[nafex] Mislabeled trees

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Sat Sep 30 09:28:30 EDT 2000

Remember that Gurney's and several other "nurseries" don't grow their own
stock - they contract out or buy from  various small growers, not all of
which are careful/scrupulous.  Because many homw growers such as yourself
either won't complain or raise any sort of fuss, they figure they can get
away with it.  It's likely to get a lot worse now, with Gurneys, Henry
Fields, Stark Bros., and more having been bought up by "My Season", which is
owned by Novartis, the giant which is doing so much genetic engineering. 
NAFEX is going to be more necessary than ever before, to insure that old,
non-genetically engineered fruits are available.
-Lon Rombough
>From: "john van hazinga" <vanhaz at gsinet.net>
>To: <nafex at egroups.com>
>Subject: [nafex] Mislabeled trees
>Date: Sat, Sep 30, 2000, 4:04 AM

>Having eaten serveral large purple plums  off 2 trees I purchased from
>Millers in May 96 I have concluded they are not the promised Green Gage.
>Perusing their catalog   Stanley and Fellemberg  are the most likely
>substitutes though I suppose a nursery as large as Millers would have
>uncataloged varieties that might end up in a surplus sale.  I suspect
>Fellemburg because it is larger than other Italian type prunes I have seen
>and a definite purple.  I don't mind the deceit for the plums pass my taste
>test  but I had some grafts take on myrolobean rootstock last spring and
>would like to dispurse them to  others.
>Likewize with a 20 deg frost predicted the night before last I picked the
>last 50 or so  peaches off a tree, also May 96, but this time from Gurneys
>labeled Reliance.  It's mate from the surplus sale  labeled Hale Haven  was
>ripe at the end of August although their catalog gives the opposit ripening
>order.  Both pass my taste test, but I have made many attempts to graft the
>supposed Reliance, but will now try  with the earlier tree.
>Earlest killing frost by about a month in the four years I have been in my
>cottage,but fall gold and autumn bliss which have just started appear to be
>OK as are my fall crop of tristar strawberries.      JVH  southern NH

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