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.
J. B. Cedar Falls, Iowa, writes: "I have two ivies standing among my roses in greenhouse, and I have been in the habit of occasionally watering them with soapsuds, as it is good for roses. But this Fall the leaves on the ivies have turned yellow. Is it the suds or something else? Would suds injure camelias, azaleas or any other plants kept in an ordinary greenhouse? What peculiar treatment does Fuchsia racemosa require? I cannot succeed with it. I have heard it pronounced a humbug by some florists. If it is so, our Eastern florists do wrong to send it out without warning. If these questions are not troublesome perhaps I may ask more at some future time. Is there any way to propagate farfugium besides dividing roots?"
[The ivy may be suffering from the scale insect, or from defective drainage, or it would not object to anything a rose delights in. It is impossible to tell how far soapsuds will injure camelias or azaleas. No plant objects to a light dose of it, but there may be too much of a good thing even here. Fuchsia racemosa is inclined to be a straggling grower, and would be a capital subject for horticultural skill in making it look nice and bushy. Whether anything is a humbug or not, very often depends on the treatment it receives. Florists generally get all the Farfugium grande they require, from root propagation, but if desir-able to increase faster, no doubt the seeds would grow. We are always glad to reply to questions as far as we are able. - Ed. G. M].