This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
We have to be very careful about reports of earliness or lateness of fruits. At the recent meeting of the Georgia State Horticultural Society, Mr. Robinson stated the Alexander ripened ten days before Beatrice, and Mr. Stark that it ripened ten days later than Beatrice, with him. Knowing that reporters seldom get the exact spirit of the remarks, it might be thought there was some misapprehension here, but Mr. Moses is reported as saying " Mr. Stark's must be an exceptional case, " and is followed by Mr. Hartridge, who says, " Alexander and Beatrice ripen together." Mr. Berk-man is also made to say Beatrice was ten days later with him than Alexander. Mr. Robinson declares, with him the two ripened together, trees not twenty feet apart.
It is evident that comparative ripening is, in some respects, an unknown quantity.