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.
THE following is an extract from a letter, dated July 25th, from Dr. John H. Bayne,*of Washington City, who grows Strawberries very extensively for market. We should be glad to have a list of such other kinds as he grows, with an estimate of their value for market. All our readers, indeed, who raise Strawberries for market, would be doing a good service by sending us the names of the two or three kinds which they have found most profitable. Dr. Bayne remarks as follows:
"I have had a very fine and abundant crop of Strawberries the past season. The most profitable variety has been the Jenny Lind. I had them very early, and in large quantities, in market in advance of every body else. I ought to have made several hundred dollars every morning from the sale of them, and, but for the times, should have done so. However, I can not complain; I succeeded much better than I expected.
"Jenny Lind is the most reliable early variety I have ever cultivated. 1 shall cultivate it almost exclusively for an early crop. It is very beautiful in color, very early and tolerably productive, good size and flavor. 1 shall cultivate Jenny Lind and Prince's Magnate very extensively. They embrace every quality necessary to render them profitable for market, and if I were confined to two varieties, with my experience, I would unhesitatingly prefer these two. The Magnate is very large, productive, and fine in color. I have fully tested the merits of Wilson's Albany; it is quite large in size, and the most profuse bearer I ever saw. Notwithstanding its great productiveness, I shall not cultivate it to any great extent It is exceedingly acid, and defective in the Strawberry aroma. It over-bears, and, 1 think, in dry seasons, will only ma-ture a small portion of its fruit of good size. I have not seen any variety which continues to afford such a succession of large berries as Prince's Magnate".