The green-house companion [by J.C. Loudon].

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Seite 51 - BM 524, a suffruticose short succulent stem, with oblong sinuate leaves, and pale whitish flowers with streaks of red. It is a native of the Cape of Good Hope, and was introduced in 1795; it flowers from March to May, and must be but sparingly watered after the bloom is over.
Seite 254 - When the flower stem has risen an inch or two, then the heat may be considerably increased : that is, the glasses may be removed from a room without a fire to one where a fire is kept, and where the temperature will generally be found between 55• and 65•. Here they will advance with considerable rapidity, especially if placed on a stand, or stage, near a window of south or south-east aspect. They will blow, however, without any sun; but the colours of the flowers will be inferior. Those who keep...
Seite 180 - The stove sorts grow freely in loam and peat, and young cuttings root in sand under a handglass.
Seite 187 - CALLA athiopica may be treated as an aquatic, and grown in deep water in pots of rich loam, or it will grow in loam and peat on the common stage of the greenhouse. It is increased by suckers. ARUM crinitum, ternatum, and Arisarum, frame herbaceous plants, which grow in sandy loam, and are increased by suckers or dividing at the root.
Seite 153 - With respect to moisture, every cultivator knows, that in a properly constituted and regularly pulverized soil, whatever quantity of rain may fall on the surface, the soil is never saturated with water, nor in times of great drought burnt up with heat ; the porous texture of the soil and subsoil being at once favourable for the...
Seite 228 - ... water being so frequently necessary : which is in my opinion very desirable. Eight or ten weeks will in general be found sufficient time for them to unite ; at all events, by that time, I think, they may be partially separated from the parent plant by cutting the inarched shoots better than half way through ; and if, on trial, they are found to be united, and bear that operation well, they may in a few days afterwards be entirely cut off and placed in a shady part of the house, where they must...
Seite 82 - ... the brim in a frame with bottom heat. Shade them well with a double mat till they have struck root; when rooted, take the sand and cuttings out of the pot, and plant them into single pots in proper soil: plunge the pots again into a frame with bottom heat, and shade them with mats for four or five weeks, or till they are taken with the pots, when they may be gradually exposed to the light.
Seite 254 - It is a remarkable circumstance of the crocus, that it keeps its petals expanded during a tolerably bright candle or lamp light, in the same way as it does during the light of the sun. If the candle be removed, the crocuses close their petals, as they do in the garden when a cloud obscures the sun ; and when the artificial light is restored, they open again as they do with the return of the direct solar rays. Those who keep bulbs on water are often at a loss when to change it.
Seite 249 - ... kind of rout or entertainment. In common cases they are placed in recesses, and on side-tables, and near glasses which may reflect them; and a few choice specimens are scattered over the floor as single objects. But in more select entertainments, a proportionate attention is paid to their arrangement. During dinner a few pots of fruit-bearing shrubs, or trees with their fruit ripe, are ranged along the centre of the table, from which, during the dessert, the fruit is gathered by the company....
Seite 175 - Of this splendid genus of Cape bulbs, Sweet observes: "Some of the bulbs grow to a great size, and require large pots to have them flower in perfection; or, if planted out In the open borders in spring, there will be a better chance of their flowering, taking the bulbs up again in autumn ; or the best way to succeed well with them is to have a pit built on purpose, for...

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