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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)

Goff, E. S.
The Rockford plum,   pp. 3-6 PDF (800.3 KB)


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WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTtRAL SOCIETY.
long. truncate at base, with a distinct suture. The skin is
purple. sometimeS inelining to orange, often a little speckled.
with a very thin bloom; the stein is half an inch long. slender.
and set in a decided cavity; the flesh is rich vellow, almost
free from  the stone, sweet and rich and entirely without
astrinigency or aeerbity; the stone is oval, bluntly pointed, and
very obscurely margined.
Mr. C'. Or. Patten of Charles City. Ia., who introduced this
plum. writes: June 23. 18'9() -Replying to yours of the 18th.
in reference to the Rockford plum: It is an early and per-
sistent bearer. The plums are small unless properly thinned
or the land thorioughlv enriched. It is then fair size and really
best in quality of all of the well known sorts. The fruit is
too small to be popular unless well handled. It has a little
tendenev to scab, but if not allowed to over-bear the scab is
diffused over the surface so that it is scarcelv noticeable.
WNlhen well grown in south Iowa it has been preferred to the
Sanford and has sold for $3.00 per bushel. It originated by
accident in this countv. I bought the original trees and dis-
seminai-ted it. I have it on sandv soil and on common prairie,
and it does fully as well on the sandy land."
Mr. 0. M. Lord of Minnesota Cityv. Minn.. who has grown
the Rockford plum for several years. writes: (June 22, 1S96)
-I know nothing of the Rockford plum except upon my own
grounds. Except some young ones I have only bearing trees
that Mr. Patten sent me. One year the plums were large and
fine but otherwise they have been small and rotted on the
tree. He savs this is the only case within his knowledge in
which the plums have rotted and that the small size is due
to over-bearing. I have top grafted some on stock known to
be adapted to my soil, which is sandy, to see if I could get
better results. but they have not yet borne. The trees hang
full this year but I doubt their success on sandv soil."
J. S. Harris. of La Crescent, Minn., writes: (June 22, 1896)
"So far. the Rockford plum has not fulfilled mv expectations;
is not so well adapted as De Soto or Chenev."
Dewain Cook of Windom, Minn., writes in substance:
(July 6, 1896) "Two trees of Rockford plum set spring of 1890
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