The cherry was one of the first fruits cultivated by the early settlers. It was brought with them from the eastern states and the historic cherry pie added to the luxuries of the new home. The plantings were made to supply the home demand and it has only been in recent years that it has been planted essentially for commercial purposes. South of the 42 degree of latitude little difficulty was experienced in growing the varieties of cherries brought from the east, but north of this their cultivation was uncertain and the test winters destroyed many of the trees. Attempts were made to secure hardier varieties. Seedlings were grown and the use of hardier stocks for propagating the cherry was attempted.
Price, H. C. and Little, E. E.
"Cherries and cherry growing in Iowa.,"
Bulletin: Vol. 7
, Article 1.
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