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.
E. O. N., Tracy City, Tenn., writes: "A short notice of large Pine Apples in October number of the Gardener's Monthly makes me bold to inquire about pineries in this country. Would you not yourself, or get some one else well acquainted with the growing of pine apples, write us a full description of the modus operandi in the Gardener's Monthly. I have in vain endeavored to get any information on the subject. Here, where I live, fuel could be had for the hauling, and I think a market for the fruit could be made without trouble, since it bears shipping well. Is there any good book or publication on this subject?"
[McMahon's American Gardener's Calendar, John Jay Smith's edition, gives full directions for the artificial culture of pine apples. We do not see it in Marot's list of books, but he could doubtless procure it.
We have no doubt, with the new light gained since McMahon wrote, pine culture could be made much easier than it was in his day. We know of one who merely planted tops in the open ground, which rooted and grew finely, were transplanted to a common greenhouse, and bore excellent fruit the next season, though not near the size .the first class gardeners do. Still it is a beginning for those who want to learn, as perfection comes only with experience. - Ed. G. M].