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.
An Ohio cultivator has about one hundred varieties of apples, all the best kind, vet Grimes Golden is at the head of the list for hardiness, fairness of fruit, uniform bearing and superior quality. The orchard has been twenty-one years planted, and for sixteen years the Grimes has not failed to give an annual crop of good size fruit.
ED. Western Horticulturist: - There appears a question about the hardiness of this apple. As I no doubt planted the first trees of the Grimes in Iowa, it may be presumed that I should know something about its hardiness. I planted my first trees in 1850. They were not injured by the winter of 1855 and 1856, while some other kinds near them were badly damaged. Last winter did injure my old trees some, in common with others.
Four years ago I planted one hundred each of Grimes and Ben Davis. A few trees of each were killed last winter, the main cause of which I think was fall drouth. The balance are flourishing. I think the Grimes as hardy as any variety I have tested.
I got my first Grimes Golden cions from Samuel Wood, of Jefferson county, Ohio. Afterwards I went to Thomas Grimes in Brook county, Va., and out cions from off the original tree.
Vincennes, Lee Co., Iowa. Johnson Meek.
This is growing immensely in popularity. Nurserymen tell us that the stock is rapidly sold and orders are unlimited. This is very flattering to the introducer, and yet not more than it deserves. The fruit is certainly excellent - a good keeper, and of good quality. Those who want to plant a tree sure to bear had better look after this.
We remind our readers that this is one of the best of winter sorts - a hardy tree, regular annual bearer, good-sized fruit, and high flavor: as good as Rhode Island Greening for cooking, and better for table.