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(Vinifera, Labrusca)

The berries and clusters of Gaertner are large and handsomely colored,
making a very showy grape. The plant is vigorous, productive and as
hardy as any of the hybrids between Labrusca and Vinifera. In view of
these qualities, Gaertner has not received the attention it deserves,
probably because it is more capricious as to soils than some others of
its related hybrids. As a market grape, the variety has the faults of
ripening unevenly and of shipping poorly. The fruit keeps well and
this, with the desirable qualities noted, makes it an excellent grape
for the home vineyard. Gaertner is often compared with Massasoit, the
two varieties being very similar in fruit characters, but Gaertner is
of distinctly better quality than Massasoit. The variety originated
with E. S. Rogers, Salem, Massachusetts. It was first mentioned about

Vine vigorous, hardy except in severe winters, productive. Canes
long, dark reddish-brown, surface covered with thin bloom;
tendrils continuous, bifid or trifid. Leaves medium in size,
round; upper surface dark green; lower surface pale green,
pubescent. Flowers self-sterile, open late; stamens reflexed.

Fruit mid-season, matures unevenly, keeps only fairly well.
Clusters medium in size, short, cylindrical, usually with a single
shoulder but sometimes double-shouldered, loose with many abortive
fruits. Berries large, round-oval, light to dark red, glossy,
covered with bloom, persistent; skin thin, tender; flesh pale
green, juicy, fine-grained, tough, stringy, agreeably vinous; good
to very good. Seeds free, large, broad, distinctly notched, brown.

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