House Plants, Their Care and Culture

House Plants, Their Care and Culture

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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. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...of flowering the blooms become small, this is a signal to decrease the water gradually and let the bulb have a rest. The bulbs should be kept free from frost, packed in sand, or they may be stored in a cool cellar in pots. Water the plant just enough to keep the bulb plump. Should it have a shriveled appearance on removing from storage, pack for several days in moist moss. The gloxinia may be propagated from seed in the same manner recommended for the propagation of the begonia, with the exception of placing damp moss over the surface of the soil until the seeds germinate. They are extremely small and should be handled with great care. For general home culture it is Fig. 58.--The Gloxinia A, leaf cutting; B, four weeks later. best to secure a well-developed bulb from the florist. Leaf cuttings are common; they root quickly in clean sand and will in two seasons develop into very desirable plants. Break off the leaf at the main stem and plant the leaf stem and half the leaf in sand, firmly fitting it into position (Fig. 58). After four weeks place in a small pot, and put in a warm shady place to develop. The foliage is thick and covered with a velvet coat. Never sprinkle it with water and always protect it from dust. Care should be exercised in handling the plant, as it is weak at the surface of the pot, and there is danger of its breaking at this point if handled roughly. The leaves are also brittle and should never be bent, the foliage being most desirable for the brilliant bloom. There are many varieties on the market, the bulbs usually ready for shipment in the fall. The following are very satisfactory and beautiful: Waterloo--deep purple. Meteor--carmine, edged white. Graf Zeppelin--carmine fringed. Nixe--white, bordered blue. more

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  • English
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