American Agriculturist Volume 35
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ...never had a melon in a globe, such as ' G. T." mentions, but this is no more wonderful than a cucumber iu a bottle, such as is shown in the engraving, and this also shows how the trick is done, not only with the cucumber, but with our young friend's melon. The cucumber, melon, apple, or whatever may be the fruit, is passed into the bottle or globe, and when once there, it has nothing to do but grow, as its food is carried to it by the stem to which it remains fustencd. Iudeed the cucumber or melon would no doubt grow more rapidly within the bottle than without; in England they grow cucumbers under glass in hot-beds or greenhouses almost entirely--and it used to be a trick of the gardeners, in order to get long, straight and tender cucumbers, to slip a large glass tube, open at both ends, over the growing fruit. This experiment with the cucumber is one that any boy can try, if he wishes; it will bo well to pick off all the other cucumbers from that branch of the vine, and leave only the one in the bottle; of course the stem beyond this particular cucumber must be nipped off, but outside of the bottle as many leaves as possible should be kept on. When the cucumber fills the bottle it should be cut from the stem, else it will burst the bottle. Some years ago we saw a common 8-sided ink-bottle into which a young apple had been thrust; the apple filled the bottle, then broke a hole in its side, through which a part of the fruit grew in a curious and mis-shapen mass. Of course such fruits will decay if not preserved. The bottle may be filled with alcohol, or strong brine, made with as much salt as the water-will dissolve. In either case, if the fruit nearly fills the bottle, the alcohol or brine, after three or four days, should be poured...
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- 13 Sep 2013
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