This is a common but very useful plant for autumn decoration. Its dark-green foliage, and shining red fruit or berries, render it a very effective plant, When properly treated it grows rapidly, making goodly-sized plants in one season from seed. Seed sown in March in a brisk bottom-heat soon vegetates, and as soon as the young seedlings develop two rough leaves, prick them into pans about 3 inches apart, using rich fibry loam, with about equal proportions of leaf-mould and a little sand. Place them in a close moist atmosphere, with a temperature of 65°, and syringe them freely. Here they will grow rapidly, and as soon as they grow to touch each other, pot them off into various sizes of pots likely to be most serviceable for various purposes when well berried. By putting a single plant into a 5-inch pot, and three into a 6-inch pot, they make nice dwarf bushes loaded with berries all winter. When large plants are required, shift on single plants as the smaller pots get filled with roots, fix a stake to each leading shoot, and pinch the lateral growths. In this way fine pyramidal handsome plants, equal in shape to any Fuchsia, can be obtained.

Grown as standards they look extremely well, and to grow them as such they require to be manipulated the same as recommended for tree Mignonette.

Solanums delight in good rich compost, and, after the pots are filled with roots, frequent watering with manure-water. When it is desirable to have large plants the first season from seed, keep them in a temperature of 70° close to the glass all the season, which, with a good supply of moisture, will make large specimens loaded with berries. But we find those grown in 6-inch pots the most useful, as they fill up corners and baskets on shelves, and they stand the tear and wear of room decoration better than most plants. Those in the smaller pots do well in cold frames, when kept rather close and well syringed, and closed up with sun-heat rather early in the afternoon. In this way, and with comparatively little care, they make beautiful little berried bushes, and well repay the care bestowed upon them.

In spring, when the berries begin to shrivel, diminish the amount of water for a short time, and if a little rather dry heat can be given them to ripen the wood, so much the better: after this, prune them in freely, and place them in a newly-started vinery or Peach-house. Syringe them well two or three times a-day, and they will soon break into numerous young growths; and when fairly started, turn them out of their pots, carefully reduce their balls a little, and put them into pots a size larger, returning them to the same quarters. They will soon grow rapidly, and if inclined to become straggling, pinch the points out of the young growths. When they come into full bloom, cease syringing and give more air, and nearly every bloom will set. By autumn they make splendid plants, loaded with fruit almost as large as Cherries, and are most useful for ornamental purposes of every description.