The botanist defines fruit as "The ripened pericarp and attachments." This would hardly answer for a description of Grimes Golden apple, Seckel pear, Ponderosa tomato, or other products of the gardener's art of developing delicious flesh at the expense of the seeds. Some of the conditions most favorable for perfect fruit development are of far more value to the grower than a discussion of the principles connected with fruit- and seed-growth.

Some of the essentials connected with the development of flowers and the starting and holding of the fruit have been outlined above. In practice it is found that some of the conditions favorable to perfect flowers are also favorable for the perfect maturation of the fruit.