Succession plants that were shifted into their fruiting-pots in March will now be growing rapidly. Great care is now necessary in watering and regulating the ventilation of these, so as to produce a growth that shall not be stunted on the one hand, nor too succulent on the other. The soil should just be kept as steadily moist, but not wet, as possible, and the same rule applies to the moisture in the air. As soon as ever the thermometer rises to about 80° in the morning with sun-heat, let air be admitted, and increase it by degrees till noon, when in steady warm weather there should be a free circulation of air about the plants, but always in conjunction with sprinklings of water about the paths, etc. It should be gradually reduced in the afternoons, shutting up with a sun-heat of 85°, allowing it to decline to 70° through the night. Avoid the yet too common practice of heavy syringings overhead but dew the plants gently with a fine rose syringe at shutting-up time. In the southern parts of the kingdom fire-heat may be nearly entirely dispensed with after the longest day, if the weather be warm and summer-like, and everywhere its use should now be at its minimum.

Sun-heat should be made the most of by shutting up early, merely applying fire enough to prevent the temperature from sinking below 70° towards morning. Where the bottom-heat is supplied from tan and leaves, see that it is not allowed to shrink from the side of the pots, exposing them to a circulation of air, which renders more frequent watering necessary. Unless during excessively bright sun do not shade these growing plants. We would rather have the leaves of a slightly brown tinge from exposure to bright sun, than have them green and too succulent from overshading. Most of those that started into fruit early in spring will be ripe this month. Gradually decrease the moisture in the soil and air as soon as they begin to colour generally; but avoid by all means a starving-into-ripeness process, especially should bright sunshine prevail, but give as much water as will keep the functions of the plant healthy and active till the fruit is half coloured, when no more should be given. A more liberal admission of air is conducive to high flavour. When more fruit are ripe at any given time than are required, they can be stored away on the plants in a cool fruit-room, where they will keep a long time: when kept in this way the suckers should previously be taken off and potted.

That portion of the stock intended for supplying ripe fruit in autumn should start this month, and if growing in light houses or pits, and they have been rested in May, as formerly directed, there should not be much difficulty in starting them if subjected to increased temperature and moisture now. Those intended for starting in July should now be kept cooler and drier for a time, but avoid starving them, so as to cause their leaves to shrink. Give to all fruit that are swelling off a high temperature and moist atmosphere, and a steady supply of water at the root. Where young suckers are forming reduce them to two on each plant.