If the suckers most in need of shifting have not been shifted in the course of last month, no time should now be lost in attending to them. Do not force these into rapid growth until it can be done with less tire-heat and more light, otherwise they will produce attenuated weakly leaves which no after-treatment can thoroughly rectify. Do not let the bottom-heat exceed 85°, nor the night temperature be higher than 60° when the weather is cold, and 65° when mild. Under this treatment they will, for the present, make slow but compact sturdy growth, and will be taking to the fresh soil, and be in a fit state to push on as the season advances. Let them be aired more or less daily, according to the state of the weather, and on sunny days shut them up early, so that the heat can be maintained with a minimum of fire-heat. See to late autumn and midwinter potted suckers, and if they are dry, give them as much water as will thoroughly moisten the ball. By the end of the month soil and pots should be got ready for shifting these early in April. In cases where any of them have been subject to drip the last very wet winter, let them be singled out at once, and all the soil shaken from them, and potted into the same sized pot, using turfy rather light loam to encourage them to make fresh roots, and be ready to shift along with the others.

The temperature for these may now be increased 5° - to 65° - on mild nights. Any portion of the winter fruiting stock that may have been wintered in 8-inch pots should now be examined, and if well rooted, shifted into their fruiting-pots. Where it is an object to have a supply of ripe fruit by the end of May, the earliest Queens should be bloomed off by this time, and can be pushed forward with increased heat and moisture, especially on bright days when sun-heat can be husbanded. Sprinkle the paths morning and afternoon when the weather is bright, and the plants can have a very light dewing overhead on the afternoons of sunny days when the house or pit is shut up, when the heat may run to 85° for a time, allowing it to fall to 70° at night. The bottom-heat should range from 85° to 90°; and where the heat is derived from hot-air chambers, be careful, now that the plants are all in fruit and excited into growth, that the soil does not become too dry. When water is required, colour it with guano, or give them sheep or deer manure water.

The succession fruiting Queens intended to succeed those now started, may now be excited with a few degrees more heat and more moisture at the root and in the air, and if all is right, they should start by the end of this or beginning of next month. Late autumn started fruit will begin to colour by the end of the month. Give them more air, and keep them drier when colouring commences. Smooth Cayennes, and other late sorts intended for autumn fruiting, should still be kept quiet. Only they must not, now that the sun has more power, and more air is required, be allowed to be very dry at the root. Just keep them steadily on the move to prevent anything like a stunted condition.