Report of the Iowa State Horticultural Society, for the Year Volume 33

Report of the Iowa State Horticultural Society, for the Year Volume 33

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...them for fancy prices, and transferring the experiments from nursery to the farm, compelling the farmer to test the quality of the tree bought, and thus leaving him about one chance in one hundred of winning. Had our nurserymen planted our hardiest tmerican varieties instead of going off after the Russian craze, our cellars might have been filled with apples to-day. The Russian craze was a bad thing for orchards. During the year 1884-85 Missouri and Michigan suffered at the same time but they did not weaken or go to Russia for new varieties. If we had 'ollowed their example and planted the best American varieties, we would have winter apples in large quantities. We should have studied more into the best methods of acclimating our fruit trees in northern Iowa, and this, with good care, good conditions and cultivation, would have solved the question of generally successful fruit raising long ago. I believe, however, we have seen our worst days; that the clouds and doubts and failures of the past have given place to the sunshine and genial air of an assured success in commercial orchards of northern Iowa. People are devoting more time and study to this subject; are learning to employ all the attributes, especially the four named above, necessary to bring success, and this will lead men to profit by the discouragements and failures of the past, and make a less period of time necessary to secure the best results in the future. Every farmer wants fruit, and should be willing to do his best to raise at least a few varieties; but many lack faith and do not take proper care after planting. They want to wait a few years to see how their venture comes out. If it pays, then they will begin to pay at least as much attention to their fruit as they do...show more

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  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 485g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236788540
  • 9781236788542