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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)
    Out of stock


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

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):early September
    • Picking season:Mid
    • Cropping:Light
    • Keeping (of fruit):Does not keep
    • Food uses:Eating fresh, Drying
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Average
    • Self-fertility:Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group:3
    • Pollinating others:Average
    • Vigour:Slightly small
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Good
  • Climate

    • Climate suitability:Temperate climates, Warm climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F), Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Period of origin:1800 - 1849
    • Fruit colour:Purple - light