GREENHOUSE AND CONSERVATORY.
Achimenes.--They delight in a steady, moist heat; to be shaded in the
middle of hot days, to prevent the sun from scorching the foliage; and
never to be watered overhead.
Cacti.--Remove them to a dry, airy place as soon as they
Cockscombs.--They can be grown with strong, short stems, and very large
heads, if they are allowed to remain in small pots until the flowers are
formed, then potted in large pots in a compost of one-half rich loam,
one-fourth leaf mould, and one-fourth sand, and supplied with as much
liquid manure and moist heat as possible.
Fuchsias.--As the plants progress in growth give them plenty of air
and moisture, occasionally moistening the paths, walls, and stages with
clear manure water, and syringe the plants both morning and evening
Globe Amaranthus.--To be potted into 48-sized pots, in which they will
flower in a soil composed of peat, loam, and leaf mould, or rotten dung.
They should be allowed to stand near the glass, and be subjected to a
moist heat of not less than 75 deg..
Heaths.--If mildew appears, dust them with flowers of sulphur. When
watering, give them a good soaking, so that every part of the ball
is thoroughly wet, and then withhold further supply until it is again
Japan Lilies.--As they are succulent in growth, keep them well and
liberally supplied with water. The flower-stems to be properly sticked,
so as to keep them in due bounds, and also to assist in presenting a
large mass of flowers to the eye at once.
Pelargoniums.--If the plants have been exposed to the open air, as
advised in a previous calendar, they will now be fit to cut down. After
the plants are cut down, place them in a shady place until the most
forward young shoots are one inch long; then shake them out, and repot
into small pots, using sandy loam and peat only, and placing them in
a close, cold frame until they begin to grow again; after which freely
expose them to the weather until heavy rains in autumn, or the approach
of frost, renders it necessary to house them for the winter.
STOVE AND ORCHID-HOUSE.
Cleanliness is indispensable amongst the Orchids, use a sponge to remove
filth from the leaves. See that no plants are neglected in standing in
corners or behind large plants; arrange and re-arrange frequently, as
it tends both to promote the healthy growth of the plants and a pleasing
variety in the house.
Cucumbers.--Although bright hot weather may prevail, it is advisable to
keep up a brisk, regular bottom as well as top heat. Strike cuttings of
choice sorts for winter bearing.
Melons.--The same as advised for Cucumbers, as they both delight in
plenty of heat to keep them healthy and in regular bearing. Give them
good soakings of weak manure water occasionally, and shut up early
on all fine days, sprinkling the sides of the pits or frames, and the
plants at times overhead. When watering the plants never allow any to
fall on the main stem. If gum, or canker, appears, apply lime to the
parts affected. Old plants cut back should be stimulated to grow freely.
Peaches.--Any tendency to premature decay in the leaves of those
from which the fruit has been all gathered to be arrested by liberal
waterings at the roots and by syringings.
Pines.--Keep up the temperature from 90 deg. to 95 deg. by day and from
70 deg. to 75 deg. by night, with plenty of moisture among the growing
plants and swelling fruit. Shift the successions as the roots fill the
Vines.--Uncover the house, or give all the air possible night and day as
soon as the Grapes are gathered, unless the wood is not fully ripened,
in that case the house should be closed in the afternoon at a good heat.
Stop the laterals on the later Vines, thin and tie up the bunches, and
maintain a steady, moist temperature, with plenty of air, but do not
syringe the bunches.
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