RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 1862. Cross-breeds of strawberries. Journal of Horticulture and Cottage Gardener 3 (25 November): 672.

REVISION HISTORY: Scanned, OCRed, corrected and edited by John van Wyhe 2003-8. RN2

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WILL any of your correspondents who have attended to the history of the Strawberry, kindly inform me whether any of the kinds now, or formerly, cultivated have been raised from a cross between any of the Woods or Alpines with the Scarlets, Pines, and Chilis? Also, whether any one has succeeded in getting any good from a cross between the Hautbois and any other kind? I am aware that Mr. Williams,1 of Pitmaston, succeeded in getting some sterile hybrids from the Hautbois and Woods; but whether these were ever at all largely propagated, I cannot find out. I am, also, aware that Mr. Knight and Mr. Williams raised many seedlings by crossing Scarlets, Pines, and Chilis; but what I want to know is, whether any one has crossed these three latter kinds with the Wood or Alpine. I should feel greatly indebted to any one who would take the trouble to inform me on this head.2—C. DARWIN, Down, Bromley, Kent.

1 John Williams (1773-1853), Worcester nurseryman noted for his apple and pear varieties. His observations are given in Knight 1824, p. 294. Darwin cited this in Variation 1: 352. See Correspondence vol. 10, p. 559.

2 Three replies appeared in the Journal of Horticulture: 9 December 1862, p. 721; 30 December 1862, p. 779; 20 January 1863, pp. 45-6.

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