This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
When a number of years ago the Gardener's Monthly first called attention to the great advantage of growing strawberry plants by layering them in small pots, it was thought to be an absurd notion, as the price must necessarily be much enhanced when small pots are used.
At this juncture, B. L. Ryder, the inventive genius who gave us the first grafting machine, the American fruit dryer and other things, came in with a cheap chip box, to be used instead of a pot, and which would be no object if never used again, and, being square, enabled the plants grown in them to be packed easily for transportation.
Our idea of potting seemed ahead of the times, and so Mr. Ryder's excellent cheap little boxes were not called for. At length people have awakened to the vast advantage of these plants, and Mr. Ryder comes conveniently on hand with his cheap chip boxes, as the reader can gather from the following card:
"We send with this mail one of our boxgrowing strawberry plants as a sample. Wish you could find time to examine it and to compare with a pot-grown strawberry plant. We are anxious to have a fair and disinterested report on what we deem an important improvement on the method of growing plants over the pot system, especially for transportation. You will notice the difference in the root-growth and those in pots".
We can only add, if we have not already made this clear that we heartily endorse the boxes referred to.