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My old friend and co-worker, Bruce Wolverton, of Portland, Ore., writes me under date of February 5, as fol lows: "I am writing you now to get your judgment as to the best kinds of apricots to plant for this climate and market. I am thinking of set ting out an orchard up the Columbia. What three varieties of peaches would you recommend to last through the season? Would you prefer Delicious and King David to Spitz where there is no irrigation?" We have tried several varieties of the apricot on our fruit ranch, and, answering from our experience, there is but one I would recommend for commercial purpose, viz., the Moor park. The Budd and the Alexander are both prolific and the trees are hardy, but the fruit is small as com pared to the Moorpark; the quality is decidedly inferior and they will not sell nearly so well. I have not had a large experience in raising apricots and am not trying to give anything but my experience. The books on horticulture tell of other apricots, but these books are just as accessible to friend Wolverton as to myself. I do not fully understand the inquiry about peaches. I am not sure whether friend Wolverton has reference to home use or for commercial purposes. If he means for home use, I would say that no three peaches with which I am acquainted will last through the season. It will take something near a dozen varieties to do that. If I were aiming to have peaches to last through the entire season, which will run from early in July to November Ist, I would begin with Alexander or Arkansas Traveler, then follow with Hale's Early, then Champion, Foster and Early Crawford, then Elberta and Late Crawford, then Wonderful, Sal way and Heath Cling. The Triumph might be dropped in after Hale's Early and the Columbia after the Champion. I had in my old peach or chard about 25 varieties, and we were never without peaches from the first ones ripe till the frost got so heavy The U. S. POMOLOGIST COL. GEO. B. BEACKETT, says: "I always told you I consider Delicious the best of all varieties you have in troduced." COMPLIMENTARY SPECIMENS of this famous Stark Delicious apple will be sent on request. Delicious is the greatest quality apple of the day; selling at 50% more than Jonathan. Delicious trees are healthy, hardy, dependable everywhere, and bear in comparable quality fruit. Without Delicious no orchard is complete. Send for the apples and our book, "The Apple Delicious," which shows Delicious and King David in full col or and tells about other profitable sorts. Stark Trees are best; grown on scientific principles in our 10 nur series and each tree has the Stark reputation of 84 years behind it. Stock is most complete and of high est quality; apple, peach, pear, cher ry, plum, grape, gooseberry, currant, black berry, roses, Norway Maple, etc., —everything. Write today for the Stark Fruit Book STARK BKO'S Box 59, Louisiana, Mo. Reliable Stock We have carefully prepared a list of trees* and plants suitable for all local ities. It is quite essential for this to be considered for a full crop of fruits and nuts. Write today for catalog. J. 11. PILKINGTON, Portland Oregon DON'T WAIT SPRAY NOW It is only during the winter months when the tree is dormant that spraying can be most effec tively done. That time Is passing, but there is still a chance for you to secure a supply of our Rex Lime and Sulphur Spray and make a thorough application. Write for the Spray Book, but do it now, the time is short. Jacob Kaufmann Co. SEATTLE HORTICULTURAL DEPARTMENT Edited by P. Walden as to freeze the fruit. I mean of course when we had peaches for in at least one year we had none at all, and some times a very scanty crop. For commercial purposes no three peaches will last through the season. I would not raise peaches to last through the entire season. The early peaches never pay. I thought they would when I began the business in Washington, but I found out my mis take when my peach trees began to bear. Peaches, like the Alexander and Amsden, never sell well. One reason is that they are not of much account; they get soft and mushy in a day or two if they are ripe enough to pick, and if they are not they never get good. I would cut out everything down to Hale's Early and I am not sure I would raise that. Another objection to raising the very early peaches, and Hale's Early is that by the time these peaches come in, the fine yellow peaches are then com ing into our market from California and crowd out the inferior grades. For commercial purposes I would, therefore, begin with Foster, Cham pion or Early Crawford. For the main crop I would depend more on the El berta than anything else. It is a big fine yellow peach, is an enormous bearer and holds up well after pick ing. Last summer I picked a nice Elberta peach ready to ship and laid it up in my room in the house and just one week later we ate it and it was in good condition. But few peaches will hold up as well as that. The Elberta is not as high a grade peach as some others, but fortunately for the growers, not many people know that the housewife looking for peaches to put up often passes by better peaches and says, "I'll take some of those big yellow peaches over there." Elberta peaches look so well that, like some very handsome people, they pass for more than they are worth. Then another good reason why the Elberta sells so well is that they come in after the California peaches are out of the way and have no com petition. Many housewives wait for peaches to get cheaper and about the time the big showy Elbertas come in, wake up to the fact that they must hasten in putting up their peaches and the demand becomes great. The Elberta is the money maker. It is an enormous bearer. Last season we had 1,000 four-year-old Elberta trees in bearing and many of them yielded 10 boxes to the tree and some more. The Late Crawford is a big fine peach, but gets ready to pick with the Elberta; it is not so handsome and does not yield so well, the tree is more erect and does not. compare favorably with the great spreading Elberta. The Wonderful comes be tween the Elberta and the Salway, is a really good peach, but is somewhat ill-shaped and is not first-class as a money getter. I had 50 trees in my old peach orchard and have about that many in my new orchard. The Salway is a fine peach, is first class in quality, bears well and has but one drawback —it comes too late. In some localities it often gets bitten with frost before it is ripe. In the higher altitudes it should never be raised. Another objection to this magnificent peach is a very singular one. About the time the Elbertas and Late Crawfords are gone the de mand for peaches drops off. The mothers have put up all the peaches they want, the people are to some ex tent, at least, satiated on peaches, and as a result of these things I have known fine Salways—a far better peach than many others —to sell at half what the Elbertas and Late Crawfords sold for. Sometimes there are marked excep tions to what I have just stated, and very late peaches like Salway, Orange Cling and Cox's Golden Cling sell very high. But my observation is that you cannot count on this condition as a ■regular and dependable thing. As to whether I would prefer the Delicious and King David to the Spitz enburg where irrigation can not be practiced, I wish to say that I am not prepared to speak as to the merits of the King David. I have some trees top-grafted to the King David, but I have not yet had the privilege of test ing the apple, so do not wish to speak The R^anctu either for or against it. Many testi monials are given in favor of this beautiful apple, but I am not able to add mine for lack of experience. I have been able to sample the Delic ious and can say that it is a large beautiful apple and is delicious. If I were planting a new orchard 1 should certainly include this in my selection. About the first of January of this year I heard an objection to the De licious, made by a good man in whom I have great confidence, that put me to thinking. His objection was that the Delicious while a very fine apple in quality early in the season, de teriorated very rapidly and that near the close of winter it became decid edly insipid. I was not able to say whether this objection was well founded or not. I had a few Delic ious sent me last fall and I had but one left, so I held it to well into Jan uary and can say that I could not de tect the least deterioration. I am convinced that my friend was mis taken in part at least. But this ob jection is not a very serious one, for if an apple will hold up in quality till after the holiday trade is over, and will during that trade sell as the De licious is reported to have sold, and- I know sold in Seattle, it would prove a very profitable apple to grow. Whether it would be a wise thing to grow the Spitzenburg extensively up the Columbia river, where friend Wolverton has land, I do not know. WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU to buy direct from us. It gives you full value for your money. Write for our price list and literature explaining our system of dealing direct with customers. RUSSELVILIiE NURSERIES R. F. D. No. 2 MountalnVille, Oregon Send for our 1909 SEEDS, BULBS & PLANTS catalogue of Dahlias a Specialty MILLS & CO. Mamaroneck, N. 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