This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In the January number of the Gardener's Monthly appears an article by the editor in answer to queries about this grape for culture in a cold grapery. In the April number A Sigler, of Adrian, Michigan, condemns it as a slow grower and shy bearer, and not of first quality. He calls it "Gros Colmar." If he grew the Gros Colman in an old grapery, where the border was clogged with roots, the wonder with me is, that it ever grew or bore half a crop.
I obtained cuttings from Dr. Charles Huston, of Coatesville, in January, 187S. The eyes were set in February of that year. They were planted in a new lean-to house, about June 1st, in a rich, outside border manured with bone and well-rotted stable manure. I sold the grapes in November, last year, to fruit dealers in Philadelphia, at §1.00, when B. Hamburgs, Bowoods and Muscat Hamburgs only brought 60c. a pound in October. The grape in quality is little behind the Black Hamburg; is a better bearer; clusters as large and berries from one-half inch to one and one-fourth inches in diameter. Its flavor is slightly that of a fine cherry.
Some doubt has been expressed as to this variety being a good one for a cold vinery. In a city store, recently, we saw some from the grapery of Mr. J. H Bull, of West Chester, which were perfect in size and color. One bunch had been cut which weighed one pound ten ounces. Certainly no one could desire better success than this in a cold grapery.