Give these that general attention all succulent plants require at this season. Cut off all fogged and decayed foliage, and keep the plants clean from insects. Shift all seedlings when the pots are filled with roots, and frequently examine plants of both sorts kept in frames; because, without lifting them, you will not detect any mischief that may be going on at the neck of the plant. W. H. Holmes.

Nursery, Sudbury, Derbyshire.

Calceolarias #1

Shift all plants required for exhibition, as in this month they will commence growing freely, and must not be allowed to get pot-bound. Draw the syringe over them occasionally towards evening when shut up, as they enjoy it, and re: such little attentions; in fact, success is more often the result of frequent minute attentions to little details of examination, etc, than to occasional great doings after long neglect.

Nursery, Sudbury, Derbyshire. W. H. Holmes.

Calceolarias #2

General attention is required to specimen plants. Examine them frequently about the surface of the pot, both stem and leaves. If the weather is brilliant, as it sometimes is in March, shade the plants in the middle of the day from powerful sunlight. Seedlings should be shifted as they may require. If in the pots they are to bloom in, so much the better.

W. H. Holmes.

Calceolarias #3

Examine the plant well, and see that there is no green-fly about them: this little pest lies so closely sheltered underneath the leaves, that unless you look well into the plants, you will not detect him. Fumigate the moment he appears, and tilt the pots on one side, or prop the leaves up with a few sticks to effect their destruction, and clean them the following morning by syringing them thoroughly with soft water. All plants not shifted into their blooming-pots, should be done without delay.

Sudbury, Derbyshire. W. H. Holmes.

Calceolarias #4

Seedlings will now be coming freely into bloom, rewarding the amateur for his previous care, in the continued interest they create, even if no novelties are obtained. Keep an eye upon the foliage of your specimen, for the smallest indication of the presence of green-fly. Fumigate them you must before they begin to bloom; you cannot do it afterwards, but at the cost of losing your flowers; and be sure you do not, after this precautionary measure, introduce fresh plants amongst them without blowing some tobacco-smoke over them through the fumigating bellows.

Sudbury, Derbyshire. W. H. Holmes.

Calceolarias #5

We will give you all this month to enjoy the beauty of your flowers; only remember to cross those varieties you wish to save seed from. W. H. Holmes.

Calceolarias #6

Do not let them overbloom themselves to the destruction of the plants; but as soon as the flowers begin to fade, cut down preparatory to re-potting.

Sudbury, Derbyshire. W. H. Holmes.

Calceolarias #7

Cut down all plants as the flowers fade, and re-pot into a larger size; place them in a shady situation; protect from heavy rains, but expose to the cool night-air and dew; take off shoots as you can get them, and prick them out round the edge of the pots, which should be plunged in gentle bottom heat, shaded from the sun. Smoke, if attacked with aphides; and watch carefully that decayed leaves do not cause the cuttings to fog off.

Sudbury, Derbyshire. W. H. Holmes.

Calceolarias #8

Look well to all your stock, old and young, to keep it clean. Aphides and their filth are utter destruction to all tender foliage, and the curl of the leaf which follows their attack makes a harbour from which it is difficult to dislodge them by fumigation. Shade in the heat of the day, and give all possible air at night, sheltering from soaking rains. Sow seed, if not done, and if you wish for strong plants in the spring.

Sudbury, Derbyshire. W. H. Holmes.

Calceolarias #9

General attention is required to keep all the plants, whether old stocks, young plants, or seedlings, clean, and in healthy condition. To do this effectually, give them a slight fumigation occasionally, and remove all dead and decaying foliage.

Sudbury, Derbyshire. W. H. Holmes.

Calceolarias #10

Mild as the weather has been, it is loaded with moisture; and the whole of the stock should be carefully gone over, to remove any fogged foliage, particularly about the neck of the plant, or at its junction with the soil. Give air at all suitable opportunities, and fumigate when necessary.

Sudbury, Derbyshire. W. H Holmes.