A Practical Guide to Garden Plants; Containing Descriptions of the Hardiest and Most Beautiful Annuals and Biennials, Hardy Herbaceous and Bulbous P

A Practical Guide to Garden Plants; Containing Descriptions of the Hardiest and Most Beautiful Annuals and Biennials, Hardy Herbaceous and Bulbous P

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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. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...flowers exactly conforming to these ideals in every detail, but they represent what florists are aiming at. The results of their labours may bo seen at the exhibitions held annually about April, but to attain like results special care and treatment in cold frames are necessary. So that the beginner may not be disappointed if he undertakes the cultivation of the ' Show' or 'Edged' Aiiricula, it may be as well to mention that when raised from seeds only about one plant out of every hundred will be worth growing, the others having reverted more or less to the natural state, although the seeds may have been obtained from the very finest varieties. Choice forms therefore are only kept true when increased by dividing the plants or taking the offsets, and putting them in good soil in close cool frames shaded from the sun. For outdoor gardening the Alpine Auriculas are the more free and vigorous growing, but a packet of seeds of the Show varieties will yield excellent plants with a great range of variation. Culture and Propagation.--Auriculas flourish in light loamy well, drained soil with plenty of leaf mould. They like plenty of moisture at the root during growth, and in hot dry seasons a little covering of well-rotted manure or coco-nut fibre will keep the soil nice and cool, and prevent excessive evaporation. Auriculas arc easily increased by sowing seeds in February or March in gentle heat or in cold frames. Pots or pans may be used with sandy loam, well drained by crocks or pieces of charcoal. The seeds should be sown about 1 in. apart; they germinate slowly, but when 4-6 leaves are made the seedlings may be transferred singly to small pots. Do not throw away the weaker plants, as very often they become vigorous after transplanting and have...show more

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  • Paperback | 824 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 41mm | 1,442g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236559150
  • 9781236559159