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Peach Growing in Massachusetts

Excerpt from Peach Growing in Massachusetts The temperature at which fruit buds are killed is uncertain. In some years, buds have been killed at a temperature of - 10 f. In one year buds were reported to have withstood This difference is probably due partly to the internal condition of the buds, but mostly to the weather conditions preceding the killing temperature. Experience in the college and experiment station orchards indi cates that in most years - 14 or - 15 is the danger point at which buds are killed regardless of their stage of development. Most varieties of peaches form many more fruit buds than can be developed into mature fruits. Probably not more than five percent of the buds develop into mature peaches, so that if ten. Percent of the buds are uninjured and are well distributed over the tree, there are enough for a good crop. Investigation shows that increased hardiness is associated with increased storage of reserve food material (carbohydrates) in the tree, while decreased hardiness is associated with increased storage of water and nitrogen. Therefore, the best cultural practice is'to (1) fertilize early in the spring, (2) cultivate thoroughly through the early pa rt of the season and then sow a cover crop, and (3) thin the crop adequately to prevent overbearing. This treatment stimulates the tree to make a vigorous growth early in the season and to store up later the maximum amount of reserve food material. But the increased cold resistance gained in this way is slight. The greatest hope for success lies in the careful choice of sites, in the planting of the hardiest of our present varieties, and in the introduction of more hardy varieties. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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