Belle De Louvain Tree Care – How To Grow Belle De Louvain Plums

Belle De Louvain Tree Care – How To Grow Belle De Louvain Plums

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By: Teo Spengler

Belle de Louvrain plum trees sound like they come from aristocratic stock but, in fact, the heritage of the variety is unknown. Regardless, Belle de Louvain trees have a number of qualities that make it a top plum selection in cool climates. If you are considering growing a Belle de Louvain plum tree, you’ll need information on the tree’s growth requirements. Read on for facts about these plum trees and their fruit, as well as tips on how to grow Belle de Louvain plums.

About Plum Belle de Louvain

Although some plum trees are purely ornamental, most gardeners select plum trees with a plum harvest in mind. The plum ‘Belle de Louvain’ is especially attractive to those who cook and bake with plums. In fact, the plums are primarily known as cooking plums. Their flavor is sweet-sharp and perfect for pies, cakes or jams. In addition, the flesh of the plum Belle de Louvain is fairly dry, which means that it won’t soak a pastry with liquid.

The fruits themselves are quite attractive, very large and a deep hazy purple. They are oval and look luscious, but they lack juice, making them unfit for eating off the tree.

How to Grow Belle de Louvain Plums

If your orchard is in shade, chilly or exposed to wind, you’ll want to consider growing a Belle de Louvain tree. This type of plum tree does well in locations where other fruit trees fail and produces reliably generous crops. Its flowers are frost resistant and it doesn’t need much sun to produce fruit.

After you start growing a Belle de Louvain tree, you’ll need to wait a few years before you can expect fruiting. Belle de Louvain plum trees take a little longer than other plums to mature and bear plums, but this works better in poor sites, giving the tree more time to establish itself.

This plum is easier to grow than some fruit trees since the tree is self-fertile. That means that you don’t have to plant a second plum tree as a pollination partner. However, if you have a second plum tree of a different variety nearby, your Belle de Louvain plum trees may produce more fruit. The trees blossom in the middle of the plum season, so most other trees will work.

Belle de Louvain plum trees generally blossom in April and fruit in August or September. They are quite disease resistant and do not require special care.

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Plum Tree - Belle de Louvain

Origin: Belgium, 1845
Plum Type: Culinary
Flowering Group : 5
Rootstock: Myrobalan
Size : Maiden
Harvest : August

Belle de Louvain was probably introduced by Van Mars of Belgium. It makes a wonderful small plum tree with large leaves. Belle de Louvain plums are very large with a bright yellow flesh, and make excellent jam. Although this variety is partly self fertile, yields will be improved by planting with an appropriate pollinator.

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  • Country of origin: France
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3

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  • Country of origin: France
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3

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  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 3

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