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Botany and Plant Pathology


The following pages represent an effort to trace the causes of the changing procession of varieties of apples grown in Maine. To this end the history of fruit growing in Maine has been carefully studied, largely through the Agricultural Reports from 1850 to 1909 and the columns of the Maine Farmer from 1838 to 1875. The inquiry has been confined as rigidly as possible to this state, outside sources being referred to only for sake of comparison. Rather incidentally, soil influences, modifications due to climate, etc., have been considered.

Naturally, since the inquiry was limited to printed record, nothing new has been discovered in this study. Perhaps a somewhat new point of view has been achieved. And, since early Maine pomological literature has been rather neglected by our leading writers, some few forgotten facts have been exhumed. A small amount of information has been collected in regard to Honey Pink; a little has been added to the commonly known history of the High- top Sweet; notices of Winthrop Greening and of Hunt Russet prior to any recorded in standard literature have been found and authenticated histories of Hubbardston and of Tolman Sweet have been carried back a little further.

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