Why is it that one so seldom sees these fine plants in cultivation 1 Even in many large places where ample accommodation and suitable positions could easily be found for them, they are rarely met with. A well-grown and well-flowered plant of either variety, but especially of gratissima, is a sight not easily forgotten, and only requires to be seen to be appreciated : the deliciously sweet perfume, and delicate shades of the flowers, are all that one could desire in a flower. The plant is of rather a straggling habit to be effective as a pot-plant for house or table work, but is very effective thus grown for conservatory decoration. The position most suited to it is against the back wall of the conservatory; and planted out in a suitably prepared border, it is here quite at home, and will be a most welcome addition to flowering-plants used for this purpose. The flowers are of a reddish-pink colour, and are borne in clusters on the points of the young shoots, so that in adapting it as a wall-plant, it should be trained up in the usual way to cover the space allotted to it, and the young lateral shoots encouraged to make growth, which, after flowering, should be spurred back.

It is not at all a difficult plant to cultivate - rather the reverse, in fact - so that it cannot be on that account it is so seldom met with. It is a native of Nepaul.

The Luculia is propagated by cuttings of the half-ripened wood, which should be put in during the month of June. The pan for the cuttings should be well drained, and filled three parts full of peat and sharp sand, and the remaining part with pure silver sand, in which the cuttings should be inserted so that the base may just rest on the peat and sand without entering it. Cover with a bell-glass and set the pan in a close pit, where a gentle bottom-heat can be maintained. When they have made roots, shake them out carefully and pot them up singly in 3-inch pots, using a mixture of equal parts of good turfy loam and peat, with sufficient sharp sand and a few small pieces of charcoal to keep all open. Keep them close for a time after potting until they emit fresh roots, when they should have a moderate allowance of air given them. They may probably require a shift into 5-inch pots about the end of August; but unless it is found desirable to force them on into good-sized plants quickly, they should be wintered in the small pots, and they will be ready to rush away in the spring. They should be pinched a few times when young, as they require it in order to get a good stool formed at first. A temperature of about 50° will suit them well during winter.

About February, when they begin to move, they may be shifted into 6-inch or 8-inch pots, using the same kind of soil, only rougher in proportion to the size of pot used. They should still be kept in a warm pit until they get fairly established in the pots, but as the season advances into May and June, they may do without fire-heat, by paying due attention to ventilation, and closing the pit rather early, in order to husband some of the sun-heat. After the pots are fairly filled with roots, those intended for planting out may be put into their permanent places, being very careful to secure sufficient drainage, as they will not thrive in stagnant or soured soil, so that it is necessary to have ample provision made for all surplus water to escape readily. A drain should therefore be carried away from the bed in which they are to be planted; from 9 inches to a foot of rubble-stones should then be put in the bottom, and a few inches of lime-rubbish on the top, which will form into a kind of crust, and prevent the drainage from being choked with the soil, and yet will allow the water to escape readily. The soil should be used in the rough state, and may consist of the same kind as that used for the pots, only much rougher.

In planting, press the soil pretty firmly round the ball, and water with tepid water. In a short time they will begin to grow rapidly, and will soon cover the space allotted to them. Their season of flowering is in the autumn and winter, being then doubly welcome, when flowers are somewhat scarce and generally most in demand; and the sprays are very useful for mixing with Ferns and suchlike, for vases. L. pinceana is in all respects similar to the other, only that the flowers are white, and therefore makes a very useful variety. The same treatment applies to both, and both are worthy of a place in the most select collection of greenhouse plants.