This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In addition to the notes published on page 195, of the July Monthly, relative to the Ipomcea noctiphyton, I would say that I obtained a plant from Mr. Henderson last season. It was planted out early in May in a rich deep border, and trained up a pillar, which on account of its rapid growth it soon covered. In this situation it flowered freely all summer. On the approach of cool weather it was cut back, taken up and potted and removed inside where it grew but little all winter. This season, early in May, I again planted it out in the flower border. It has grown freely and promises an abundance of bloom in a short time. I may here say that it was given a winter temperature of from 550 to 6o°, and water was given as often as necessary, but as it was potted in as small a pot as possible no inducement was offered it to grow in the winter, the object being to preserve the plant for another summer season. I am under the impression that this plant was first distributed by Mr. Henderson and trust that he will favor the readers of the Monthly with some information as to its history and correct name.
I consider this plant as a very desirable addition to our list of summer climbers for outside decoration; for if strong and healthy plants be placed in a well enriched deep border they will with a little care and attention as to training soon cover an immense space with both foliage and flowers. If grown in light or sandy soil a good mulch of coarse or littery manure, applied as soon as the plants commence to grow, will be found to be of great benefit if dry weather sets in.
Queens, N. Y, July 5th, 1884.