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.
Professor S. B. Buckley says that the apple does not succeed well in the warmer parts of Texas, unless "Southern varieties from Southern nurseries "are planted. The blight, which it seems now to be proved is caused by a minute fungus, kills thousands of trees in the State. On his grounds at Austin few have died. There are old trees at El Paso nine feet in circumference three feet from the ground. They were planted by the Spaniards a hundred years ago. Dr. Buckley thinks they are the largest pear trees in the United States; but we doubt this. Peaches are at home in Texas. Quinces promising. Plums, only the native selections do well. Cherries, currants, and gooseberries do not do well. The grape, we gather from his remarks, is not very successful. The fig does well in Middle and Southern Texas. Oranges only in the counties bordering on the Gulf. Blackberries do well. Raspberries, only the Black Caps. Strawberries very well. Prof. Buckley thinks that a little more fruit in addition to the present abundant" hog and possum "would do the Texan farmer no harm.