Indoor Gardening

Second Week

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 plants. 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 leaf mould. 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 ones. 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. FORCING-HOUSES. 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 thriving plants. 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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