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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Combined annual reports of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the years ending July 1, 1927 and July 1, 1928
Vol. LVII

Shall we plant delicious?,   pp. 68-69 PDF (534.1 KB)


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68  WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
I have shipped them around to many places to test the keeping
qualities. I think Mr. Ullsperger was sent some but I have not
heard from him. I shipped them to South Dakota and the berries
stood up longer than any variety I have been able to secure.
MIL KEuuoGG: I know very little about the variety but I do know
this, that what reports I have heard have been very satisfactory.
The plant is a medium strong plant, carrying a lot of vitality and a
heavy root system, and those of us who are located on soil that suf-
fers from dry weather know what that means. In years gone by
there have probably been no berries produced for market in soils
that have been subject to drought that have proved so successful
as the Warfield.
SHALL WE PLANT DELICIOUS?
DISCUSSION
MR. BASSETT: We have just begun to get yields the last two or
three years; the Delicious apple has to get quite a little age before it
bears. It sells well, colors well and flavors well.
MP. LAWRENCE: My observation of course, is Mr. Ullsperger's
experience. They have not been fruiting as the other trees set
alongside of them and they are now just as we thought they were
twelve or fifteen years ago when we commenced planting them.
They are not in all cases giving the size and color that will com-
pete with the western apple. We are trying cultural methods that
will in the future give us opportunity to do more with them; they
have just got to bearing.
MR. RASMUSSEN: I have just one or two Delicious and I do not
think the quality is as good as some others-as the Wealthy.
MR. JoE TELFER: I do not have a great many trees. One block
of about 50 trees about 13 years old had a fair crop last year and
averaged a little bit better than three bushels to the tree this year.
This is really the best crop we ever had.
MRS. BASSETr: Most every city fellow and farmer in Sauk county
has a few Delicious owing to the advertising and I think when they
get to bearing we will have just as many Delicious as we have
Wealthy now.
MR. KzLLoGG: The introduction of this variety as a market apple
came from our friends in the southwest and it has appeared to me
over a good many years' time that the Delicious as an apple for
the consuming public, has been over-advertised from every stand-
point that you could consider. The quality of the apple is reasonably
good, not any better than any other variety that we can grow and
are growing, but the publicity and the advertising that has been
given that apple has set everybody to thinking in terms of wanting
to plant a Delicious tree. Those of us who are in the nursery busi-
ness know that the first thing a fellow wants when he comes to the
nursery in the planting season is some Delicious. I believe we need
more time to determine whether the Delicious shall be one of the
leading varieties of Wisconsin apples. Our friends at Sturgeon Bay
are undecided; they have them in quantity; in carload lots. We can-
not go on record here; let us keep ourselves reasonably close to the
ground until we find out whether the Delicious is going to displace
the McIntosh as a table apple. It is never going to take the place
of the McIntosh, but as a commercial apple the choice is between
the one that will bring the money and the one that will make the
work.
MR. TELFER: I think Mr. Hamilton of Two Rivers planted a
block of Delicious, probably some of the first planted in the state,


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