This section of the book is from the Guide To Hardy Fruits And Ornamentals book, by Thomas Joseph Dwyer, published in 1903.
The author has for several years fruited many varieties of the Japan Plums in a large way, having several hundred trees under cultivation. They have been a satisfactory and profitable crop at all times. Our profits from them have been as large as from any fruit grown,. However, we find that the future of this family of fruit is an undecided and unsettled problem among fruit growers. Many good fruit growers who have fruited them successfully and profitably, have optimistic views for their future, and are planting them largely, thus proving their faith in them. Then on the other hand we meet growers who are extremely conservative about planting them to any extent, if at all, seeming to think that ere. long the market will be glutted with them when the season is favorable for their fruiting; that when they rot badly in seasons of excessive rains, the crop is so light that they will be unprofitable. We have faith enough in the Japs to continue planting and fruiting them consistently with the other tree fruits, but not exclusively of them. Perhaps we can better and more forcibly explain by stating that #e would plant them in one-half the quantities of the Peach, and this rule would hold good both for commercial orcharding and for the home garden.