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    Default Guthrieís late green plum

    Hey folks,

    Anyone got any experience of Guthrieís late green plum? Found on keepers nursery website it says

    ď Guthrie's Late Green Plum

    Prunus domestica
    A Scottish plum similar to the Old Greengage suitable for growing in Northern Britain

    Origin: Scotland 1850
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    I live in dundee and love greengages. Presumed that I could not grow them here and looks like it may be tricky (perhaps could manage dennistonís superb; some sources suggest oulinís golden gage). However, when I found this advert for a green gage-like plum originating from Scotland I did wonder if this might be better.

    However, if the taste/texture is rubbish, I donít really want this. Also, I could probably find a plot in full or almost full sun, but could not find a sunny south-facing wall for it. Wonder if I might be better using a really sunny site for a more conventional eating plum that would be easier and crop better.

    Anyone got any experience with Guthrieís Late Green? Or indeed the other Scottish plum I have found online: Gordon Castle? And anyone tried growing greengages this far north without a south-facing wall?

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    Guthrie Castle is near me on the way to Froickheim, wonder if it's anything to do with them? I don't grow plums, but I did find a tree near the Tay by Erroll, no idea of the variety, but clearly some will grow up here if sheltered.

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    Thanks Burnie,

    Yep we have 3 (inherited) plum trees in my garden: 2 that taste like Victoria and one that is small, darker purple, sharper and fruits a month and a half earlier.

    I am confident that some plums will grow but everything I have looked at suggests that greengages are more fussy, prefer a better site and I thought probably more warmth and sun than I could give them here, but finding references to this one did make me wonder.

    From what I can find on the national fruit collection I think it is named after someone called Guthrie but may also be connected to Guthrie castle.

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    always possible to grow a plum fan-trained against a wall of course - if you have a suitable one.
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    Buffs grows a lot of fruit in Scotland https://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gr...ght_96794.html
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    Thanks VC. Jeezo though, peaches nectarines and figs in Kilwinning! I can ask Buffs’ advice but i’m not sure I can follow it..

    Nick dub, thanks for advice but sadly no south facing wall I can use.
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    Goosander's up in Elderslie too - growing figs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gman View Post

    Nick dub, thanks for advice but sadly no south facing wall I can use.
    You're very welcome


    If you have a suitable wall/fence, provided its not North-facing, then that would usually be good enough - doesn't have to be a house one either.

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