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.
A collection of plants cultivated by means of the Dumesnil fertilizing moss has created a great sensation here, and will in time revolutionize window gardening. C. J. Power, of Framingham, has undertaken to place this new process before the American public. Great success has been attained with it in Europe. The moss is simple and clean, and appears infallible in its peculiarly invigorating properties, while its possibilities for service to florists, botanists and artists are of incalculable value. In this moss plants are grown absolutely without earth, and will both flower and bear fruit, while their hardiness is augmented. It may be used in doors or out of doors, or during long transportation. The advantages of using it in window gardening appear at once to those who are all winter constantly cleaning after muddy and leaky pots. The moss requires only sprinkling - just enough wetting to compensate for natural evaporation. Mr. Power's exhibit at a recent meeting of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society consisted of ivies and geraniums in pots, which are in a most thrifty condition, and show every evidence of growing and blooming finely. Several of the geraniums carry superb trusses of bloom. A Hibiscus Cooperii, with variegated foliage, is one of the handsomest plants I ever saw.
It has been in this moss for three months. A Canterbury bell, with a spike of bloom nearly three feet high, is among the collection. White Verbenas, in full flower, Coleas, Lobelia and Heliotrope complete the list. Mr. Power said he had succeeded well with Carnations also. He is making several experiments under the auspices of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, which, in course of time, will be made known to the public. His statement of what may be done by means of this moss is almost incredible. If proven, we shall be able to snap our fingers at. the seasons, and may have ornamental and costly exotics in our living apartments all the year round.