This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Lapageria is seldom seen in such condition as it should be, although it is one of the easiest-grown climbers with which we are acquainted. We are about to devote the greater part of the roof of a cool division, thirty feet long, to the two varieties, and expect they will nearly fill the allotted space next summer; but we have good plants to begin with. The red one, in fact, though in an unfavor able place at present, has made some hundreds of feet of young shoots altogether since it was cut down in spring. It requires a cool, moist soil, and a perfectly cold house, in which the shoots should be trained close to the glass, where they will flower their whole length. The best plan is to stretch wires four or five inches apart for it, in the direction in which the shoots are to be led, and fhey should be allowed to follow the wires themselves, which they will do - twisting along as neatly as possible - without the least assistance, except that when more than one shoot is allowed to a wire care must be taken to prevent the leaves being caught in the twists. To attempt training the shoots by ties is troublesome, and not a successful plan.
Stopping the shoots occasionally induces flowers to come sooner than they otherwise would, and produces little spurs, each of which furnishes several flowers. The beautiful white variety is likely to become a great favorite for various purposes, and we would recommend those who have it to plant it out at once, however small their plants may be, in a compost of peat, loam, and plenty of sand, with a little rotten manure, and to give it room and light, keeping the soil about the roots rather wet than dry. Our large plant, which grows so rampantly every year, though it does not flower so freely, owing to the shade over it, has never been otherwise' than wet at the root for three years, on account of the drip from the other pots, and yet it is in fine health and still growing rapidly. The Lapageria makes a disproportionate quantity of large thick roots, considering its habit and growth, though the shoots of established plants are sometimes as thick as small pot vines. - Garden.