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)
Vaughan, B. M.
Trees and plants in Wood County, pp. 9-11 PDF (604.2 KB)
The pearl gooseberry, pp. 11-12 PDF (401.5 KB)
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 1 1
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