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Tea Roses

The Roses best adapted for in-door culture belong to the class known as Tea Roses; these are tender, of a bushy growth, and if properly treated, will bloom the year round; the flowers have a strong tea-scent. Tea Roses can be cultivated out-of-doors

with success, but they must be taken up in the fall and removed in-doors. We know it is the custom of some gardeners to lay the bushes down in the fall, and cover them with earth and leaves; while in some cases this may preserve them, it cannot be depended on as a rule. To keep up a steady bloom, pinch off all flowers as soon as they begin to fade. It is best to not let the buds open fully while on the bush, but they should be cut in the bud, and placed in a vase of water, where they will expand and keep for a long while. All dead leaves and flower stems should be carefully removed, and the surface of the soil in the pots should be stirred up occasionally with a stick, this will keep the plants in a growing condition, and if they can be kept growing, they will bloom continuously. The following varieties of Tea Roses are in every respect among the best for house culture: Bon Silene.--Flowers purplish-carmine; highly scented. Niphetos.--Pure white, magnificent long buds; an incessant bloomer. Perle de Jardins.--Sulphur-yellow, full and double; a splendid rose. La France (Bourbon).--Bright lilac-rose, fine form; perpetual bloomer, half hardy. Hermosa (Bourbon).--Light rose-color, cupped-shaped; a most perpetual bloomer.

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