Report of the Iowa State Horticultural Society Volume . 36

Report of the Iowa State Horticultural Society Volume . 36

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...Ben Davis make a bushel the size can be imagined of the specimens shown. We piled them up on the central table of the south end of the hall, by the side of our exhibit, to help it out. Out of 15,000 to 20,000 people going through the grounds and hall daily. nothing in the hall seemed to be more attractive, and, to the extent of our abili'y, we nearly exhausted ourself to explain the variety, its origin, value, and hundreds of worthy fruits on the table were not noticed. On going home we shipped a considerable quantity to a fancy grocer in Des Moines who retailed them for $1.50 per bushel when finer fall sorts sold at 75 cents to $1 00 per bushel. Strawberrries one and three-quarter inches; currants like Pomona in size; gooseberries an inch in diameter; cherries three-quarters of an inch in diameter; grapes in size of berry, like Moore s Earlv, in size of bunch like Vorden; plums one and three-quarters of an inch in diameter, like Wyant; apples four inches, like Ben Davis, or five inches in diameter, like Wolf River, are always first to sell, and bring big money, so the question of size is a commercial one and must be heeded by the grower for the market, and if his market is under process of education he must be elastic enough in his planting to get high-flavored fruits on his grounds fast enough to succeed those out of flavor that have only size to recommend them. The better grades and higher-flavored fruits can, as a rule, be made large in size and showy by special methods in intensive culture so that they may take the place 1 of those that have size only. Size is as a rule accompanied with low flavor and coarseness in most fruits. This is largely the effect of season and also conditions under direct control of the cultivator. When great...show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 463g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123660461X
  • 9781236604613