Mr. Geo. A. Burroughs, of Providence, R. I., brings to our attention a newly invented flower-pot that has some excellent points.

Every reader of the Gardeners' Monthly knows by this time that it is just as essential that the roots of plants should have air as well as water; but, as flower-pots are generally made, the roots get water, but seldom get air. In fact, the plants so easily get water logged that air is out of the question, and the plants actually smother, or we may more properly say drown, for want of proper drainage. The florist gets along fairly well. He sells his plants before they get large, and the over supply of water manages to get through the sides of the porous pots, if it cannot through the stuffed-up hole at the bottom. When the first-class plant grower wants to be sure of growing a good specimen, he has to take a small pot and invert it inside the larger one so as to provide for the proper aeration of the soil.

Mr. Burroughs provides a movable bottom, which is sufficiently above the bottom to always insure an air space. For house culture, where we do not want to have water slopping about, we must have saucers. He has so ingeniously contrived a saucer that the water will get into it and still permit a hole in the centre.

Fig. I illustrates this - a section of pot; D, movable bottom; G, saucer. It will be seen that there is no hole in the middle of the pot, as usual. The water finds its way down the sides of the pot, around the rough edges of the movable bottom. The absence of the hole in the middle affords the opportunity for introducing a useful idea to successful practice. There may be a worm in the pot, ants, fungus on the roots, decay of some kind, or we may simply want to know if the plant would be better re-potted. For this he invents a standard which can be thrust into the bottom, lifting the earth up, and allowing the pot to remain at the bottom, so that we can use both hands in the examination. In the usual way the flor ist inverts the plant, knocks the pot up, and can use neither hand till he gets rid of the pot, and then only one. Fig. 2 shows the standard, and Fig. 3 the standard in use, with a pot of Gloxinias as an illustration. Mr. Burroughs has not rested with inventing these useful appli ances, but he remembers that pot plants are often used for decorating dinner tables, and for room orna■ mentation, when it is desirable that there shall be dirt around, so he invents a porous plate(Fig. 4) to place on the top of the pots. This also serves another good practical end.

In warm rooms, where gay parties meet, the evaporation is so very great that often the earth in the pots dries out before the plant can get back to the greenhouse. The plate, therefore, acts as a mulch, preventing the warm air from reaching the earth easily, and of course checking evaporation.

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Fig. 1.

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Fig. 2.

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Fig. 3.

The inventor claims that these combinations of inventions afford no less than thirty-five advantages over the ordinary pots, and that he has so annihilated the many of the difficulties of window plant culture especially, that there is really little left but pleasure in growing house plants. Certainly it has great merit, and as the getting plants ready for such culture is particularly seasonable just now, we think we are doing our readers a service by giving some account of this invention a prominent place.

The inventor calls his pots the Paragon.

Since the above was written we note the sub-stance has been also given to the American Garden, and we make the explanation lest our esteemed contemporary should suspect us of copying without credit, a vice we endeavor always to avoid being guilty of.

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Fig. 4.