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.
In growing these favorite plants, amateurs will need to remember a few hints suggested by experience. Professional gardeners have this as their creed:
1. A good, warm greenhouse.
2. Plenty of light.
3. A good thrifty plant to begin with.
In making up the earth to put them in, take this as your composition:
Turfy loam, two parts, well rotted; cow-manure, one part, well rotted; coarse sand, one part.
Mix all together by hand; use charcoal at the bottom for draining; even dry rotten moss to cover over the charcoal is useful. Plunge the pots in a bed of tan or leaves (a good bottom heat must be kept up constantly); keep the bed damp, water the plants sparingly, and never allow a drop of water to touch the foliage.
This little item seems a very small matter, yet, with some gardeners, it is kept as a profund secret.
The following is a good list of six varieties, of different shades of color:
1. Sophia Dumaresque. - Broad golden margin, dark crimson zone. Strong grower.
2. Lady Cullum. - Broad rich leaf, dark zone, margined with scarlet and gold.
3. Louisa Smith. - Green foliage, margined with gold, and red dark zone.
4. Mrs. Pollock. - Fine, large green leaf, overlaid by a beautiful bronze and red zone, edged with red, margin golden yellow.
5. Sunset. - Golden margin, broad dark zone, shaded with scarlet.
6. Italia Unita. - Leaves margined with white, bright carmine zone.