The very bright and really warm weather experienced during the latter half of May and the early part of June, caused Pines in all stages to make rapid progress, and they have well made up for the little progress they made after being shifted, owing to the coldness of the spring. Should the weather be as it generally is in July - sunny by day and warm at night - the necessity for fire-heat to keep temperatures sufficiently high for Pines will be almost entirely superseded - in some localities at least - by the more natural and invigorating heat of the sun. At the same time, if a period of dull, wet, and comparatively cold weather should occur, careful attention must be given to the atmosphere of pineries, and the pipes should be heated so as to keep the air from becoming stagnant and the heat from sinking much below the maximum temperature. Plants intended for fruiting next year will now be growing rapidly, and require to be very carefully and rather freely ventilated to prevent a weak and sappy growth.

By the end of this month, Queens intended for fruiting early next year will be large plants with their pots well filled with roots, and will require careful attention in the matter of watering, so that they do not get too dry, and remain so for many days at a time, or they may get a check that may cause them to start into fruit. The soil should be kept constantly moist, and liquid manure in a weak state applied at every alternate, if not every, time they require watering. On the afternoons of fine days these and all growing plants should be syringed with a fine rose at shutting-up time, but only moistening the foliage without causing much water to accumulate and stand in the axils of the leaves, or the production of suckers - in Queens especially - may be the result, and the energies of the plants become exhausted in the wrong direction. The night temperature may range to 75°, dropping to 70° by morning. It sometimes becomes necessary, in very scorching weather, to slightly shade Pines during the heat of the day, to prevent their becoming severely browned and wiry in growth. In doing this, let some thin material be used, such as hexagon netting or tiffany, and avoid the use of thick mats or canvas.

Early started Queens will now be all cut, and the suckers they have produced should be potted into 6 and 7 inch pots, according to their size. Pot them in fresh turfy loam, with a little bone-meal mixed with it ; plunge them in a gentle bottom - neat, and give them plenty of room. Shade them in the heat of the day until they have rooted and shown signs of growth, after which shade as little as possible, and air freely to produce stocky growth. Plants swelling off fruit will require to be constantly watched to see that they do not become over-dry : give them weak guano or ordinary manure water every time they need watering. Shut them up sufficiently early in the afternoons to run the temperature to 95° for a time, and load the atmosphere with moisture by damping all bare surfaces and syringing the plants overhead. Where more fruit are ripe than are required, a number of them can be removed to a cool fruit-room, where they will keep for several weeks in good condition. Avoid the too common practice of keeping the soil very dry when Pines at this season approach maturity.

Pine Forcing #1

The cold and sunless weather which has so generally been experienced all-through June and the early part of July has prevented Pines in all stages from making such progress as they generally do; and in consequence, stock intended for fruiting early next year should now have all the encouragement possible, so that they may well fill their pots with roots, and make well-matured plants before autumn. Let the night temperature for these range from 70° to 75°, according to the state of the weather. Keep the air moist, in proportion as the weather is bright and warm. Shut the pits up early in the afternoon, so that the heat ranges from 85° to 90° for a time. Put air on in the morning before the heat touches 80°, and gradually increase it till noon. Watering must be carefully attended to, never allowing the soil to become very dry. Colour the water with guano every time of watering. It is a good practice to water alternately with guano and sheep-manure water. Plants intended to make a growth in spring before starting - and which invariably produce the best fruit - should not be pushed on quite so rapidly, but have a temperature a few degrees lower.

Smooth Cayennes and other late sorts now out of bloom and swelling freely, must be encouraged with liquid manure and a moist atmosphere. Shut them up as early as it is safe to do so, in order to run the heat up to about 95° for a time, and so reduce the necessity for fire-heat for the night to a minimum. Give air freely to fruit that are ripening, and do not dry them off at the root, as is sometimes mistakenly done. Pines starved at ripening-time at this season are never so fine and juicy. If they are aired freely, they will not lack in point of flavour. Any portion of the stock that are well - rooted in 8-inch pots, should now be shifted into 10- and 11-inch pots, according to their strength, and be encouraged to grow freely for the | next three months. Pot suckers from plants that have ripened or are ripening their fruit. Put strong-growing varieties into 7- and 8-inch, and Queens into 6-inch pots : drain the pots well, and use a rather light loam. Plunge in a bottom-heat of 90°; shade for a few days, and keep the air close and moist until they root and begin to grow, when they must be aired freely to keep them stocky.