This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
Most of the Cincinnati nurserymen have sent out spurious plants for this new variety, and thus greatly chagrined multitudes in this country; but I have seen the genuine in bearing in three or four counties in our State, and in most cases it has handsomely sustained its high reputation. From my observation of it this seasen, I conclude it gives promise of being one of the best, if not the best staminate that has come under my observation.
Walker's Seedling has borne handsomely. Fruit good size; very handsome form and color, and rich flavor. It promises to be an acquisition to our staminates.
Moyamensing Pine has rather exceeded my expectations for a market fruit. It has borne well, and fair to large size; very bright color, and, like McAvoy's Extra Red, retains its color and good appearance a long time. The flavor is satisfactory as a market fruit, although not of the grade called high flavor.
Monroe Scarlet has again sustained its high reputation as a remarkably profuse bearer, fine size and flavor.
Genesee Seedling is growing in favor. It is a very handsome fruit, good flavor, vigorous, and usually a fine bearer for a staminate.
Hovey's Seedling has done nobly in various locations. My old bed, now five years old, continues to bear well, and always, since first year's failure, produces me large, fine fruit, with the largest single specimens of berries, although some few kinds excel it in the average size and productiveness. There is no fear, I opine, that Hovey's Seedling will ever be discarded by an intelligent amateur - and yet, it has nearly failed its crops this season in several fine gardens in this vicinity under very rich cultivation, while, on the contrary, I noticed in Col. Stoddard's grounds at Palmyra, a remarkably fine crop on a spot of old sterile pasture ground, that last year would scarcely bear corn, without trenching, manuring, and watering. Several other similar observations during this and the preceding years, confirm my opinion that Hovey's Seedling, as well as most other American strawberries, will bear the best crops in soils only moderately rich.
Black Prince produces its usual tolerably fair crops of handsome fruit.
Princess Alice Maud is moderately growing in favor; is early, handsome, and a fair bearer.
Large White Bicton Pine bears better crops of rich, handsome fruit, than we expected.
Cornucopia has done much better this year than last I shall try it further with care.
British Queen has borne but a small crop of fine fruit under the most careful cultivation of a skillful English gardener in Geneva. At Dr. Hull's it did decidedly better.
My other varieties have not varied essentially from notes on them in August number of the Horticulturist for 1852. I have seen, during the season, numerous seedlings of others, and raised some myself, but, as yet, am unwilling to take the responsibility of introducing any of them to the public without further trial. My next experiments are for seedlings of McAvoy's Superior, Large White Bicton Pine, and Walker's Seedling; but, of course, the result is very doubtful.
Large, but not often more than an inch in diameter; flesh, firm and juicy; flavor, excellent; not so prolific as might be expected from the name, but sufficiently so to be valuable.
Sustains its former high reputation. Highly recommended by southern culturists.