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.
In reference to what we have said about "credit" in another column, we will be particular in saying that the following is an "original" editorial paragraph from the New York Tribune:
"One can't most always tell the extent of the influence of scion on stock, or in what direction it operates. Professor Beal gives the results of some experiments made on this interesting point. A pelargonium grafted with a variegated scion became variegated. A tomato grafted with a potato scion set small tubers in the axils of the leaves. A sunflower grafted from an artichoke produced tubers under ground".
We are tolerably familiar with the good work of Prof. Beal, but have not at hand that we know of, any account of experiments of this kind that he ever made. It may he that Prof. Beal said, that he had heard that somebody in some place had made such experiments with such results, and perhaps Prof. Beal may have expressed an opinion that he thought these things may possi-bly have been performed with such results.
There is indeed enough known of variegation to warrant our believing that part of the story may be correct, but that tomato and artichoke question we "move to be laid on the table "for the present. But we suspect that the Tribune's "original" paragraph is really one altered from some other "exchange," and that in the alteration full justice has not been done to Prof. Beal.