GREENHOUSE AND CONSERVATORY.
Many of the finer kinds of hard-wooded plants--such as Boronias,
Epacrises, &c.--will now be out of bloom, and will require cutting in
rather closely, to form neat bushy plants. Some of the greenhouse plants
will most probably require shifting, and should
receive that attention
now, or, at latest, by the middle of next month. Keep a sharp look out
for insects of all kinds, and also for mildew; and give the plants, if
the weather is dry, a sprinkling once or twice a-week from the syringe
or garden engine.
New Holland Plants.--If any are retained in the house, let them be
placed where they can have a sufficiency of light and fresh air, and at
the same time in a place where the sun has no power on the pots; but if
such cannot be avoided, place the pot containing the plant in another
two sizes larger, and fill the intervening space with moss.
Pelargoniums.--When out of bloom, they should be placed in the open
ground for a fortnight or three weeks to ripen the wood before they are
Scarlet Geraniums.--To prepare them for winter blooming it is advisable
to place the pots during the summer on a hard bottom out of doors and
in the full sun, and to pinch out the flower-stems as they appear. To be
carefully attended with water.
STOVE AND ORCHID-HOUSE.
Keep up a kindly humidity by frequent syringings, and keeping the
floors, paths, &c., damp. Many of the stove plants--viz., Clerodendrons,
Erythrinas, Gardenias, Ixoras, Jasmines, Liliums, Pergularias,
Stephanotises, &c.--may be removed to the conservatory, where the
flowers will attain a deeper colour and retain it for a longer period
than if they had remained in the stove.
Euphorbias.--Propagate jacquiniaeflora and fulgens, and grow them
on a successional system of culture for furnishing the conservatory and
stove throughout the autumn, winter, and spring.
Gesnera zebrina.--Keep up a succession in various stages of growth, and
place another batch of tubers in a pan.
Give particular attention to the preservation of the foliage in houses
where the fruit has been gathered, keeping the atmosphere cool and
moist; and give the trees an occasional washing with the engine, to keep
down red spider and the leaves clean and healthy.
Cherries.--When the trees are planted in the house, and the fruit has
been gathered, give all the air possible by throwing it entirely open.
Give them a good washing occasionally with the garden engine. When the
plants are in pots, it is advisable to place them on a hard bottom on
the north side of a wall or fence.
Melons.--Bottom heat is necessary for their healthy growth; without it
a check would be given that would be sure to produce a most injurious
effect on the swelling fruit. Water to be given to the plants overhead
Peaches.--Continue to maintain a moist, healthy atmosphere while the
fruit is swelling. Give air sufficiently early in the morning, to
prevent the sun scorching the foliage. Syringe and shut up early in the
Pines.--Continue to provide proper bottom and surface heat, and give
attention to airing, watering, syringing, and shifting in due time. By
such means a large amount of healthy growth may now be secured for the
fruit-swelling and succession plants. The plants swelling their fruit to
be also favoured with a high temperature, a moist atmosphere, and plenty
of water, and occasionally manure water at the root. If worm-casts
appear in any of the pots, water with lime-water in a clear state.
Vines.--As the dry atmosphere necessary for the preservation of the ripe
bunches is conducive to the increase of red spider, the sulphur must
be immediately applied as advised last week. Discontinue the use of the
syringe as soon as the succession crops begin to ripen. Check the growth
of laterals by timely pinching. Give the final thinnings to the latest
Grapes; and as they are frequently required for winter use, a good
thinning should be given, as crowded bunches and berries will not keep
late in the season.
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