The Book of Gardening; A Handbook of Horticulture

The Book of Gardening; A Handbook of Horticulture

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...soil, and thoroughly cleanse them from all decayed matter. Repot rather firmly in a compost of two-thirds good fibrous loam and one-third of equal parts cow-manure and leaf-mould, with a small quantity of sharp sand. It is a good plan to mix the loam and cow-manure in layers in a goodsized heap six months before it is required for use. Insert the bulbs about two-thirds of their depth in the soil and plunge the pots in old tan or leaf-mould, with a gentle bottom-heat, and a night temperature in the atmosphere of 55deg. to 6odeg. Water sparingly until growth commences and the flower-stems and foliage appear, and then apply moisture more freely. After the flowering season, when growth is completed, gradually withhold water, and give the bulbs a period of rest. Where bottom-heat is not available, it is advisable to prevent the bulbs from rotting, to repot soon after flowering. Remove only a portion of the old soil, and stand the pots on shelves or stages, and when the flower-stems show, water with weak liquid manure. Propagate by offsets from the old bulbs or by seeds sown in March in gentle heat. The seedlings, with careful treatment, flower in three years from time of sowing. The following selection are excellent for shape and substance, and contains a nice variety of colours: Beethoven, light orange, with white veins; Conqueror, bright crimson-scarlet, very large; Eclipse, white, striped with crimson-scarlet; Eldorado, orangescarlet, with darker veins; Empress of India, scarlet, with white rays; Figaro, crimson, with small grey eye; Meteor, white, striped with reddish-crimson; Southey, scarlet, with while anct green rays; The Vigil, white, with red markings. Amasonia.--Dwarf shrubs frcm Tropical America, well deserving of cultivation. A. calycina...
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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 22mm | 767g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236493257
  • 9781236493255