Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)
Melville, James W.
A Chippewa County orchard of 60 acres, pp. 99-104 PDF (1.2 MB)
WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. Mr. Melville: It does when it is old, but the young trees bear fine fruit. A Member: How many years old are your Wealthys before they bear? Mr. Melville: About six years, bear a paying crop at six years, and very nice fruit. Some years I hear some people say they drop off frequently, I do not find that fault with the Wealthy. Mr. Reed: How old are your Duchess trees? Mr. Melville: My Duchess trees are twenty years old. Ten years are the oldest Wealthys, there was a thousand bushels on four acres. A Member: You have not got to shipping Wealthys yet out of the home market? Mr. Melville: We have plenty of chances to ship them, but so long as we can sell them at home we do not want to ship them. Mr. Daub: It is the finest orchard I ever saw, not excepting Yakima Valley or the Pacific Coast where I have been. Mr. Melville: My Northwestern Greenings are only eight years old and they bore two or three good crc p. A Member: Have you lost any Northwesterra Greening trees by winter killing? Mr. Melville: No, the second year I plantel them ont there came a cold, dry year and the neighbors lost a few, but mine were too young; they looked pretty sickly, but came through all right. Then in a couple of years they started bearing. A Member: About at what age do your Duchess come into bearing? Mr. Melville: About six, and the Wealthy also. A Member: Do they not nearly touch in the row when they are twelve feet apart? Mr. Melville: No, not at six years. My oldest orchard is eleven years and they are beginning to touch now. MIr. Palmer: Are your Duchess that close? Mr. Melville: No, my Duchess are twenty feet apart each way. I would not recommend that to anybody, because when they get old you cannot drive through. Mr. Palmer: You would not recommend setting Duchess twelve feet apart? Mr. Melville: No, they ought to be sixteen feet apart at least. 102
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