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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / The Wisconsin horticulturist
Vol. IV, No. 5 (July 1899)

[Title page] The Wisconsin horticulturist,   p. [5] PDF (197.3 KB)

Concerning cranberries,   p. [5] PDF (197.3 KB)

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Cbe Wlisconsin lborticulturist.
VOL. IV.               JULY.                NO. 5.
The cranberry output of Wisconsin last year was about
40,000 barrels. This was less than half the crop produced
in '93, owing to the wholesale destruction of vines by fires
a few years ago. Many of the marshes which were then
burned over were afterward re-planted with vines and are
now coming into bearing.
At the meeting of the Wisconsin State Horticultural
Society last winter, the opinion was expressed that cran-
berries had brought more money into our State than apples
and strawberries combined.
In view of the importance of this industry the Legisla-
ture appropriates S250 annually to the Cranberry Associa-
tion to aid them in their work of experimenting.
At present this Association is testing 150 different va-
rieties of cranberries. Some of the Wisconsin berries are
considered the finest in the world.
Propagating from seed is so slow a process that the
general practice is to propagate from cuttings. They mow
the vines of the varieties they desire to plant, run them
through a feed-cutter to make them about two inches long,
then sow them over the ground. The marsh must first be
made level. After sowing them water is turned on to the
marsh to keep them moist and in about six months they
will come up like a green crop.
One of the essentials of successful cranberry-growing
is a supply of water which can be turned on and off at will.

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