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In the absence of every particular of the circumstances under which your Grapes were grown we cannot give you a satisfactory answer. The Grapes, however, had evidently never ripened thoroughly, and this, no doubt, had something to do with the stalks giving way so badly.
The following will suit your purpose:
No. 1, Euonymus latifolius; No. 2, Euonymus japonicus; No. 3, Berberis, - but we cannot say which. To a great extent we are compelled to guess-work in the case of specimens sent to us as you have sent yours. If you will send again packed in a little damp moss, in a tin box that the postman cannot smash, we will be able to judge more correctly. Send larger specimens.
1. Clematis, Mrs Batemau; 2. Clerodendron fallax; 3. Tydaea, but cannot say which, there being so many varieties; 4. Rivinia humilis; 5. Davalia hemiptera; Adiantum caudatum.
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We cannot recognise the specimen sent, especially as it is so dried and shrivelled up. Plants sent to us to name should be sent in a small box, surrounded with a fresh vine or other similar leaf. Sent in dry material in an ordinary envelope, they are not in a fit state for examination.
The young growths of your Dendrobium should be encouraged to come from the base of last year's growths, and not from their tops. To this end remove those from the top as soon as they appear, unless you want them for increasing your stock, in which case leave them till they begin to throw out roots.
When you comply with our rule by sending your name and address, we will reply to you. Allow us here to protest against sending specimens of diseased Vine-roots up and down the country. There is little use in trying to get disease and pests stamped out in the face of such a practice, and we hope all concerned will be considerate and cautious in this matter.
A Solanum, but we are not certain which species. A mere scrap is in nine cases out of ten not sufficient by which to recognise a plant, especially after it is so wasted by the post.