For many years, when I was doing a retail plant business, I grew a small number of Ste-phanotis floribunda, and occasionally succeeded in selling a plant, and that only to persons who had used the perfume so named. Upon inquiry. I never found a person who had met with any degree of success. They finally threw them away on account of the mealy bug taking possession. It is a well known fact that mealy bug is the bane of Stephanotis.

My recent experience and treatment, followed now for two years in succession, should give an uninterrupted supply of the finest and largest flowers, equal to single tuberoses, during the summer season; hence my object in writing this communication, so that all lovers of plants may have Stephanotis flowers if they wish.

It is now three years since I took possession of Mr. J. H. Bass's establishment. In one of the houses I found a large Stephanotis running about near the glass - in fact, going wherever it chose to go, a few small flowers in clusters here and there, with mealy bugs by the legion. As soon as I could get at it, I had the plant taken down and laid under a tree on the lawn. We finally cleaned it and placed it in another house. The mealy bugs attacked it again in full force, and continued to do so all fall, winter and spring. I resolved to do something desperate with it - either kill or cure. I took a stout stick, five or six feet high, and nailed a cross-piece on the top, forcing it into the pot. I then hung the plant over the cross-piece, and tied it wherever necessary, top-dressed it with rich earth, and moved it into the full force of the sun. The consequence was the whole plant began to assume a new and healthy appearance. In a very short time new shoots started in every direction. Many of these I nipped after they had grown about a foot. But, what was more pleasing and satisfactory, in the axils of both the new and old wood clusters of flower buds made their appearance. As soon as a portion of them had expanded I moved the plant to the front of the house.

It soon became a mass of flowers, and attracted a great deal of attention and inquiry from passers-by. After its season was over, I removed it back to where it had formerly stood in the spring, and early in the fall moved it into a large house, where the thermometer went frequently down to 450. There it stood all winter. Last spring I top-dressed it and placed it in its old position in the sun. It made flower buds earlier than last year. Flowers are much larger, and now at this writing it stands in front of the house on the steps, as much admired as ever. Although its principal display of flowers from the old growths has passed, the young growths are blooming finely. If by writing this sketch of my treatment of a very worthy and highly fragrant flowering plant,based on my two years' experience with it out-of-doors,should be the means of attracting attention to it as a summer-blooming plant, my object will be accomplished. No mealy bugs need apply. There has been none on it since it first went out-of-doors.

[There was a good fairy once that told a good little boy he could have just what he wanted by wishing for it. The Editor must have been very good, and have had a fairy hovering over him, for only a lew weeks ago he was wishing that some one who had found out how to grow Stephanotis in this country would write and tell all about it. No bride wants orange blossoms for her hair if Stephanotis can be had. The fragrance is about the same; and then the petals, while being as white and waxy, are not likely to fall apart as orange blossoms are.

The florists in the Old World who manage to grow the plant properly always make money by their cultivation, and the Covent Garden market report on cut flowers always quotes these flowers at enormous prices. The amateur lover of good things, as well as the trade florist who reads the Gardeners' Monthly in search of some new idea to make money out of, will both thank Mr. Lyne for his article. - Ed. G, M].

Wm. Lyne says: "In an article sent you and published in Gardeners' Monthly for September, I described my treatment of Stephanotis floribunda, and confined myself to that plant in particular. Mr. Albert Momme queries in October number, and is quoted as saying: 'Mr. Lyne says by exposing the plant to the full effects of the air and sun the mealy bugs are kept off entirely, and no mealy bug need apply.' I do not wish to be understood as saying or using such language as that quoted. But I do say, that since the plant was placed out of doors to take its chances in the full glare of the sun, it has revived and assumed a very healthy appearance for two seasons. It has been kept for two winters in a house badly infested with mealy bugs. I have just examined it at this writing, as it stands in its winter quarters, and find it entirely free from the pest, all of which I attribute solely to its robust, healthy condition; hence my remark, * No mealy bugs need apply.'

"In relation to the Editor's foot-note regarding the heavy rains washing off the insects, that would hardly apply with us this last summer, as the plant and vegetation in general had scarcely enough rain all summer to wash the dust off.

"For the information of Mr. Momme, I will state that our plants, when set out for the summer, are not troubled with mealy bugs. The trouble with us commences after the plants are taken in".