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.
I write to you in regard to a seedling apple that has been in cultivation about eighty years, and has some very valuable qualities. So I send you a specimen of it, and would like to have your opinion about it. I think the apple has some very valuable properties, and thought it was my duty to bring it to notice. The Sweet Pippin apple originated on the farm of the late Samuel Min-ninger, of Richland Township, Bucks Co., Pa. The trees are straggling growers, somewhat spreading or drooping. They form medium sized heads; wood grayish. They are very hardy and profuse hearers every other year, and the apples adhere firmly to the trees, donotdrop off like most apples do, and they will not be blown off by hard winds and storms. They are in season from December to June, will ripen up like oranges, will not wilt and shrivel like most apples do, and in June they will be just as sound as in the fall, and as yellow as oranges. I saw eighty bushels on a heap the other day, and you could not see a specked one nor a rotton one on the heap.
Young trees in the nursery ought to be top grafted to form good trees.
[The true value of an apple, or for the matter of that, any fruit, depends on a great many things more than any editor can find out by examining a specimen of the fruit in his office. All we can say is that the specimen sent by Mr.
Youngken is not of the highest flavor, but is a fair fruit in every particular. If all its other characters come out in every case as Mr Young-ken finds them, it might be worth introducing, though we always dread the prospects of any new addition to the already formidable list of fruits. - Ed. G. M].