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.
It is singular that arguments should still be continued in the way they are. A very intelligent correspondent of a contemporary concludes a very good chapter on hardy plants by the following conundrum:
" And now I come to the disputed point as to whether any plant or tree is able to survive the complete solidification of its sap by cold. Many difficulties attend the practical solution of this question, but my belief is that many kinds of trees do survive, without injury, a complete freezing of their sap in their bodies and limbs for a longer or shorter time, according to circumstances".
As most trees will "bleed" at once after the thermometer goes above freezing point, though they may have been for weeks below zero, did it never occur to those who believe the trunk was a solid block of ice, that the tree must have wonderful powers of thawing out? Completely solidified liquids do not generally deliquate in a few moments.