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.
Tins is an old-fashioned winter-flowering stove plant, which is not quite so much grown as its merits entitle it to be. It is exceedingly easy of cultivation. The following directions followed out will secure success. After it is done flowering in spring cut it back, and place in a vinery at work. When started into fresh growth, shake out in the same way as is practised with Pelargoniums, and re-pot in a smaller-sized pot, using, in preference to others, a compost of fibrous loam and sand. When the shoots have grown long enough to make cuttings of, insert as many as may be required round the edges of 4-inch pots: they soon form roots in a warm temperature. Pot off into 5-inch pots, one plant in each; they will flower well in this size: or they may be treated to a further shift into 7 or 8 inch. Large plants may be grown in l6's - this is a handy size; and if the plants are firmly potted, as all plants should be potted, they hold a large quantity of soil for the nourishment of the plants. In the summer months, they may be grown in a cool house, but ought to be taken into a stove temperature in August to have the flowers fine.
They require an abundant supply of water whilst growing; three or four of their pretty wax-like flowers, backed by one of their leaves, make a nice button-hole bouquet. To have the plant look well, the flowers which have withered should be picked off every morning.
R. P. B.