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.
Dr. Warder: Thin skin, fine for wine and table; not hardy; compact shouldered; does well in Southern Indiana, 111., and Mo. Steele, N. C; With us regarded as superior to the Catawba for wine. Added to list as promising well.
Mr. Terry, of Hartford, Ct., proposed that the Hartford Prolific be added to list for general cultivation where Isabella does not ripen well. It was discovered as an accidental seedling near Hartford, Ct. ten years since. Mr. Goodall, of Maine, says it ripens perfectly. Mr. Prince: A valuable grape, early and very productive. Mr. Saul: Drops half its berries before all are ripe. Hovey: It was condemned at Rochester in toto. I move it be added to list promising well. Mr. Terry: Berries do not drop off with us. Mr. Barry: I regard it as a prolific hardy grape in certain localities; they are not of the first quality. Mr. Todd: Makes the best growth of any of the new vines I put out at the same time; is hardy, very prolific, and early. Mr. Austin, of Ct.: With good culture the fruit hangs on. I sell more Hartford Prolific vines, than of any other sort. Mr. Hoag: Ripens 1st September; unless dead ripe the berries hang well with me. Mr. Walker: For four years I was opposed to this fruit; now think it No. 1 in New England. Mr. Wilder: We seem to be making a clean breast of the matter.
I agree with Mr. Walker: I was formerly opposed to it, now I think it a good fruit; I have not ripened an Isabella in 30 years; Concord and Hartford Prolific, both ripen well; not liable to mildew; though not first rate it is very desirable. Added to the list that promises well. Mr. James proposed the Clara, Brinckle, and Raabe.
Mr. Prince proposed Amber Catawba, the seedling of the Catawba; delicate pale pink of the same size; sweet, with a slightly musky aroma, but mild; I have grown it for twelve years.
Mr. Prince proposed the August Coral of N. C.; hardy, sweet and pleasant, reddish, medium thick skin; succeeds in Maine; equal to the early Isabella and Hyde's Eliza.
Mr. Hogg proposed the Manhattan Grape: bunches net large; amber colored like the Rebecca. A seedling of Mr. Buchanan's.
Inquiries were made about the Canadian Chief. Mr. Prince: A foreigner; white and shouldered; a seedling of the Chasselas. Mr. Hovey: Pass it to the Committee on Synonyms; grows well in a green-house; tender outside as Chasselas de Fontainebleu. Mr. Barry: Received it from Canada; said it was a hot-house grape, and was greatly censured for it; it is as tender and worthless out-doors as the Sweet Water.
The Herbemont has been long known and highly prized at the South, particularly in Georgia and Carolina; but is very little known north of Delaware, although forty miles north of New York it has done well the two past unfavorable seasons; and a vine in Newburgh, in a sheltered yard, has not failed for years of giving most abundant crops of delicious, spicy fruit, whose berries are bags of sweet wine. The Herbemont, besides giving excellent fruit, is valuable for ornamental purposes; being unequaled in vigor, and beautiful in its wood and foliage. It needs protection in winter and will not generally ripen its fruit in the open ground north of New York, except in sheltered situations. In consequence of its greater vigor it requires more room than other varieties.
This with us is one of our best grapes; perfectly hardy and a good grower, and should be generally cultivated in this neighborhood.