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Tesche cultivar

Average nut quality of test trees.

# Nuts / lb. % Kernel Kernel quality breakdown Specific gravity
   % Fancy % Standard % Amber   
57 44% 4% 29% 11% .70


Also known as Frotscher No. 2, Duplicate Frotscher, Fake Frotscher, Spurious Frotscher (as if the real 'Frotscher' wasn't bad enough). Apparently 'Tesche' is around today because it was mixed in with some graftwood of 'Frotscher' when it was disseminated in 1885 (Sparks, 1992), proving once again that sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.


*Note: This is an older cultivar planted in the Old Variety Test at the Tifton Campus. Trees were planted decades ago when care was very different than it is now, and trees received much less care, so production data will reflect this fact. Trees began receiving insecticides in 1962, fungicides in 1970, nitrogen in 1962, and drip irrigation in 1975. The data for this cultivar was collected by several individuals, but the bulk of the data and the comments are from my predecessor Dr. Ray Worley. This information was originally published here: Worley and Mullinix, 1997.

Production record of test trees beginning in year planted

'Tesche' production from the Old Variety Test. Each colored line represents the yearly production in pounds of nuts from an individual tree beginning the year planted.

Alternate Bearing Intensity* = 0.44

*Computed from mature trees using data from years after trees began receiving fertilizer and pesticide sprays.