This section is from the book "The Florist And Garden Miscellany". Also see: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!.
Before this paper will be in the publisher's hands, all fear of a return of frosty nights will have passed away; and those plants that have broken strong, and made young growth of tolerable consistence, may be removed to their summer quarters, which should be on the shady side of a hedge or shrubbery, where they may obtain a free circulation of air, yet in some measure protected from the force of a summer storm, and altogether from the heat of a mid-day sun. To avoid the admission of worms, which are great pests, souring the soil and choking up the drainage, scatter, to the thickness of two or three inches, coal-ashes on the border you intend to use, first treading the ground firmly, and nicely levelling the surface with a rake. Another good plan is, to place the plants on rails an inch or an inch and a half square, and the same distance apart; the latter contrivance will keep the pots cleaner, and more freely admit the air. Give the plants plenty of room; nothing is much more injurious to their general health and ultimate beauty than being huddled up together, each striving to overtop his neighbour.
I am presuming that each and all have been properly tied out for the free admission of air, as recommended in a former Number. Certain shoots will break stronger and grow ranker than others; these should be stopped in an early stage, say when three inches long; this check will frequently induce the plant to break low down in the old wood: hence the necessity that no shoot should be pinched off later than June, as after that there will not be sufficient growing time to enable the shortened shoot to make new wood of sufficient length to form a fine whorl of flowers in the spring. By timely attention to these suggestions, a specimen maybe obtained of great symmetry and beauty. I have many plants that cover a 12-inch pot, and not more than fifteen inches high. Water regularly, and remove weeds as soon as they appear. W. H. Story.
Nothing to add to the directions given in last Number, which apply equally to the present month. W. H. Story.
These want but little attention at present, further than that recommended for the Erica; as I presume each plant has received its due share of stopping, tying out, etc. etc. suggested in Nos. 16 and 17. Should an unruly shoot have persisted in overtopping the rest, cut it down to their height; it were better so, than to allow it to disfigure the whole plant.
The treatment for these this month is not different from that for Heaths. W. H. Story.
It is expedient to protect them from the heavy rains, blustering winds, and frosty nights, which seldom fail to visit us at uncertain intervals during this month. Lose no time, therefore, in removing your Epacrises to their winter quarters, giving them all the air practicable night and day, except in the event of a probable frost: water somewhat sparingly. Earlier bloom may be obtained without injury to the constitutional energies of the plant by a temperature for the time being of about 65° or 70°. Whitehill, Newton Abbott, Devon. W. H. Story.