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Kirke's Blue

Kirke's
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3
Prunus domestica

Kirke's Blue plum trees for sale

  • 1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    St. Julien rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Deliveries resume December 2020


History

Kirke's Blue was named by Joseph Kirke, a nurseryman from the Brompton district of London who first propagated it in the 1830s and subsequently promoted it. However its origins are unknown - Kirke stated he first saw the fruit for sale on a market stall and tracked down the original tree to Norfolk, but this is not certain. It soon became a popular variety in Victorian gardens.

Kirke's Blue characteristics

  • Picking seasonMid
  • CroppingLight
  • KeepingDoes not keep
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Useful forEating freshDrying
  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • VigourSlightly small
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Disease resistanceGood
  • Climate typeTemperate climatesWarm climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Fruit colourPurple - light