The Culture and Diseases of the Peach: A Complete Treatise for the Use of Peach Growers and Gardeners, of Pennsylvania, and All Districts Affected by the "yellows," and Other Diseases of the Tree

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Every Saturday night office, 1880 - Peach - 95 pages
 

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Page 80 - Pruning may be defined as the removal of a part of a plant for the purpose of improving the remaining part or its product. Lindley, a noted English horticulturist who lived many years ago, said: " If well directed, pruning is one of the most useful; and if ill directed, it is among the most mischievous operations that can take place on a plant.
Page 62 - ... exists at all ; and, as the circle formed by the roots is generally greater than that of the branches, the proper manner of applying manure is to introduce it into the ground at a distance from the stem about equal to the radius formed by the branches, and yet, although this is so evidently right, I have seen a gardener who ought to have known much better, sedulously administering liquid manure, by pouring it into the soil at the base of the stem, which is much the same thing as if an attempt...
Page 20 - Ntemaftpora without destroying the life of the spores, it is evident that the action of rain or washes of pure water will only tend to diffuse the spores over the body of the tree and roots, while the applications of solutions of sulphuric acid and alkalies will destroy them.
Page 12 - ... Judge Peters records in a brief note, that — As I predicted the yellows are seen making destructive ravages in Mr. Heston's peach plantation. I have lost a great proportion of my trees [the 200] by the same malady this year, some of them young and vigorous. We have had two successive rainy seasons. I do not recollect ever to have seen more general destruction among peach trees throughout the whole of the country. It seems that excessive moisture is one of the primary causes of this irresistible...
Page 14 - November 6, 1807, he says: The disease and early death of our peach trees is a fertile source of observation, far from being exhausted. * * * Even that sickly appearance of the tree, called the yellows, attended by numerous weakly shoots on the limbs generally, is attributed to insects by a late writer ia our newspapers.
Page 92 - The peach is the least expensive crop on the farm ; this brings peach growing within the capacity of all as a cheap, available and profitable crop. The successful growing of this delicious fruit is of the highest importance to every one, from the farmer with his broad acres and his thousands of trees, to the town, village and country housekeeper who has a yard or lawn, however limited.
Page 12 - I still think that the disease so generally fatal (more so this year than any other in my memory), called the yellows, is atmospherical.
Page 92 - Quick or caustic lime, potash, guano and all the ammoniacal alkalies, act as purifiers and produce the desired result — the entire destruction of these diseases, whether in the body, limbs or roots of the tree ; in the one case by the application of a wash, and to the...
Page 90 - He gave a brief history of the introduction of -die peach into the American colonies, adaptability •of our soil and climate to its growth, and great (productiveness, continuing in health and vigor to .an old age, affording annually its delicious tribute as a luxury to tho early colonists.
Page 93 - Maryland, he said, is gathered in an immature state, quite hard, and before it has acquired that sweet saccharine taste which is only found in a ripe peach. This immature condition is required for peaches handled so frequently ani roughly in their long transportation.

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