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.
Mr. Theo. Schuster, agent for Mr. Wunderlich, places on our table a sample of this fibre. It is very strong, and is much better than anything we know for tying material where strength and neatness is required.
It is not clear what plant this tying material, recently noticed in our columns, is obtained from. In a recent number of the American Agriculturist, Prof. Geo. Thurber offers the following opinion:
"We take this to be derived from the stem of a species of Cyperus closely related to the Papyrus plant, and the same material as that from which the much esteemed India mats are made. The Raffia splits into the smallest fibres; it unites great strength with a silky softness and pliability, and for budding seems to be a most perfect tying material".