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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73

Early Maturity, Great Growth, and an Abundant Fruitage;

Early Maturity, Great Growth, and an Abundant Fruitage;

And would be specially suitable for the cultivation of the grape, peach, [unclear: apri] prune plum. I think similar conditions will be found as are noticed in fruitgrowing countries—that is, variations of temperature conditions with[unclear: in] page 7 limits, and varieties must be chosen with reference to adaptation to local environments. The fitness or unfitness of a region for the growth of certain kinds of fruit depends more upon temperature and season than the mean annual temperature, as this is so often regulated or governed by local conditions. It is apparent, then, that the selection of localities for orchards must be made with a knowledge of the special conditions governing the distribution of temperature and other natural agencies contributing to the development of the various fruits to be grown. All things considered, Central Otago possesses certain conditions favourable to fruit production. Its adaptability to the growth of trees and perfection of fruit is owing to the possession of these certain conditions in moderation. Therefore wherever water can be procured for the purpose of irrigation, with good cultivation, good fruit of their several kinds can be grown in the valleys, on the plains, and at the foot of the hills of the mountain ranges. Thus good fruit can be grown in those places best suited to each particular kind. For instance, at the bottom of the foot-hills the prune plum can be grown; a little higher up, the grape, apricot, and nectarine; ana still higher up, the pear and apple. At Conroy's Gully