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.
"I have thought that to those who, like myself, are much interested in orchard-houses, a little interchange of experience in that department might be profitable. I give them mine, for the present season, in Strawberries. The plants were potted very late, were housed all the winter without water, looked rather bad early in spring, but, upon being watered, dead leaves picked off, etc, began to grow vigorously. Drainage-water was given frequently. They blossomed, and are bearing abundantly. My first ripe Strawberry was picked June 2, eleven days before the first in the open ground, also watered with same water. A few days later I gathered a small dish. On June 9,1 weighed what I gathered; the weight was seven ounces. As regards kinds, Sir Harry is unquestionably, with me, the greatest bearer and finest fruit. I have found all that I have weighed to be a full half-ounce. Kitley's Goliah and Alice Maude are also doing well. I think I counted 22 Sir Harrys in a 32 pot; the average, perhaps, is 16' in a pot, and all gave promise of coming to perfection. I have been surprised to find that, on the average, small pots have produced the most fruit. Some 4-inch pots, 48 size, have borne capitally, the roots of the plants going well through into the border.
My experience would say, 32 size is the best. I find, moreover, that the pots standing on the border, amidst the Peaches, bear earlier and better than those on a raised shelf under the front plate of the house. This is the case as regards earliness, even where the front is entirely of glass, as comparison with a friend's house has proved." - lota.
Mulberries have also been introduced into orchard-houses; in fact, the list of fruits is increasing rapidly.