An excellent hardy choice that is suitable for growing everywhere and normally produces good crops, the potential is for very heavy yields. Belle de Louvain is predominantly a cooking variety.
Belle de Louvain plum tree – season
Usually ready mid August and may be used into September; hangs on the tree well.
Belle de Louvain Plum – appearance & flavour
Medium sized oval, reddish becoming deep purple with a slight dusky bloom. Very tart flavour that becomes rich and decadent when cooked, superb for bottling, jams, pies and freezing.
Belle de Louvain Plum – pollination
This variety is self fertile so requires no pollinators.
Tree sizes for Belle de Louvain plum:
St Julien ‘A’ A vigorous tree mostly used for field and grassy area’s, paddock and orchard. Promotes high yields and makes a good disease-resistant tree suitable for most soils and areas. It will mature to 360cm’s approx with a spread slightly less. Plant 300cm’s apart. Can be grown into half standard or bush form.
Pixy Rootstock Is the only ‘dwarf’ rootstock for Plums. An ideal choice for smaller areas and contained gardens, it is also happy being kept in a 20-24” container [using John Innes no 2 compost] Can be maintained at around 200cm’s although it will grow more without pruning. Space 180-210cm’s apart.