A lady well known for her writings in connection with popular science, inquires: "For the sake of reaching general principles of wide interest in the study of natural history, I would like to ascertain the views of practical growers concerning the value of position with regard to seed. With this purpose in view, allow me to ask the following questions:

"1. Has your experience shown any difference as to the part of the plant from which you select your seed?

"2. If there should be a difference in favor of the main stalk, as compared with its lateral branches, what are a few of the families in which this difference is most conspicuous?

"3. Would your choice for securing vigorous growth be the same as that by which you would improve the quality of the fruit?

"4. If you wished to secure new varieties, from what part of the plant would you select your seed?

"5. Have you ever tried for several successive generations, the effect of planting seed from the top of the tree, say, for instance, in the peach, while at the same time a corresponding course of experiments was made with fruit from the lower branches? If so, what was the result?"

[Popular impression among cultivators is that there is some difference in quality in seeds from different parts of a plant. Some farmers are particular to get the corn from the middle of the best ears, and the largest and best tomatoes are saved for seed. But how far these impressions are warranted by carefully conducted experiments we do not know. Any thing from our readers would find a welcome place in our columns.

So far as the Editor's own experience is concerned he remembers but one careful experiment. It was with ten-week stock. An accident led to the belief that the seed from the central spike or shoot would give more double flowers than seeds from the lateral branchlets. On a test being made this was found to be actually the case. - Ed. G. M].

In answering the inquiry, page 279 September number Gardeners' Monthly. My early life was full of experimenting, improving and patenting in manufacturing agricultural implements; and when a few years since I retired to growing flowers, for fun, I naturally wanted to excel and have the best.

It is often my custom to save two selections of seed, planting of both separately. In Asters, its most marked result, - two years ago I selected and set apart my best Aster plants lor seed and saved the seed from six flowers only around and avoiding the central flower - the next year my Asters were better in being more uniform in size with larger flowers - when again I set apart my best plants and first selected seed from the six flowers as before, and then made a second selection by gather-ingtheseed from the remaining flowerson the plant, and last March planted of both lots of seed and gave like treatment during the summer. August l0th my Asters were blooming nicely; August 16th, 17th and 18th, I was induced and pleased to exhibit them at the Annual Meeting of American Florists, as a superior flower, (see page 36, September number American Florist) - and see the Aster-bed to-day September 2d. The firsts remain uncut, a mass of flowers now the fourth week in bloom, scarcely a flower turning old, their centers full double as at first, uniformly very large and beautiful; the plants also have improved in habit, are uniform in height with increased numbers of flowers, a very marked improvement over last year. All these flowers are being saved for seed.

The seconds, have proved inferior in both plants and flowers, the plants varying in height and numbers of bloom, with all sorts of flowers from very poor to good, small to large. These flowers have been cut as being unworthy for seed.

I have the Aster Comet under treatment. Such a beautiful flower needs a better habit, of which more anon next year.

4801 Lake Avenue, Chicago, III.