Transactions of the Horticultural Society of London 5: 247-248 (1824)
XXIX. On the Cultivation of the Alpine Strawberry. In a Letter to the Secretary.
By
JOHN WILLIAMS, Esq. C.M.H.S.
Read September 3, 1822.

Dear Sir,

The practice of raising the Alpine Strawberry from seed annually, appears to me so far inferior to the cultivation of it by runners, that I send you a short account of my method. The fruit of plants raised from seed comes in very well as a late autumn crop, but is certainly inferior in flavour to that produced from transplanted runners.

I possess two seminal varieties, which are rather larger and sweeter than Alpine Strawberries in general, from these I take runners in August or September, and plant a bed near to the garden pump or pond. By the following spring the bed will be well stocked with plants, and early in the month of May, when they are in full flower, I cut away all the blossoms, preserving the leaves uninjured, this is again repeated at the end of the month. Towards the middle or end of June more blossoms appear, and the plants afford flowers and fruit, all the latter part of the summer, and till cut off by the autumnal frosts. If the first blossoms were not removed, the principal crop of Alpines would be ripe at the time the larger Strawberries are in season, and consequently of little worth; but by this mode of culture, they come into bearing in the latter part of the summer, just at the time the other kinds are over.

I am, dear Sir,
Yours very truly,
John Williams.