This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mr. Bassett, Hammonton, N. J., says:
"I planted a few of these in the spring of 79 and they all killed to the ground the following winter, while in situations but little more sheltered, gladiolus, dahlias and even tuberoses and Madeira vines went through sound. The soil was quite sandy and might have been unfavorable to the proper ripening of the wood, but the canes always seem to be of a soft spongy texture and a few berries which were produced on the new wood were dry and tasteless compared to some other black-caps. I consider Seneca Black the best flavored berry of the family and it is hardy and a strong grower, but no prominent nurseryman has tried to push it, and consequently it has almost dropped out of notice."
[It would be well worth while inquiring why these plants had so low a vital power as was experienced here. That the black-cap raspberry should be "tender" any where in the United States can only come from the wood having been weakened by some local cause. We should certainly look after some fungoid or minute insect parasite in connection with such a result. - Ed. G. M.]