This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I observe that a lady correspondent in the Marqh number complains she cannot succeed in making things bloom with the German method of submersion in chemically prepared water. The ladies of my household have no trouble in producing bloom on apple and other free-blooming things by the following very simple plan. They place the apple twigs or what ever they desire to bloom in clear glass vas.es, and place the vases where they will get a great deal of sunshine, as in a bay window. Apple twigs cut about March 1st, are just about ready to burst into bloom at this date, (March 18th). The vases are kept filled with rain water only. I have paid no particular attention to the matter, but think the bright sunshine is quite an important part of the experiment, as they failed last year when they attempted to bloom apple, and in a dark but warmer room.