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Fruit And Overflow

Categories: Fruit Growing

I have 16 acres of rich bottom-land that overflows and is under water

from 24 to 48 hours. I would like to set the ground to fruit trees,

either prunes, pears, apricots, or peaches. Would it be safe to set them

on such land?

Fruit trees will endure overflowing, providing the water does not

exclude the air too long and providing the soil is free enough so that

the soil does not remain full of water after the surface flow

disappears. If the soil does not naturally drain itself and the water is

forced to escape by surface evaporation, probably the situation is not

satisfactory for any kind of fruit trees. Overflow is more likely to be

dangerous to fruit trees during the growing season than during the

dormant season, and yet on well-drained soil even a small overflow may

not be injurious on a free soil, if not continued too long. Prunes on

plum root, and pears will endure wet soil better than apricots or