This section is from the book "The Florist And Garden Miscellany". Also see: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!.
This coral tree is unquestionably one of the most splendid objects which a garden can possess. It is a native of South America, and has been long in cultivation, but, like many other plants, when first introduced it was placed in our stoves, and almost lost sight of; indeed in many places it is yet to be found occupying a warm house. It is commonly treated as a greenhouse plant; but in the south of England at least, it is nearly able to withstand the vicissitudes of our climate, requiring protection only during winter, and keeping the young shoots from spring frost. It is one of the easiest of all plants to manage, either in pots or planted out, producing its large and deep red-coloured flowers in the greatest profusion on the shoots of the present year's growth, beginning to develope them about the middle of July, and continuing on in beauty till the blossoms are destroyed by autumn frosts. After flowering, all the branches may be lopped off, leaving only the stump remaining. If planted out in a pit or frame, where the stump can be sheltered when divested of its branches, by the sashes being put on in November, and removed in spring when the frosts are over, it will form one of the most beautiful objects imaginable during the latter part of summer and through autumn.
A mixture of loam and sand, with a little turfy peat, is the best compost to pot it in, and the same material may be used if planted out. It will be necessary to give it frequent waterings in hot weather during summer.
Kew. J. Houlston.