The 'Garden,' speaking of the culture of that most beautiful and deservedly popular flower the Bouvardia, in the London market gardens, says:-

"Messrs Low & Co., of Clapton, are the largest cultivators of Bouvardias in pots, and the way in which they grow them is as follows: In autumn old plants which have done flowering are cut down nearly close to the pot, and placed in a moderately cool dry temperature. After Christmas is over a little more heat is given them, and they are frequently syringed overhead; this has the effect of starting into growth a number of shoots from the bases of the plants. These, when sufficiently firm, are taken off, made into cuttings, inserted singly in 3-inch pots, and plunged in Cocoa-nut fibre on a gentle bottom-heat. These cuttings, under favourable circumstances, soon strike root, when they are potted in 5-inch and 6-inch pots in good fibrous loam and leaf-mould or rotten manure. As they advance in growth they are subjected to a cooler and more airy temperature than that in which they were struck, and when well established all the light, air, and sunshine possible are admitted to them, and they receive copious supplies of water at their roots. From these plants cuttings are taken with which to form a successional batch of plants; they are taken off when the plants have made three or four leaves, the two lower joints only being left on the plants.

From these joints strong shoots are soon emitted; these, when 4 or 5 inches long, are also stopped; and this operation is carried on in the same manner for four or five times, each set of cuttings being treated in the some way. Those struck first in the year make excellent bushy-flowering plants by the following autumn, and the last taken off, which is in August and September, make good plants to bloom in the succeeding spring. The old plants, from which the cuttings were first taken, are also shaken out and potted, and they make bushy, well-flowered plants early in the summer. In order to make large specimens, which, however, is seldom done in market gardens (except for supplying cut blooms), old plants are cut back year after year and shaken out and repotted. During summer Bouvardias are grown in cool houses or pits, and sometimes in temporary frames, but in autumn, winter, and spring a moist airy temperature of from 50° to 55° is maintained, excepting in severe weather, when a little lower temperature does not injure them. During late years some growers plant out their Bouvardias in the open air in summer, a plan by which good plants may be obtained with less labour and expense than in the case of those grown in pots.

It however becomes a question whether they are so valuable to the buyer as well-established pot-plants; but that, with growers for market, stands for nothing. For planting out, cuttings are inserted early in February, stopped in the same way as before mentioned, and, after being duly hardened off, are planted out about 2 feet apart in well-prepared ground the first week in June. During summer they are kept well supplied with manure-water, the surface-soil is kept well stirred with the hoe, and sometimes a mulching of manure is applied. In the first week of September, when the shoots show bloom, the plants are carefully lifted and potted, and, after being well watered overhead and at the roots, are placed in cold frames, and kept close and shaded until re-established; after that they are again exposed to air and sunshine, and when the weather gets cold they are placed in houses or warm pits near the glass. By this means strong, bushy, well-flowered specimens are obtained during the winter months which need no stalking or support in any way.

Indeed, under no circumstances do market-growers stake Bouvardias, beyond placing a neat deal stick in the centre of each plant, so as to support the branches in a manner to form neat, but by no means formal, conical or pyramidal-shaped plants".

' The Journal of Horticulture' gives, in the interests of seedsmen and their assistants, a piece of good advice on the subject of ordering seeds, which is well worth the attention of gardeners who delay sending their seed orders till the last moment, and then expect them to be executed at once. Says your contemporary:-

"Of the many thousands who purchase seeds few can form any conception of the extraordinary pressure that large firms experience during the busy season. It is only by long preparation and extreme effort; by close - too close - work, almost night and day, that orders can be executed in time to enable the seeds to be of service to the purchasers. By ordering seeds early no more cost is incurred by the purchaser, he has the choice of the first and usually the best stocks of seed, and a great boon is at the same time conferred on seed dealers and their assistants.

"During the height of the seed season it is absolutely impossible that orders can be executed immediately they are received, and consequently those who do not give the orders before the time for sowing arrives must experience considerable inconvenience. The seedsman is then generally blamed for a want of promptitude, when in reality the blame rests with the purchaser and not with the vendor. In order to facilitate the execution of orders, which become unusually heavy as the spring advances, the great seed firms commence preparations in midwinter, and even before Christmas additional assistants are engaged, and men ' work overtime' in preparing packets and parcels of the seeds most likely to be in demand. Thus, everything that the vendors can do is done to accelerate the dispatch of the parcels with the utmost celerity. Could the seed-purchasing public see the efforts that are made to execute the orders with as little delay as possible, and hundreds of men working at high pressure until almost midnight for weeks together, they would endeavour to make out their orders early; they would then be better served, an important industrial section of the community would be benefited, and the wheels of an important trade would move the more smoothly".