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.
"A Subscriber" says: " Some two or three years ago I read an article in the Scientific American of an invention to make flower pots with a composition of loam, peat and other mixtures, to be used principally for bedding out plants, plant and pot being put out in the ground where it acted as food for the plant, and could be made by any ordinary workman; would be glad to learn through the Monthly if you or any of its readers could give any further information of how they are made, or if a recipe for making could be purchased, and where".
Seeing in the Gardener's Monthly of June an inquiry as how to make earthen flower pots, I have made and grown bedding plants in them for the last seven years and have been very successful. I make three or four-inch pots - any man, or even a boy, can make five or six hundred in a day. I dry them on a flue in the greenhouse. In two nights they are fit for use. I generally make mine in January, when heat is needed. Any person who wishes to see the pots or plants growing in them can do so at the residence of Mrs. Admiral Dupont, Louviers, near Wilmington, Delaware Any person who wishes to have full information can obtain it at very little cost by applying to Robert Trotter, Dupont box, Wilmington. Del.
M. P. D., Zanesville, Ohio, asks: "I see by the last Gardener's Monthly a subscriber inquires about earthen flower-pots,which, he says, he saw in an article in the Scientific American several years ago. I have never noticed an article in that valuable paper upon that subject, but August Rolker & Sons, 44 Dey street, New York, advertise a press for making soluble flower-pots; also they send a receipt for making. I, too, would like to know if it is a practical machine for florists' use".
"Paris, June 15th, 1880. Dear Sir: In answer to a question of one of your readers, page 172, ' Earthen flower-pots,' I have published on page 172 of the Journal de la Societi' Centrale de l'Horticulture de France, March, 1877, an account with cuts of the machine invented and sold by Messrs. Koenig & Foltzer, of Colmar, (Alsace,) to manufacture earthen pots. Your friend and reader may apply to those gentlemen to have a good machine, together with mode of using it.
Respectfully, Chs. Joly, by h. m. engle. This subject continues to be new, as there are varieties added each year, most of which are to be earlier than any previously introduced. I have this season fruited fifteen varieties earlier than Hale's, viz: Cumberland, Saunders, Downing, Briggs May, Honeywell, Climax, all glandless varieties; also Amsden, Alexander, Wilder, Musser, Bower's Early, and Gettysburg Seedling; all with leaves having globose glands; and Beatrice, Louise and Rivers, having reniform glands, all in the same orchard, now in its fifth year.
11 Rue Boissy d'Anglais, Paris".