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.
Double Zonale Geranium, Mrs. Corbin. C. N. Stewart, of Washington, Iowa, writes: "I send you a flower from my new geranium, Mrs. Corbin, grown from seed here last year, which is considered here as great a novelty as New Life. It is a good grower and a very free bloomer; color crimson; reverse of petals silvery rose, having the appearance of a double variegated rose and quilled like an aster. I send you a few individual flowers, as the tree is not fully open yet. As a patron of your paper, I see you mention new plants in each issue, and if the flowers reach you perfect, please give your opinion of them".
[The Gardener's Monthly is always glad to receive and report on the value of novelties to the best of its ability. The present geranium is a very beautiful one. It must be remembered, however, that the number of varieties now in existence is so great that however good a seedling may be, it runs the chance of being very like some one already named; and this one we fear will be too near to Le Negre to be desirable. - Ed. G.M].
Treatment of an India Rubber Tree. S. M., New York, says : " Our India Rubber tree has been put out into the yard on the border and sunk about three inches in the ground. In consequence the roots came through, and we had to cut them off to lift the tree and get it ready to take into the house. I fear it has now too few roots for the fine growth of leaves and branches made during its summer out, and may lose a good many of these now during winter. What do you recommend to prevent that calamity? Shall we, next century, have H. D.'s - Doctors of Horticulture ? Of course, in that case, they will have offices, hours, and get fees".
[In taking up plants in this condition, they should be placed for a few days in a cool, shady, quiet place, when new roots will form, or the plant learn to depend on all that are left. If the injury to the roots be very severe, it may take more than a few days to recover. If, after this the leaves have a dull or haggard look, the tops of the branches had best be shortened. This will surely mend the matter. The H. D. is a good idea; but so long as the Gardener's Monthly is willing to answer all questions at the subscription price of $2.10 a year, we fear the H. D. would find but little practice. - Ed. G. M].