GREENHOUSE AND CONSERVATORY.
Some of the most hardy and woody plants may be removed from the
greenhouse to a cold pit, where they can be protected from frost. It
will make more room for the Cinerarias, Pelargoniums, and other such
Azaleas.--Such as have done
blooming to be repotted, and their fresh
growth to be gently promoted in a higher temperature for a short time.
Camellias.--Continue to keep a moist atmosphere about the plants making
wood, with a temperature of about 65 deg. by day and 55 deg. by night.
Air to be given at all opportunities, to produce sturdy, short-jointed
wood. The plants in flower to be shaded during bright sunshine.
Cinerarias.--Regular attention to be given to them, that they may not
suffer by want of water.
Climbers.--Regulate them as they grow, more particularly those in pots
which are intended to cover a wire trellis. Kennedyas, Thunbergias,
Nierembergias, Tropaeolums, and other such plants of a slender and
tender habit, delight in a soil the greater proportion being composed of
Chrysanthemums.--Strike cuttings, and pot off rooted suckers.
Heaths.--Any requiring repotting, should receive that attention without
delay, apportioning the size of the pot to the vigour of their growth;
as the free-growing kinds will require more room than the less vigorous
New Holland Plants.--As many of them are now either in flower, or
approaching that state, they will, consequently, require a larger
quantity of water,--more especially large specimens not shifted since
last season. Continue to pinch off the tops of the leading shoots, to
produce bushy plants.
Pelargoniums.--Attention to be given in tying up, watering, and
fumigating, if the green fly appears.
STOVE AND ORCHID-HOUSE.
As the soft-wooded stove plants will now be making rapid growth, the
free admission of light is necessary to prevent them from drawing; using
shade only during scorching sunshine. When a plant is shifted, give less
water to the roots; as the fresh soil, after the first watering will be
moist enough for some time. Some of the free-growing kinds of Cattleyas,
Calanthes, Phaiuses, Saccolabiums, Stanhopeas, and Zygopetalums, should
be encouraged to make kindly growth by frequent syringings about their
pots, blocks, or baskets.
Cherries.--The principal objects to be attended to are--abundance of
air, with due precaution against cold draughts, a moist atmosphere, and
the free application of the syringe. The temperature the same as last
week. Particular attention in watering to be paid to the trees in
pots,--as too much is as bad as, if not worse than, too little.
Figs.--Continue stopping the young shoots at the fourth or fifth eye.
Keep the syringe in frequent use until the fruits begin to change for
ripening. Plenty of water, and occasionally a little weak tepid liquid
manure, to be given at the roots, more especially when they are confined
in pots or tubs.
Melons.--As soon as a sufficient number of fruit blossoms for a crop
are expanded, or are likely to expand within a day or two of each other,
they should be impregnated. As prevention is better than cure, keep
the plants in a healthy-growing state by frequent syringings in fine
weather, and closing early; insects will but rarely, if ever, attack
Peaches and Nectarines.--As soon as the stoning of the fruit in the
early house is completed, give them a good watering with clear, weak
liquid manure; keep the shoots tied in regularly, and pinch off all
laterals. If the fruits in the late house are set, partially thin them;
as more dependence may now be placed on a crop than at an earlier period
of the season.
Pine Apples.--Fruiting plants will be greatly benefited by strong solar
heat, as, under its influence, evaporation will be rapid; therefore,
water must be applied to both roots and leaves. Succession plants to be
shaded during sudden bright sunshine or sunbursts; and be guided in the
application of water by the active or inactive state of the roots.
Vines.--Thinning the fruit is an operation of primary importance. The
first thinning to be performed when the berries are the size of Peas;
the second when they begin to be crowded; and the third after the
berries are stoned. A piece of strong wire, eight or ten inches long,
crooked at one end, is useful to draw the bunches backward and forward,
as the operator may require. The Vines in the late house to be tied up
as soon as they begin to break. Syringe them every fine afternoon, and
close the house early. Give air early in the morning, that the leaves
may become gradually dry before the sun acts powerfully upon them.
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