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Excerpt from The Strawberry, and Its Culture: With a Descriptive Catalogue of All Known Varieties
An annually increasing interest is felt in this country in the cultivation of strawberries. Every year brings with it new varieties, and a better knowledge of old kinds, new methods, and a clearer insight into the merits and defects of those heretofore practised. The old days when the Wood strawberry, the Early Virginia, and one or two now forgotten kinds supplied the market, and when a man who picked fifty boxes a day was held to be a large strawberry grower, are past and gone. We have now scores of varieties for each one of the old kinds, and single commission houses sell sometimes twelve thousand boxes a day.
The magnificent success of Hovey in producing his Seedling stimulated many other horticulturists to experiment, and has led to the production of countless kinds, many of them of high rank. The war of words that was caused by the production of Hovey's Seedling has been succeeded by peace, or by a calm, and it has led to much good; for those who fought so bitterly with tongue and pen have attempted to work out their theories in the garden, and in so doing have produced new and most valuable kinds of strawberries.
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