GREENHOUSE AND CONSERVATORY.
The plants that are introduced to the conservatory from the stove,
forcing-pit, or any other such structures, merely for the blooming
season, will require particular care to be taken in the application of
water that they may not become sodden and
diseased. Continue to stop,
prune, or pinch back all rambling and luxuriant shoots in due time. Stir
the surface of the bed in the conservatory, and apply fresh soil, to
maintain the plants in good health.
Azaleas, Chinese.--Supply them liberally with water at their roots
during their blooming season, and prevent damp and drip from injuring
Calceolarias.--The herbaceous sorts that have been pushed along in a
gentle heat will now be showing bloom, and will require to be grown in a
cool, airy place, to prevent the flower-stems from being too much drawn.
Keep down green fly. Shift on young stock, keeping the plants well down
in the pots as they throw out fresh rootlets from the stem. Cuttings
taken off now will root readily in a gentle bottom heat.
Camellias.--Apply shading the moment it is necessary, to protect the
Fuchsias.--Grow them steadily on in a moist, warm temperature. Use the
syringe freely. Stop any that have a tendency to be long-jointed, to
produce uniform and bushy plants.
Heaths.--Admit air liberally to them, and such other hard-wooded plants
that are now in bloom, or approaching that state.
Pelargoniums.--Shift on young plants. Any that are wanted for late
blooming should now be stopped.
Rhododendrons, Hybrid Indian.--Treat as advised for Azaleas.
STOVE AND ORCHID-HOUSE.
Continue a kindly moistness amongst the Orchids, and slightly increase
the temperature. Shade with tiffany, or close-meshed netting, in bright
sunny weather; removing it early in the afternoon. Water liberally all
that are making free growth. Repot any that may require it as soon as
they have fairly commenced their growth. Continue to give liberal shifts
to the free-growing young stock of stove plants, slightly shading for
a few hours in hot weather, shutting up early in the afternoon, and
producing a kindly humid atmosphere by damping the walls, floors, pots,
Begonias.--Repot and propagate. This is one of the most useful tribe of
plants that can be grown, both for the stove and the adornment of the
Clerodendrons.--Encourage by a moist heat.
Climbers.--Keep them neatly tied up, and give them liberal supplies of
water, if in pots.
Gardenias.--They delight in a close atmosphere; a pit with dung linings
is most congenial to them.
Gesnera zebrina.--Pot bulbs for late flowering.
Cherries.--Thin out the fruit where in large clusters; admit plenty of
air at favourable opportunities, and never allow the trees in tubs, or
pots, to become dry.
Figs.--The same as last week.
Peaches and Nectarines.--Keep the leading shoots regularly tied in, and
pinch out the points of some of the stronger ones.
Pine Apples.--It is advisable to keep all that are starting, or have
already started, into fruit, at one end of the house, or pit, that more
air may be admitted to them than to the others more advanced, to produce
a more robust growth, and to avoid the necessity of using stakes to
support the fruit. Air to be admitted freely to the succession plants at
every favourable opportunity.
Strawberries (in pots).--Where fruit are colouring, keep a rather dry
atmosphere, with a liberal supply of air, in order to secure flavour.
When the plants are in bloom, keep them near the glass, and the
atmosphere dry, with a good supply of fresh air; but avoid currents of
frosty air. Introduce succession plants under glass according to the
demand. Do not expose those from which fruit has been picked to the open
air till well hardened off. Give them the protection of a cold pit for a
time, as they are invaluable in open-air plantations.
Vines.--Where the fruit is on the change to colouring admit air on every
favourable opportunity, not forgetting to give it in the morning before
the sun shines on the house, to prevent the condensed vapour, which
would affect them injuriously, from settling on the bunches. Attend to
stopping the laterals, thinning the young shoots, tying in leaders, &c.,
in the later houses. Remove the top dressing from the outside border, to
allow the increasing power of the sun to act beneficially upon it.
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