Gages

Gages were first developed in France from the green wild plum. They were allegedly brought over from France by the Gage family which is where they receive their English name from.

Gages are small oval fruits which have smooth-textured flesh with yellow to green coloured skins. They are considered one of the finest dessert plums because of their rich flavour.

Gages are early flowering so they require protection from frost. The best flavoured gages are the ones grown on a south or west facing position. Grow in moderately fertile, moist, well-drained neutral to slightly acidic soils.


Rootstocks

Rootstocks in order of their vigour are outlined below: -

Pixy - Dwarf. An ideal rootstock for the smaller garden. It needs to be grown in fertile and weed-free soil. It will reach a height of 2.4-3m. Trees grown on this rootstock will bear fruit within 3 years. Use for dwarf bushes, dwarf pyramids, and small fans.

St. Julian A - Semi-Vigorous. A good rootstock for most soils. Trees grown on this rootstock will reach a height of 3-3.5m. Trees grown on this rootstock will bear fruit within 4-5 years. Use for bushes, half-standards, and fans.


Varieties

Gages are available as bare-root one-year-maidens from November to March. Trained forms of gages are available in 12 litre pots all-year-round.


Gage 'Cambridge'

Dessert. Small round fruits which have greenish yellow skin with light bloom, some fruits are covered with patches and dots of red. The greenish yellow flesh is juicy, sweet and rich. Its season of use is late August. (Cambridgeshire) Flowering Group 3. Self Fertile


Gage 'Coe's Golden Drop'

Gage 'Coe's Golden Drop'

Dessert. Large oval fruits which have straw coloured skin with reddish brown marks and covered in cinnamon bloom. The golden yellow flesh is tender, very juicy, sweet, and highly flavoured. Its season of use is late September. (Suffolk 18th Century) Flowering Group 2. Self Fertile


Gage 'Crimson Drop'

Dessert. Large oval fruits which are virtually identical to Coe's Golden Drop in all respects other than colour which is crimson red. The golden yellow flesh is tender, very juicy, sweet, and highly flavoured. Its season of use is late September. (Surrey 1901) Flowering Group 3. Self Fertile


Gage 'Dennistons Superb'

Dessert. 'Imperial Gage'. Medium sized, round fruits which have pale yellowish green skin with a red flush, and covered in lavender bloom. The yellow flesh is firm, moderately juicy, rich, sugary, with a delicious flavour. The most reliable cropping gage. High yields. Recommended for Midlands and Northern regions. Its season of use is late August. (USA 19th Century) Flowering Group 2. Self Fertile


Gage 'Early Transparent'

Dessert. Small round fruits which have yellow-green flesh and red dots, with a light primrose bloom. The yellow flesh is juicy, very sweet, with a good gage flavour. Its season of use is early August. (Hertfordshire 19th Century) Flowering Group 3. Self Fertile


Gage 'Jefferson'

Dessert. A medium sized round fruit which has greenish yellow skin ripening to a rich golden yellow with a pink flush. The light yellow flesh is very juicy, and delicious. Its season of use is early August. (USA 19th Century) Flowering Group 1. Pollinated by Denniston's Superb


Gage 'Old Greengage'

Dessert. The fruit is medium sized, round, and a little flattened at both ends. When ripe the yellowish green skin becomes deeper yellow, clouded with green, marked with crimson spots, and covered with a thin ash-grey bloom. The greenish yellow flesh is tender, melting, and very juicy, with a rich, sugary, and delicious flavour. Freestone. Its season of use is early to mid-August. (UK 1500's) Flowering Group 3. Self Fertile


Gage 'Oullins Golden'

Dessert/Cooker. The fruit is large and oval shaped. The skin is a rich yellow colour with crimson dots on the exposed side and covered with a very delicate white bloom. The yellow flesh is very tender and juicy, rich, sugary, and delicious, adhering slightly to the stone. Its season of use is mid-August. Self Fertile. (France 1860) Flowering Group 4

Containerised Trees

Two Year Bush (SJA) £38.50 each


Gage 'Reine Claude de Bavay'

Dessert/Cooker. The fruit is large, roundish and flattened at both ends. The skin is greenish yellow, mottled and streaked with green, with crimson dots on the exposed side and covered with a very delicate white bloom. The yellow flesh is tender and very juicy, rich, and sugary, separating from the stone. Its season of use is early September. Self Fertile. (Belgium 1832) Flowering Group 2


Gage 'Stella's Star'

Dessert/Cooker. New variety which produces heavy crops of sweet, juicy, greengages from a young age, the fruit turns slightly yellow when ripe. Suitable for colder areas and is more resistant to frost. Its season of use is early August. Flowering Group 3. Self Fertile.


Gage 'Willingham'

Dessert. As with the Old Green Gage form this was selected by the RHS for its good cropping and excellent quality. One of the finest eating qualities. Its season of use is mid-August. (Cambridgeshire) Flowering Group 3. Self Fertile