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.
M. Newton asks: - " If it is not intruding too much on your time and space, I would like to ask a few questions.
1. Will the Pear grow on the Osage Orange; has it ever been tried to any extent? 2. How is artificial fertilizing best performed? 3. What is the best soil and when the best time to transplant the Hydrangea paniculata grandiflora? 4. Will seed of the rose grow ? "
[1. Only those species that are closely allied botanically will graft together. The Osage Orange and the pear are so widely separated that no one has probably tried to make them grow.
2. Artificial fertilization of flowers is best performed by cutting off the anthers of one flower before the pollen appears, and then taking the pollen from some allied species, and placing it on the stigma of the flower to be fertilized. Very often, as in the lily, the flower has to be cut open just before it expands, to get the anthers out, and the pollen of the strange flower is to be applied the next day; or after if strange pollen be applied at once to put more on next day. 3. Hydrangea paniculata is a very easy thing to transplant, and it will thrive in any garden soil. It can be moved any time in the year when the earth is not frozen. 4. Roses grow very well from seed soon as they are ripe, or in the Spring, only that in the last case it remains a year in the ground before it grows. It is in this way that new varieties are generally originated. - Ed. G. M].