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"Our Plums" is a very comprehensive illustrated book of plum varieties. It describes over 80 plum varieties using information collected for many years from the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada experimental growing sites in La Pocatiere (Quebec), Frelighsburg (Quebec) and Ottawa (Ontario); it also includes some information gathered from the published scientific literature. The book is a valuable reference for plum breeders, scientists interested in plum culture, growers and home gardeners. The information on hardiness and ripening dates is invaluable for those who live in colder climates and for those with shorter growing seasons. The presence of numerous images throughout the book and a good written description of all the cultivars will help in the identification of unknown plum trees. There are symbols that can help the reader to quickly determine the origin of plums (American, European, Japanese or hybrids) and help in finding cultivars that are hardy, self-fruitful, freestone or those that can be dried to make prunes. Information on over 250 plum cultivars can be obtained from Pedigree, A Genetic Resource Inventory System. This computer program was developed to trace characteristics, view images and draw pedigrees of 37 different types of horticultural fruit crops. Our Plums is the result of observations and data collected between 1900 and 2000 at three Agricultural and Agri-Food Canada research stations: the Central experimental farm in Ottawa (latitude: 45.3832, longitude: -75.7182), the La Pocatière station (latitude: 47.3624, longitude:-69.9951) and the Frelighsburg sub-station (latitude 45.0465, longitude:-72.7837), which is associated with the Horticulture Research and Development Center in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. There are presently no research stations studying plum culture or conducting plum breeding experiments in the province of Quebec.
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Book Description Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. A description of over 80 plum cultivars inlcuding more than 120 photographs of the trees, fruits, flowers, pollen and leaves. "It took four years to prepare this book using data collected during 1900-2000"--p.7, text in English and French. 28cm, 109p, ill. Seller Inventory # 001079