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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)

Hatch, A. L.
The Door County fruit district,   pp. 212-214 PDF (995.3 KB)


Page 212


WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY.
Finally, if a person propagates plants for his own use he will
become a keener observer of the characteristics of the plants with
which he is dealing. He is obliged to look into the details of
their make-up and development, and this is conducive to suc-
cess, not only in the growing of small fruits, but of other crops
as well.
I have touched upon only a few of the factors which, to my
mind, influence the degree of success to be attained in the man-
agement of a plantation for small fruits. In some instances I may
have drawn defective conclusions, but I believe that most of the
things I have mentioned are worthy of our consideration.
THE DOOR COUNTY FRUIT DISTRICT.
A. L. HATCH, Sturgeon Bay.
The continued success of fruit culture at Sturgeon Bay is now
attracting considerable attention. Especially is this true cf
cherry culture, which is expanding rapidly. In common with
most of the Door county peninsula this region has some ad-
vantages for the growth of several fruits which have been deniot-
strated to be very valuable and reliable for every season. In
fruit culture, as in every other business, success depends upon
certainty of returns. Where conditions favor full crops every
year and where the fruit develops to perfection, and where it
has perfect shipping qualities, there exists the foundation for
profitable commercial fruit growing. And when these conditions
are supplemented with good shipping and marketing conditions,
and when the business is already well established for co-opera-
tion among growers, there exists still further advantages.
In all of these the Sturgeon Bay region is especially fortu-
nate. The first planting of fruit trees in considerable quanti-
ties were made about fifty years ago and during all those years
there is no record of a loss of bloom by spring frosts. This is
a record assuring a greater certainty of crops than ix found
elsewhere in most of the so-called fruit regions.
We have at Sturgeon Bay a cool spring long drawn out
that prevents such early bloom, and gives fruit trees a chance to
make a strong recuperative start of buds and bloom that has
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