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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / The Wisconsin horticulturist: issued monthly, under the management of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the purpose of disseminating the horticultural information collected through the agency of the society
Vol. I, No. 6 (August 1896)

The pearl gooseberry,   pp. 11-12 PDF (401.5 KB)


Page 11


THE PEARL GOOSEBERRY.
the same soil and location came through the winter in good
condition and now look well.
Red raspberries, although well covered with earth, all died.
Black raspberries by the side of them, treated in the same
ayan, came through in good condition, fruited fairly well and
now look vigorous.
THE PEARL (GYOOSEBERRY.
The Pearl is a gooseberrv grown from seed of the Hougl-
ton. crossed with the Ashton Seedling, bv Ilrof. William Suaun-
ders, an(l worthy, of special notice because, first, of its good
(quality; second, its size; third, its productiveness; fourth, its
freedom frnimi mildew.
Now, with reference to these points, I will state the result
tf my observations. The quality was good. very much like the
Ibownimr in this respect. as w-ell as in color marking; but in
size it averaged nearlv double that berry, and that in spite
of the prodigolus crop under which the bushes were laden.
Thier was a row of some sixty-five bushes one year planted,
and most of them were literally bent to the ground with heaps
of fruit. The average was eight berries per inch of wood, and
on one bush we estimated there nmust have been 2.500 berries.
W'e mave had great loads upon the Smitlh, the Downing and(
others, on our owvn grounds, but we have not seen the quantity
of fruit upon the bushes of any variety to equal that upon
these bushes of the Pearl. Should this productiveness prove
constant, the berry will be of great value for the imarket.
With regard to the mildew, all we can sav is what wve saw.
viz.: it was entirely free from it.  One bush stood next a
Whlitesmnith. and, while the berries of that kind were covered
wvith nmiilew and utterlv worthless, no trace of the fungus
could be found upon the Pearl.
Silas Wilson, of Atlantic, Iowa, a well known authority on
horticulture in his state. says:
"The Pearl gooseberry is a great sight. There could be no
more berries on the stein without crowding off the leaves. It
is wonderfully productive, and I am pleased to find the quality
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