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(Labrusca, Vinifera)

The vine of Lady is much like that of Concord, its parent, although
not quite so vigorous nor productive, but ripens its fruit fully two
weeks earlier. The fruit is much superior to that of Concord in
quality, being richer, sweeter and less foxy. The grapes hang on the
vines well but deteriorate rapidly after picking. The term,
"ironclad," used by grape-growers to express hardiness and freedom
from disease, is probably as applicable to Lady as to any other of the
Labrusca grapes. The foliage is dense and of a deep glossy green,
neither scalding under a hot sun nor freezing until heavy frosts,
making it an attractive ornament in the garden. Lady is deservedly
popular as a grape for the amateur and should be planted for near-by
markets. It succeeds wherever Concord is grown, and because of its
early ripening is especially adapted to northern latitudes where
Concord does not always mature. Although the fruit ripens early, the
buds start late, often escaping late spring frosts. When Lady was
first heard of, it was in the hands of a Mr. Imlay, Muskingum County,
Ohio. George W. Campbell, Delaware, Ohio, introduced it in 1874.

Vine vigorous, hardy, medium in productiveness, healthy. Canes
short, slender, dark reddish-brown; nodes flattened; internodes
short; tendrils intermittent, bifid or trifid. Leaves medium in
size; upper surface light green, glossy, rugose; lower surface
pale green, pubescent; lobes one to five with terminal one
acuminate; petiolar sinus shallow, wide; lateral sinus variable in
depth and width; teeth shallow. Flowers self-fertile, open in
mid-season; stamens upright.

Fruit early, does not keep well. Clusters small, short, slender,
cylindrical, sometimes single-shouldered, compact; pedicel thick,
smooth; brush slender, long, greenish-white. Berries large, round,
light green, often with a tinge of yellow, glossy with thin bloom,
persistent, firm; skin covered with small, scattering, dark dots,
thin, tender, adherent, astringent; flesh greenish-white,
translucent, juicy, tender, aromatic; very good. Seeds free, few,
broad, light brown.

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