This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Prof. Meehan, in the Independent, remarks that there are few scientific fields that afford more scope for original and interesting observation than the botanical. There is hardly a day but some student strikes on a novel feature, and it will be many years yet before we shall have discovered in it all that is to be known. In an English paper recently we have an interesting account of the productiveness of bulbs. Some yield an immense number of offsets, while others reproduce very slowly. In the case of one variety of tulip, called the "Goldham's Mary," only one new bulb is made every year. Many varieties of tulip "think nothing" of yielding a dozen or more. Among the Gladiolus of our gardens the same was found to exist. From one variety, called "Brenchliensis," the observer could get a thousand young bulbs in a half-dozen years, while many will not give half a dozen new bulbs a year. There is, of course, a reason - some law governing this productiveness, and which when discovered, will throw light on many other problems; but the reason has not been made clear yet. - Pacific Rural Press.