This section is from the book "The Gardener V3", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
Another grand berried plant for winter decoration, - for many of these, besides their fine clusters of bright berries, have foliage almost equal to Crotons in richness of colouring. When grown in 6-inch pots, they are most serviceable dinner-table plants, as well as very effective in vases, baskets, and on conservatory shelves. When past their best in the spring, the best way, when larger plants are required, is to shift into larger and well-drained pots, using the same soil recommended for Solanums. Plunge them out of doors in a sheltered situation, but where they can have plenty of air and full sun. By plunging a few male plants amongst them, and using a camel-hair brush when both blooms are in a proper condition, there is little difficulty in getting a good set of berries: sometimes the male blooms are open when the females are not, in which case preserve the pollen in tinfoil paper, by which means it can be kept for a long time, and the female blooms impregnated with it as they expand. Attend to them very carefully throughout the summer with water, and when the weather is dry and warm let them be well syringed at least every other evening, and in autumn they will be fresh and beautiful in leaf, and well studded with berries.