[NAFEX] Superior plum
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Mon Nov 17 00:34:20 EST 2008
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--- On Sun, 11/16/08, Steve <sdw12986 at aol.com> wrote:
From: Steve <sdw12986 at aol.com>
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Superior plum
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Sunday, November 16, 2008, 9:41 PM
Mark Angermayer wrote:
> Could I get some assistance? I'd like to order a Pixie Crunch apple,
> Henry Fields/Gurneys carries it. I know they're not the best nursery
> order from, but I believe Pixie Crunch has pretty tight licensing and
> forbids most nurseries from propagating it. Since Henry Fields currently
> has "buy $25, get $25 free" I was also thinking about getting a
> Trouble is they call their plum, "Hybrid Superior plum."
I'm wondering if
> this is something different than Superior plum? I wouldn't normally
> suspicious, but these companies are bad to rename stuff. Gurney's
> (basically the same company) shows a Superior plum and the picture looks a
> little different. I called Henry Fields but the lady I spoke with really
> didn't have a clue. Anybody familiar with this plum that wouldn't
> taking a look at the link and tell me if it looks like a real Superior
Hi Mark. I had a hard time locating your original post. I was seeing
replies and it took me a while to locate your original, because it was
listed under a different subject that I hadn't read yet. Do you post
here by replying to the last message you read, then change the subject?
I think my mail program files it under the original subject, even though
you changed the subject line. (Placing the NAFEX address in your address
book would make it easy to start a new thread instead continuing one
that isn't related.)
Anyway.... I'm not sure if I would buy from Henry Fields or Gurneys.
Many years ago, I bought a Northstar cherry from Gurneys. I planted it
even though it looked dried out. It never even tried to leaf out. I
called and they were very happy to send another to me... next spring.
The new one came and looked quite dead also. I got my money back for the
tree but I lost 2 years. At that point, I bought one from a "real"
nursery and it grew perfectly, as it should.
I believe I ordered from Henry Fields but I can't remember what it was,
so probably not a tree. I hear the stories about a worker trying to fill
an order and changing a tag to make life easier for him, just to get it
completed. No idea how common or rare this might be. I don't think that
is likely to happen with a dedicated fruit nursery where the owner takes
pride in his product and is right there and watching what the help does.
Pictures... When I started getting fruit... apples, plums, grapes,
whatever... I would look through catalogs and notice the pictures look
nothing like the real fruit. I remember looking at a Gurneys catalog and
realizing they just have pretty pictures mixed in with the item
descriptions. The public gets attracted to a picture, reads the
description next to it and believes that is what their fruit will look
like. There might be 6 pictures and 8 descriptions with no indication of
which goes with what. (I haven't looked at their catalog in years but I
bet it is the same.) It's a little harder to imagine that they would do
that on their web site with one picture obviously going with one
description. From what I see, I believe they are still doing that, even
on the web pages.
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