This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A , Geneva, N. Y. writes: " We wish to call your attention to what seems a great injury to the Ampelopsis Veitchii. On the residence of George S. Conover. Esq., is one of the largest plants in the State. It covers the south, east and north side of his brick house, with its fine clinging tendrils, covered with the small leaves peculiar to the young growth and the large branches covered (interspersed) with its larger leaves and longer stems.
The vine at its ends last winter on the south side was winter killed two to four feet from the ends. But the free growth of an established plant soon overcomes the slight winter killing. Recently, on all sides of the house, many branches of this fine plant have died - the wood dies and the leaves wilt. It seems like blight. Has any one seen the same, and is it going to condemn this variety? The same thing has not appeared on three or four year plants".
[The excessively warm days, and sudden low temperature of last November, injured many very hardy things last winter, Ampelopsis Veitchii among the rest. The conditions were so extraordinary that we may not look for an early repetition of the injury. The other is a more serious matter. It is the first instance of the kind that we have heard of. If allied to the fire blight in the pear, it can be readily ascertained by examination. In the fire blight, the fungus which causes the disease does not occupy more than an inch or two of space, and its work can be readily traced at the base of the dead branch. There where the bark and wood is actually killed by the fungus it is dark and dry; above the fungus-girdled spot the wood dies rather for want of moisture, and is of a greenish brown. An examination of the Ampelopsis will show how it is. - Ed. G. M].