This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
The flowering season of Auriculas is again past, and before it passes out of mind, I would like to recommend the self section of Stage Auriculas to gardeners as decorative flowering plants of some value, both as grown and staged in pots, and when used as cut-flowers. Any gardener with a stock of fifty flowering plants of Lord Lome or C. J. Perry, would have a display which would cause a sensation in most gardens. Both kinds, and many others, are quite easy to grow - strong off-sets giving good trusses of bloom the first year. One of the best of the Midland growers, grows and flowers numbers in boxes; and I have no doubt that they would do perfectly well planted out under proper conditions, lifting the plants, and potting in autumn if wanted for flowering in pots. It is always to be remembered that Auriculas are quite hardy - winters like those we have experienced of late years having no effect on them whatever; that they require water just like other flowers; and that small pots give better results than those of a larger size. They make fresh roots every year; and as the plants cannot be said ever to make much top-growth, it will be apparent that pots above 4 or 5 inches in diameter will be too large.
A correspondent writes that a collection of Auriculas entails a greater amount of work than does one of Orchids. That depends. Orchids can be successfully grown with as little labour as most plants, and so can Auriculas. But people who have time can expend a vast amount of labour on either or both. R. P. B.