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.
On a recent visit to the hothouses of Michel & Co., this city, my attention was called to a curious freak of grafting. Mr. Emele Wintzer, foreman of the establishment, had grafted a scion of Abutilon Thomsonii on one of the plain, deeply cut-leaved varieties, - name lost. The leaves of the new growth, both above the graft and also on other branches below the graft, are variegated like the scion, retaining the original shape of the leaf. Mr. Wintzer seems to have a penchant for the abutilon tribe. He has now growing over one hundred seedlings, several of which have bloomed, and show distinctive merit. Six of them have been named; one, a pretty dwarf named Blanche, the flowers pure white, may become a decided acquisition.
I was also shown a plant of General Grant geranium, the foliage variegated. It originally appeared as a sport on one of the old plants from which it was taken and rooted. The cutting is now a fine stocky plant, ten inches or a foot high, and every leaf variegated, and, from present appearances, appears as though it may become permanent.