For the sake of argument.....LOL, getting to know me yet, Ross?
I'll back the strawberry.
Unaided by a gardener, the strawberry will hug the ground, and when
winter snows cover it, the raspberry will fall victim to herbavores
looking for anything to eat.(As anyone who has tried to cultivate them
in deer country can attest.)
Then comes a wet spring, and the raspberry is infected with one of the
plethora of fungus infections that they're prone to, lets say powdery
mildew. The strawberry is realitively resistant to these infections, so
now our severly pruned raspberry has defoliated, and the strawberry
continues to grow and bloom.
Ross Koning wrote:
> At 11:27 AM -0400 7/14/99, Anthea wrote:
> >Which would win in a fight, a raspberry or a strawberry?
>> An imaginative question. I will make my
> less-than-imaginative reply...
>> Both species are rambling (strawberry stolons
> vs raspberry tip-layers or root sprouts depending
> on type), but the raspberries cover a surface
> much faster because their spread is larger with
> each "hop." The raspberry canes are taller and
> would easily shade out the slower-spreading and
> low-growing strawberry. The strawberry has no
> offense and its defense is poor. However my
> guess is that given some help from a gardener,
> the two species could coexist in a garden with
> very little fighting.
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