This section is from the book "The Florist And Garden Miscellany". Also see: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!.
BY MR. M'ARDELL, FOREMAN, CASTLE-HILL GARDENS.
The Chorozema is generally considered difficult to cultivate; but it can be grown well by pursuing the following method. The soil should be a sandy peat, well broken with the spade, but not sifted. The best time for potting is March or April. Care must be taken not to over-pot the plants, or injure the roots while potting; the soil must be made very firm and compact about the roots, and the pots well drained; then they should be placed in the greenhouse in an airy situation, and not crowded among other plants. It is also well to keep them in the greenhouse during summer; but in hot weather they should be shaded for two or three hours each day during sunshine. They require a reasonable supply of water; that is, they must not be sodden, nor left too dry. They may be propagated in the following manner: the cuttings should be taken off" and carefully prepared while the wood is young; take off the bottom leaves with a sharp knife, and make a clear cut just through the joint; the cutting-pot should be drained, and then filled to within an inch of the top with the soil above mentioned; on the top of this put a layer of white sand, into which put the cuttings, making a hole for their reception with a small stick.
When the pot is full, give them a little water with a fine rose; after which, place a clean glass over them: in this state they may be removed to the propagating house, where the temperature should be 70°. They should be shaded from the sun, which can be done by placing a sheet of coarse paper over the glasses. As scon as the cuttings are rooted, which may be known by their appearance of growth, they must be potted off; but care must be taken not to injure the roots, and they must be shaded again for a week or ten days, until they make fresh ones; they must then be gradually hardened, and placed with the old plants in the greenhouse.