This section is from the book "The Florist And Garden Miscellany". Also see: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!.
The adaptation of this bulb for a small mass-bed is, I think, not sufficiently known or appreciated. It will do very well planted in March in the open bed; but is greatly strengthened and improved by potting in equal parts of rich loam, sand, and leaf-mould; putting four or five bulbs in a pot, and placing them in a pit or frame, till the season for putting out bedding plants; then turn them out of the pots into a bed of similar compost, without disturbing the balls. With ordinary attention, they will grow vigorously and flower profusely from June to November. If bloom is all that is required, cut out the infant seed-pods as the blossoms fall, and this will strengthen the succession flower-buds. Where increase of stock is an object, seed may be easily saved and bulbs raised. It is also increased freely by offsets. The neat dwarf habit of the plant makes it desirable in a small bed, or near the edge of a large one; and the multitude of pretty scarlet and crimson blossoms makes it worthy of the small attention it claims at the hands of the Florist. The bulbs should be taken up when frost comes, and stored for the winter in dry sand.
Wallingford. Carey Tyso.