Report of the Iowa State Horticultural Society Volume 38

Report of the Iowa State Horticultural Society Volume 38

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...last a few days; then probably there are several weeks that he has no ripe fruit; the fruit grower may have apples almost the year around if he exercises care in selecting varieties; then a great many orchards have little or no marketable fruit, due I think largely to the irresponsible ' ' grafters " among the dealers. If the dealer always delivered what he sold there would be less trouble along this line. ' Then I think the system of thinning out the fruit that is practiced in Utah and the Pacific Coast countries may often prove advantageous. We often see a tree overladen with fruit so that none of it will gain any size and there fore be unfit for market. On the coast when the fruit grower discovers too much fruit on a tree he thins it out, letting the rest grow to maturity. Just as a farmer does sometimes when his corn is too thick. As a general thing. by a judicious thinning of the overladen trees the yield will not be lessened but the quality will be greatly improved. A prominent fruit man in this country seeing a neighbor's tree just overburdened with apples, suggested' the thinning out process to theiarmer, who accordingly took a garden rake and proceeded to rake off the surplus apples. Needless to say it did not prove entirely satisfactory in this case. The older orchards through this section are nearly all past their useful ness, and for several reasons. In the first place a fruit tree will not live nearly as long in our Western prairie country as they will in the more heavily timbered, Eastern states, then mostjof our older orchards were planted en tirely too thick to make a healthy growth alter they had attained any size, or the orchard was seeded to grass and the trees allowed to " live...show more

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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 367g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236956559
  • 9781236956552