A Treatise of Fruit-trees, 2nd Edition (1657)
Ralph Austen
Oxfordshire

Observations upon some part of Sr. Fran. Bacons Naturall History
the V. Century

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Experiments touching the putting back, or Retardatian of germination.

Experiment 413. To make Roses come late. First, cut them after bearing.

Observation. This may be a meanes as to some Rose-trees, such as are old: I have knowne some of long standing, perhaps a dozen, sixteen, or twenty yeares of age, and some of seaven, or eight yeares, (cut newly after bearing) have borne Roses againe, a second time, late in the yeare, being cut the next full moone, after they have done bearing; but there is a kind I have (amongst many other kinds) which naturally beares a second time, although the tree be but small and young; besides the Rose called the Monthly Rose.

Experiment 414. Secondly, Pulling off the buds of the Roses that first spring forth.

Observation. I have try'd this second way, which succeeded not, it may be, because the trees were young; but one affirmed he pluckt off some Buds in the spring, and the tree bore Roses in November.

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Experiment 570. Whites are more inodorate (for the most part) then Flowers of the same kind Coloured: etc.

Observation. I conceive this Experiment was not thoroughly weighed, and try'd: for to my Observation white Flowers, have (generally) as much smell, as those Coloured: to instance in the white Rose, the ordinary kind, and the White Musk Rose, I suppose they have as much smell (especially the Musk Rose) as Red Roses, or Provosts, or Velvet, or Marble, and some other coloured kinds yea and more too:

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Experiment 579. There be fruits, (but rarely,) that come twice a yeare, As some Pears, strawberries &c. And it seemeth they are such, as abound with Nourishment; Whereby after one Period, before the Sunne waxeth too weak, they can endure another. The Violets also, amongst Flowers, commeth twice a Yeare; Especially the Double White; And that also is a Plant full of Moisture. Roses beare twice, but it is not without Cutting.

Observation. The Winsor Peare-tree does blossom and bear fruits twice in the yeare, some yeares: but the second bearing I could never see worth the gathering, for they are poore, small, hard fruits, not worth any thing.

I have seen Cherries twice in the year upon one and the same tree, An early Flanders, which I set upon a very warme southwall, bore ripe Cherries about the twenteth of May, And the same tree bore a couple of ripe Cherries afterwards, the one about the sixth of October, the other a fortnight after.

Strawberries ordinarily beare twice a yeare, though but few the second time. As for Rose-trees, some damask Roses, and some Provosts beare a second time, the same yeare, though but few, if cut soone after the first bearing in the full Moone. But besides there is a Rose-tree, called the Monthly Rose, which beares Roses untill the coldness of the winter stop it, about November.

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