transparent Gage Plums

This plum variety comes from England and dates back to the 19th century. All gage plums date back to an even earlier period in France, where they are called Reine Claude plums. As compared to other types of plums, gages are very juicy, which makes them exceptional for fresh eating.

Among the gage, Early Transparent is a variety with unique coloring. It is yellow to pale apricot with a blush of red that creeps over the fruits as they ripen. This variety is named “transparent” because the skin is very thin and delicate.

Like other gages, this one is delicious eaten fresh and raw, right off the tree. However, it is more versatile than other gage varieties, so if you want a plum you can eat fresh but also cook or bake with, can, or turn into jam, Early Transparent is a great choice.

Early Transparent Gage Care

Early Transparent Gage trees are easier to grow than other varieties. They produce more fruit and are less finicky. This is also a more compact tree and is self-fertile, so it makes a good option for smaller gardens where you have no room for a second plum tree for pollination.

Like other plum trees, this one will need full sun and well-draining soil that is adequately rich with organic material. There is some disease resistance in this variety, but it is important to look out for signs of disease or pests.

Keep the tree trimmed regularly to shape it and allow for airflow. It should be pruned once a year.

Water your tree throughout the initial growing season and then water only when there are drought conditions. You can also use a fertilizer once a year if your soil is not very rich.

Be prepared to harvest your plums in late summer, just when the tops of the fruits have begun to wrinkle slightly.

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Prunus domestica 'Golden Transparent'

Other names

Plum 'Golden Transparent', Greengage 'Golden Transparent', Gage 'Golden Transparent'

Genus

Variety or Cultivar

'Golden Transparent' _ 'Golden Transparent' is a vigorous, spreading, deciduous fruit tree with ovate to elliptic, toothed, mid- to dark green leaves and white flowers in spring followed by small, oval to oblong, often red-flushed, dull yellow to yellow-green fruit ready for harvest in early autumn.

Prunus domestica 'Golden Transparent' is: Deciduous

Habit

Flower

Foliage

Green in Spring Green in Summer Green in Autumn

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Brown scale , Bullfinches , Caterpillars , Fruit tree red spider mite , Leaf mining moths , Plum leaf-curling aphid Aphids , Brown scale , Bullfinches , Caterpillars , Fruit tree red spider mite , Leaf mining moths , Plum leaf-curling aphid

General care

Pruning

Thin fruit as needed. Regular pruning required according to tree form. Prune in summer in areas where silver leaf disease is prevalent.

Propagation

A self-fertile variety, it does not need to be planted with another plum to produce reliable crops.

Propagation methods

Softwood cuttings, Budding, Grafting

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Q. Greengage problem

I have a greengage growing espalier fashion. Copious fruits were produced this year (the first year it has properly fruited). But after a few weeks most of the fruits have turned a reddish colour, stopped growing and are slightly shriveled. They are very easily knocked off the branches. How can I prevent this happening next year?

This article outlines some common plum diseases: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/plum/plum-tree-diseases.htm
If it is a rot disease, you need to get it identified so you can treat it. Please get in touch with the nearest botanical garden and the Master Gardener program they can help you.
Greengages plums are a very special fruit. In doing some research, I found this very interesting article: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/01/dining/01GREE.html?pagewanted=print&position=&_r=0


Golden Transparent Plum

An outstanding member of the Gage family of plums, Golden Transparent Plum is prized for its large, round, golden-yellow fruit with red dots. Very sweet and richly flavored, it is a delectable taste treat. Golden Transparent Plum ripens in mid to late September.

An outstanding member of the Gage family of plums, Golden Transparent Plum is prized for its large, round, golden-yellow fruit with red dots. Very sweet and richly flavored, it is a delectable taste treat. Golden Transparent Plum ripens in mid to late September.

Latin Name: Prunus x domestica
Site and Soil: Plums like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Rootstock Description: A semi-dwarf rootstock for Plums and other stone fruits, Marianna produces trees 10′-12′ in height or less.
Pollination Requirements: Golden Transparent is partially self-fertile. Plant with another European variety for best crops.
Hardiness: Plums are hardy to minus 30° F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 10-12 ft. in height.
Bloom Time: Late March
Ripening Time: August
Yield: 50+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Our plums are not bothered by pests. Bacterial Canker can occasionally damage trunks or branches. Symptoms of this disease are exudations of amber-colored sap. Spraying lime-sulfur or copper in the fall and early spring can help control Bacterial Canker.
USDA Zone: 4
Sunset Western Zone: 2-12, 14-18
Sunset Northeast Zone: Not stated


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