The Cineraria is one of our gayest early-Spring flowers, and, as it is so easily grown, should be more commonly seen than it is.

It thrives in any soil, flowering most freely in any district which is free from frost, and, if planted under the shade of trees where there is a little protection, it grows freely and blooms constantly from January to July.

The Cineraria prefers a light sandy soil well enriched with old manure. Propagation is effected by seeds, sown in June, in a cold frame or in a shaded spot out of doors. As the seeds are very small, the surface soil, on which the seeds are to be sown, should be sifted leaf-mold, smoothed over and pressed firm. Sow the seeds thinly and regularly over the surface and cover them lightly with finely sifted soil composed of leaf-mold and sand well-mixed together, afterwards watering with a fine-rosed watering-pot. The seeds should be shaded until they germinate, and, when the seedlings are large enough to be handled, they should be transplanted to three inches apart, and placed where they are to bloom, early in October. An ideal spot for flowering the Cinerarias is under an evergreen tree whose lower branches spread over the surface about four feet above the ground.

Cineraria hybrida.

Cineraria hybrida.