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.
It does not take so long as it is often supposed to raise flowering plants from seed of Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Col. Wilder, who continues actively his work of hybridizing and crossing flowers, at a recent meeting of the Massachusetts Hort. Society, exhibited five plants of Azalea Indica, raised from hybridized seed, and of remarkable growth, the largest being a foot high at one year from the seed. The leaf stalks and the under sides of the leaves of some of the plants were reddish, like those of Rhododendron. There is little doubt but they will flower next year.
There is yet much to be done in the way of hybridization of these plants. The East Indian Rhododendrons are too tender for our climate, but are fragrant. It would be a grand thing if we could give this property to our pretty kinds.