This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
W. M. G., Niles, Michigan, writes: " In taking up my carnations I cut around each plant, and deep enough to not disturb the roots in the least, carrying in one at a time, and planted them on the benches. They did not even wilt; and from a bed of one hundred and fifty carnations, I have not had one dozen blooms. They have grown to the glass, are full of buds, and there they stand. I took five hundred cuttings from them two months ago, and not one has rooted. My night temperature averages 48°. What is the trouble? I have another house (heated by a brick flue) facing the south. I designed it for winter forcing, but as fast as the buds begin to open they dry up. The flue is saturated with creosote or the oil of smoke, which gives the house an unpleasant smell. Is this poisonous to plants, and how can it be avoided? A remedy for the above troubles will be gratefully accepted."
[We have had specimens of carnations, geraniums and other plants, from the West, covered by some parasitic fungus. Flour of Sulphur is an excellent remedy for these low fungoid pests. - Ed. G. M.]