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A Dramatic Saga Of Suspense with many color illustrations. The fascinating and touching firsthand account of one of the most miraculous rescues from almost certain extinction ever achieved in the field of world horticulture. Growing Medjools is incredibly labor intensive. Medjool date palm trees require ten to fifteen years to mature to maximum production. Thoughtful, careful and precise nurturing is demanded at every step along the way. Few are aware of the astonishing degree of human labor necessary to realize a successful crop of this very unusual and delectable fruit. Dedicated workers ascend into the treetops numerous times during each growing season to perform these difficult tasks: pruning, de-thorning, pollinating, fruit cluster thinning, fruit arm training, individual fruit bunch bagging to protect from birds, insects and weather and, finally, harvesting. The thinning process alone is exceedingly time consuming. Working at top speed, one man can thin only six palm trees a day. There are numerous other necessary jobs below the spreading palms such as irrigating, field leveling, tilling, fertilizing, equipment manufacture and repair and even the trapping of root-eating rodents. This book details everything about the date including how to grow it...along with names of most of the current growers/retailers.
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The "Amazing" element in this comprehensive book is the fact that it took a U.S. horticulturist to save the date from almost certain extinction. Then, an additionally fascinating tale included in the book details how an old Native American and his wife nurtured date tree "offshoots" for years until the species was assured a permanent place in our world of exotic plants. The couple's "story within a story" is so poignant, it almost brings tears to the eyes of a reader. The little snippet story proves that much like mystery and romance books, there can be an element of deep drama in many of life's seemingly ordinary events.From the Back Cover:
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A Dramatic Saga Of Suspense
Read the gripping firsthand account of one of the most miraculous rescues from almost certain extinction ever achieved in the field of world horticulture. Learn the compelling and comprehensive story of the extraordinary investment of human effort, natural resources, perseverance and dedication required to propagate a Medjool palm grove and produce a successful crop of this delectable gourmet delicacy.
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Book Description Marc Paulsen Press, 2008. Condition: New. Marc E. Paulsen (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0977473724