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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)


Page 7


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
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