When Lobelias are used for bedding purposes in large quantities, it is the all but universal practice to propagate by seed, the impression being that this is the easiest and most expeditious plan; otherwise, I suppose it is admitted, that for uniformity of colour and habit, and effectiveness generally, plants from cuttings are the best. I have propagated the Lobelia from seed for years, but I find that seedlings are not adapted for small beds or edgings; be the strain ever so pure, the plants are sure to vary in colour and habit to an extent that seriously interferes with neatness in arrangement. I have therefore been gradually going back to the cutting process, until I have come to use cutting plants for all purposes, even for massing borders hundreds of feet in length; and the improvement is so decided, that I contemplate no other practice in future. As regards time and labour, etc., I am inclined to think that cuttings are the most convenient. Nothing strikes easier than a Lobelia. It is difficult sometimes to get good grass in autumn for cuttings, but be they ever so wiry they never refuse to strike, and before spring they will not fail to make good plants if kept in a cold pit or greenhouse; and they furnish so well, that a few dozens of pots will almost give sufficient cuttings at the first and second clips to supply a large demand.

When struck like Verbenas in spring, scarcely one fails; and as soon as they are rooted, the pots may be placed in a cool pit until such, time as they can be planted in cold frames about April, when they will make fine plants before planting-out time. Done in this way, I find less time is occupied than when propagated by seed; for there is first the sowing, then the tedious pricking-off process, next the transplanting from the boxes to the frames, and then the final planting out.

It is yet time enough to propagate the Lobelia, and the best way is to strike the cuttings in pans, and afterwards to pot off into 6-inch pots, in light rich soil, and store the plants away on a greenhouse-shelf or some such place during the winter and spring. They scarcely want more heat before clipping time, and the cuttings are hardy and green when taken off, which goes far towards success in striking them. Last spring the two first clips set us up almost for stock, and the cuttings were almost ready for inserting as soon as detached. Little making is needful, as the shoots strike almost anywhere and anyhow.