This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In the Summer of 1877, I planted out in the open air, a single plant of Abutilon Boule de Neige at least fifty yards from another Abutilon. At the time of taking up the plant in the Fall, I noticed a few seed pods well filled on the Boule de Neige; these were saved and planted. From the first they were remarkably robust, and when planted out this last Spring grew from three to five feet in height, and were well branched, or "stocky, " as florists say. There were about fifty plants, and when they blossomed, what a sight! Of the fifty plants, each bore a different colored flower, varying from a deep reddish yellow to a fine delicate pink. What would have caused the variation ? Were they crossed with Abutilon Thompson!? And if so, why such a variety ?
Last year I wrote you of a Cereus grandiflora keeping its flowers expanded in the day time, and asked if it were not due to the low temperature. By mismanagement the same plant was kept too wet last Winter, and its flower buds did not expand until in October. The temperature of the house was about sixty, (we had no fire, ) and the flowers remained open until the sun's rays heated the interior, and they closed at ten o'clock, A. M.