This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
The fruit of my Elrudgs Nectarine dried of last rammer just before its period of maturity. The tree was of perfectly healthy and vigorous growth, three yean from the nursery, had been regularly shortened-in, and had brought its fruit to perfection in 1851. The most careful examination of three or four of the dried fruits disclosed no trace of an insect Overbearing could not have been the cause, as the severity of the previous winter had spared upon this tree only twelve or fifteen nectarines. The season could hardly have caused it, for a Hunt's Tawney, thirty feet distant, and an Early Violet, only twenty feet, brought their respective fruit to perfection, in the same soil, and with the same exposure and treatment What could have been the cause; and what is the remedy or preventive! Subscriber.
Gases of this kind occur often, that do not admit of a sound explanation, especially by persons that are unacquainted with all the circumstances.
A lady correspondent writes us as follows:
"I have a beautiful White Pine, thirty feet high, covered with the American Blight, or Woolly Aphis, which I fear will destroy it unless you can suggest a remedy. Will sulphur, or any other medicine, inserted into its body enter the circulation and destroy the pest without injury to the tree! It is so large I cannot have access to them with any external application, unless showering with some medicamentum, or tobacco water, will prove effectual"
No hope whatever from internal applications. We really cannot suggest a remedy except the unpleasant one of cutting down trees so affected. The Scotch Pine is likely to fall a prey to it. We published some months ago a communicatien on this subject from H. W. Sargant, Esq., of Fishkill, on the Hudson. On a small scale we may manage this insect, but on large trees it is beyond control.