GREENHOUSE AND CONSERVATORY.
During continued frosty weather fires must be kept up in these houses,
and then particular attention must be given to the New Holland plants,
Heaths, and such like, which are impatient of heat, that they do not
suffer from want of
water. Be sure that the ball is thoroughly moistened
at least once a-week.
PITS AND FRAMES.
Amongst climbers, Calampelises, Coboeas, Lophospermums, Maurandyas,
Rodochitons, and Tropaeolums, deserve attention at this time, increasing
them by cuttings or by seeds. Some annuals are also worthy of attention,
such as Brachycomas, Phloxes, Portulaccas, Schizanthuses, with others
which may all be forwarded in heat. Whoever has not yet attended to the
propagation of plants for bedding out, should now begin, without further
delay, to put in cuttings of Fuchsias, Verbenas, Heliotropes, Petunias,
Salvias, Scarlet Geraniums, &c., to have good plants in May and June.
All straggling and weak shoots to be topped back to form robust, bushy
STOVE AND ORCHID-HOUSE.
Some of the stove plants that have done blooming should be cut back,
such as the Eranthemum pulchellum, Euphorbia jacquiniaeflora,
Geissomeria longiflora, Gesnera lateritia, Justicias, Linum
trigynum, Poinsettia pulcherrima, and others. A bottom heat will be
necessary when they are repotted, which may be done in about three weeks
or a month. Such of the most forward plants, as they require shifting,
to be attended to. The condition or fitness for this must, in a great
measure, be determined by the progress the shoots and roots have made.
Continue to introduce plants of Azaleas, Hyacinths, Heliotropes,
Hydrangeas, Kalmias, Sedums, Lilacs, Narcissus, Pelargoniums, Pinks,
Rhododendrons, and Roses in varieties. A batch of last year's young
Fuchsias, Erythrinas, and Salvia patens, to be shaken out, repotted,
and placed in bottom heat. Sow Balsams, Cockscombs, Globe Amaranths, &c.
Cucumbers.--Attend as previously advised to thinning and stopping, set
the fruit blossom when open, keep the inside of the frames watered with
warm water, and apply some occasionally to the roots. Water overhead on
fine days, shutting up with 75 deg. or 80 deg. of heat.
Cherries.--They will be benefited by frequent syringings at all times
except when in bloom. Air to be given on all favourable occasions,
shutting up with as much solar heat as possible. Keep down the green fly
and look well after caterpillars.
Figs.--Maintain a kindly humidity, but do not syringe overhead, except
on very fine days, as too much moisture is apt to cause the fruit to
drop off or to turn yellow.
Peaches.--Tie in the forwardest shoots in the early-house as they
advance; gradually disbud and thin out all the shoots that are not
wanted; thin the fruit but not too much at once, and, with water of the
temperature of the house, syringe the trees that have set their fruit.
Remove large shoots cautiously, and reserve, in tying and disbudding,
merely sufficient wood for next spring.
Pines.--The atmospheric heat to be gradually increased in the
fruiting-house, and the plants to be frequently syringed, taking care
that no water is allowed to lodge in the hearts of the plants. The
plants swelling their fruit to be watered occasionally with clean soot
water, air to be admitted on every favourable opportunity, but cold
draughts to be avoided. A good heat to be kept up in succession-pits
worked with linings.
Strawberries.--To be placed near the glass with plenty of air, and in
favourable weather to be liberally supplied with warm manure water, and
the surface of the pots to be frequently stirred.
Vines.--As soon as the first swelling is completed, and the stoning
process commences, allow a little more liberty to the laterals to induce
a corresponding increase of root action. All shoots to be properly
trained up; but none to be allowed to touch the glass. All small bunches
to be removed when in flower. When the fruit is set, the heat by day may
be allowed to rise from 70 deg. to 80 deg.. See to the border coverings,
if out-doors, as also border waterings, if in-doors. Be careful when
admitting air to the early Vines, to avoid cold currents and changes,
for in the space of an hour we have sometimes strong sunshine, sleet
or snow, and cutting winds. Vines in pots to be supplied with plenty of
manure water in all stages of growth, but especially when swelling off
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