Recently we took occasion to express our belief that pithy celery was due rather to some defect in culture than in seed or variety, without denying that there might be a greater tendency in some variety to this defect than in others. We note that one of the most practical contributors to the Journal of Horticulture is of this opinion. He says:

" I may explain to beginners that 'pithy' celery is that which developes freely and promises well, but is altogether deceptive, as the fine-looking leafstalks, instead of being firm and solid, may be pressed together with the finger and thumb like a sponge. Celery of this kind is never relished on the table, and what is worse it will not keep, as it soon absorbs a great deal of moisture and decays quickly. It is impossible to remedy this now, but those who know little or nothing of it may have a better chance of noticing it at present than any other time. Many causes have been published from time to time as to the production of pithy celery, some thinking it was a question of too old seed, others too young seed; but in my opinion the seed has nothing to do with it, neither has the variety, as one is just as liable to become pithy as another. The soil in which the plants are grown is the sole cause of it so far as I can observe by experiment, and I would undertake to produce celery either pithy or not in any season".