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Geneva








(Vinifera, Labrusca)

Geneva is surpassed by so many other grapes of its season in quality
that it has never become popular, although it has much to recommend
it. The vine is vigorous and productive, although not quite hardy, and
the berries and clusters are attractive; the fruit is nearly
transparent and there is so little bloom that the grapes are a
lustrous green or iridescent in sunlight; the berries cling well to
the stem and the fruit keeps exceptionally well. Geneva originated
with Jacob Moore, Brighton, New York, from seed planted in 1874 from a
hybrid vine fertilized by Iona.

Vine vigorous, healthy, productive. Canes covered with thin bloom;
tendrils intermittent or continuous, bifid or trifid. Leaves
medium in size; upper surface light green, dull; lower surface
grayish-white, pubescent; lobes three to five, acute; petiolar
sinus, shallow, wide; teeth shallow, narrow. Flowers self-sterile
or partly fertile, open late; stamens upright.

Fruit mid-season, ships well and keeps into the winter. Clusters
large, blunt at the ends, usually not shouldered, with many
abortive fruits; pedicel long, slender, smooth; brush long, green.
Berries large, oval, dull green changing to a faint yellow with
thin bloom; skin thick, tough, unpigmented; flesh pale green,
tender, soft, vinous, sweet at skin but tart at center; fair to
good. Seeds of medium size and length.





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