Those who have to keep up a supply of plants for house decoration, will find this Pteris a most useful plant. It is noways particular as to soil, so long as it is sufficiently open, though a compost of fibrous peat and loam, with a dash of silver sand added, will be found the most satisfactory. I prefer 5-inch pots to larger ones, the plants are so much more graceful grown in this size, and fit better into vases. It is well to keep growing on a few seedlings in a nice growing temperature to keep the supply fresh in appearance; a minimum of 50° to 55° is suitable, and, shaded slightly, the fronds come longer. As the plants get too large for house-work, they may be used to give variety to the conservatory. I mean to try how a few will do in baskets.

P. S. Cristata, and the other variety, Applebyana, are both fine for vases. The same treatment suits them as the normal type. They also produce seed quite freely, which may either be sown in pots or left to chance to germinate where they can find a suitable place. I find they come up like weeds, without any attention whatever. Scale is rather a troublesome visitor sometimes; it is of no use to clean those fronds which may be badly infested, as with the utmost care they get materially damaged. It is better to take off such fronds entirely, and keep a sharp look-out for any stragglers left. R. P. B.