Report of the Iowa State Horticultural Society, for the Year Volume 29

Report of the Iowa State Horticultural Society, for the Year Volume 29

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...the temperate zones has been blessed by Dame Nature with plums of such size and quality.. What can we say of the improvement of these fine varieties in the near future? Here and there we are given some valuable hints. Luther Burbank, of Santa Rosa, California, has demonstrated that the size of our native plums can be increased by crossing with European pollen without losing the tenderness, sprightliness, juiciness and quality of.-our natives. Our experience on the College grounds verify the results reachedoby Mr. Burbank. As an instance, we crossed the blossoms of the De Soto six years ago with the pollen of a Japan variety from Oregon. The leaves of two of the hybrids resulting are larger and thicker than those of either parent, but in color and net.veining they resemble those of the De Soto. The buds, however, in shape are like the Japan variety and most of them are triple. In vigor of growth the trees exceed either species. During the past hot, dry summer the De Soto on the College grounds has sutfered and made trifling growth, while the hybrids have never flagged a leaf and have made an extension of growth of from two to four feet. The fruit is a clear union of the two species with deep suture and blue bloom, yet they have the sprightliness of flavor and freedom from pasty flesh of the De Soto and are perfect freestones. Joining these, and still other experiences, we have the best reasons for believing that within the next fifteen years we will have hybrids between our best native and foreign plums that will unite the good qualities of the two species. But in the selection of these hybrids we must keep in mind the retention in large part of the peculiar flesh and flavor of our fine natives now finding favor in our markets and more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 381g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236826647
  • 9781236826640