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 splendid plant has hitherto evaded many attempts among us to cultivate it. We find the following account of its treatment recommended in the Gardener's Chronicle: -
The handsome Lapageria rosea has been beautifully in flower. It was growing in a wide shallow pan, in which it is found to succeed perfectly. When the proper cultivation of this plant shall have become better known, it will rank among the finest of all greenhouse climbers.
A plant of this Lapageria has been blossoming most beautifully in the nursery of Messrs. Veitch, at Exeter, where it produces flowers every year in the greatest profusion. In that establishment it is planted out in the border of a cool house; a large hole was dug for it, and filled with plenty of good turfy loam and peat, leaf mould and sand, all well mixed together. A particular point in its management is stated to be that it likes plenty of water while in a growing state; in order, therefore/ to permit of this being given, the soil in which it grows must be thoroughly drained. In short, efficient drainage, plenty of water, a loose porous soil, and a cool house, are all that is necessary to insure this fine plant growing and flowering abundantly, as it should do. It may also be mentioned that the blooms will keep fresh and beautiful for a long time after being cut, even in a warm sitting-room, and thus is added one of the most beautiful of climbers to the list of plants adapted to catting for the banquets now so generally em. ployed in internal decoration.