This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
This graceful plant is not half so much grown as it deserves to be, its peculiar habit of growth rendering it an object worthy of a place in any collection; it, however, requires great attention in respect to insects, as the mealy bug increases very rapidly upon it It will grow well in a mixture of well chopped turfy peat and loam. If grown in richer soil it runs to wood, and there are scarcely any flowers. It may be propagated by cuttings, which are struck with facility in bottom-heat; when they are rooted they should be potted off into small pots, and placed in a moist stove, and kept under a glass daring their growth, if the stove is very dry; they should then be shifted, as the pots become filled with roots, until they are put in the pots in which it is intended they should flower. Some persons tie up their plants to stakes, but it is much more healthy and beautiful when left to grow in its natural state. During its growth, any of the coarse shoots which often spring up should be cut out, as they spoil the appearance of the plant.
Under this treatment, it will produce its beautiful flowers freely, and form an extremely ornamental plant The plants are generally greatly exhausted after their flowering season, and do not make such good plants when grown over again as those will that are grown from cuttings. Its flowers last for a long time, but during its growth any straggling flowers that should show themselves should be picked off, as they are liable to weaken it, and injure its regular flowering. - Gardeners' and Farmers' Journal.