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In the December number of the Horticulturist the opinion is expressed that there is in the extract from the Cincinnati Gazette "a mistake in regard to Hovey's Seedling bearing from the 10th March until September," on the estate of Mr. C. A Peabodt, near Columbus, Georgia. Early last summer I noticed the article referred to, as I had previously similar statements, whereupon I immediately opened a correspondence with Mr. P. on the subject, that I might become minutely acquainted with the facts, During that correspondence he sent me, as late as September, large fresh berries flattened out upon bis letters as proof that his Strawberries were still in bearing. Editorial notices of a similar character attesting the same facts in some of the most reliable journals in the States of Ohio, Indiana, South Carolina, and Georgia, have also come under my observation, and I have just seen an editoral in the Savannah News of the 2d inst. (Dec) which says: "We received yesterday from our friend Peabody, of Columbus, by Harnden's Express, a basket containing an earthern pot in which were nicely packed a cluster of Strawberry vines in full fruit, just as they were taken from the bed near Columbus on Tuesday evening last The vines are fresh with the earth and root*, and bear, beside several large luscious looking specimens of ripe fruit, many green berries ranging from the earliest stages of berryhood to the almost full-grown Hovey. Mr. Peabody informs us he has at this time half an acre of the growing fruit presenting the appearance of the basket sent" Mr. Pabody himself is the horticultural editor of the "Soil of the South," and about the first of October I had the pleasure of a personal interview with him in this city, when he was in attendance at the Crystal Palace as State Commissioner, and then, in addition to our correspondence, he gave me the most minute description of his mode of treatment, and the strongest assurance of the facta, It seems to me we shall be obliged to credit the statements of fact, however much they may transcend our knowledge or experience.
I have no doubt that Mr. Peabody and Mr. Lawrence have given us substantially the facts in reference to the constant bearing of the Strawberry with them, although I have never given an opinion, as I am aware, that even the Crescent Seedling would prolong the season north, and I could only at any time express that as a hope. I still cherish the hope that we shall yet see that variety, and also Hovey's Seedling accomplishing it Mr. Peabody says: "With my plants and directions, any common sense man may certainly have Strawberries at least six months in the year;" and he also says he has no doubt he can in New Jersey, by the same mode of cultivation, have an abundance of fine ripe Hovey's during the months of June, July, August, and September, until frost He also says: "The four great requisites for a Strawberry bed are, proper location, vegetable manure, shade to the ground, and water, water, water. The whole recret is to cultivate for fruit, and not for vine or blossom. The lowest part of the garden is the best location, and ours is on poor pine land.
No tree or plant should be near the Strawbery bed, but shade the ground with leaves and straw, and water freely to set the fruit and perfect it" He uses the Large Early Scarlet as impregnator, and further says he has " no idea that the Hovey Seedling can be taken from a luxuriant bed and be made to produce fruit longer than the common season. They must first go through the severe training which my method of culture gives them ; this took some years to check the disposition to run." In no instance does he remove the blossom, or in any way retard their fruiting, and only uses such an amount of water daily, when dry, as is easily attainable and applied.
I regret my inability - on account of my removal to this city - to carefully follow out these experiments. Will not some one do it ! R. G. Pardee, - New York.
I have seen several articles in late numbers of the Horticulturist in relation to ever-bearing Strawberries. and also doubts expressed as to the possibility of pistillate plants producing fruit without the aid of staminate ones. I will relate my experience on the subject; it may, however' contain nothing new to others.
Having neglected my Strawberry beds this fall until near the middle of October, I then pulled Hovey Seedlings, and also some yet green, and others in blossom. The berries were fair size - not large, and of course not very high flavored. I never examined my Strawberry beds at this season of the year before, and of course am unable to say whether they have before produced a second crop. I discovered neither flowers nor fruit on any other kind. I use the Large Early Scarlet for fertilizers. The berries were upon the old vines which had borne before this season. R. B. Warren. - Alabama, N. Y.
Strawberries, in common with most other fruits, do occasionally blossom a second time, and produce a second crop. Pear blossoms were quite numerous last September. Your Hovey's Seedling, producing fruit at a season when it was impossible for the berries to be fertilized with the pollen of others, goes to prove that fruits may be produced on pistillate plants without the aid of foreign pollen.