Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)
Bingham, D. E.
Cherries and plums, pp. 7-14 PDF (2.0 MB)
SUMMER MEWING. making fun of him for growing pears; he said, "Why, gentle- men, pears do not cost me much; I can raise them for about 75 cents or a dollar apiece." I do not think I ever raised pears that cost me less than five dollars. Mr. Kellogg: I got them this year so that they did not cost me a cent apiece. CHERRIES AND PLUMS. By D. E. BINGHAM, Sturgeon Bay. I have no paper prepared on cherries and plums. In regard to cherries; about fourteen years ago, when Prof. Goff and Mr. Hatch went to Door county they figured that the European plum business would be a wonderful success, taking the general lay of the land and the nearness to the water into consideration, they thought that plum culture there would be as sure a thing as they could enter into, and planted out about sixteen acres of European plums, with perhaps two or three varieties of the natives and as many of the Japanese varieties. Those trees did very well for a number of years, but the. shot- hole fungus, which attacks the foliage of European plums, and of course of the Japs and of the cherry, attacked these, and being in the nursery, we did not have a chance to spray them, and of course that injured the trees somewhat. Following a hard win- ter, nearly all of the European varieties were dead, the result, rno doubt, of the defoliation the previous summer. The Japanese varieties still stood that test, the foliage did not fall as much as on the others, the shot-hole fungus seemed to attack the foliage on the Jap varieties earlier in the season, and they seemed to renew and go on with the later foliage, which was good and did not show as much injury, and consequently lived through the winter. That is about fourteen years ago. The Japs are still living, the Europeans are practically cleaned out, with the ex- ception of perhaps two or three hundred trees on a lower, sandy soil. This year and last year also the winters were very mild, mild enough so that on the Jap varieties the fruit buds lived through the winter and we had a good crop last year and this year of the Burbank. Europeans have the disadvantage of being a little 7
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