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.
A correspondent of the Gardeners' Monthly, writing from Illinois, says that he has found much benefit by pinching back the canes of raspberry and blackberry plants in July, and enumerates them thus: 1st. Increases the size and self-supporting capacity of the main canes. 2d. Increases the number of side branches, and consequently the quantity of fruit.
Stem 20-40 and sometimes 60 feet or more in length. Leaves 4-8 inches long, often pal-mately lobed with rounded sinuses - the younger ones with a loose cobweb-like russet pubescence beneath, which becomes coarser and more hirsute with age, and sometimes nearly disappears. Berries globose, small, (generally about one-fourth of an inch in diameter,) deep blue or bluish black when mature, and cover-ered with a fine glaucous powder - the skin thinnish, and the flavor (especially after a little frost) a sprightly agreeable acid.
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George O. Barnes, Esq., of Stanford, Ky., will please accept our thanks for seeds of the Surda Melon. He writes us that he "brought these seeds from Afghanistan, India, and that they are grown in the elevated region about Cabul, and brought down in hampers upon camels to the plains of India, where they are esteemed as a great delicacy, and far superior to the cantaloupe and nutmeg." Mr. Barnes says he has a "fe w more seeds to distribute among careful amateurs in different latitudes." We suggest that he send a few to Charles Downing, Newburg, N. Y.; John M. Ives, Salem, Mass.; Peter Henderson, New York; Robert Buchanan, Cincinnati; Prof. I. P. Kirtland, Cleveland, O.; Dr. L. D. Morse, St. Louis, Mo.; J. D. G. Nelson, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Charles Bragdon, Chicago, Ill.
Mr. Fuller says, in his notes on Small Fruits for 1870, " it is a dwarf-growing variety, resembling the Pearl, a native red raspberry, cultivated to some extent by small fruit growers in the vicinity of Philadelphia. It is one of the very best of our native sorts, and by keeping the plants well mulched in summer, they will continue in fruit for at least two month3. Like all our native red raspberries, it produces a great many suckers, but the canes are perfectly hardy, and generally quite productive".