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.
The insignificance of this plant under bad treatment, may cause many to question its great beauty as a decorative plant In my mind, as a greenhouse climber for winter flowering it has few equals, commencing early to put forth its blossoms and continuing them without intermission till late in the spring. Perhaps the following notes of its treatment here may not be uninteresting to a portion of your numerous readers. The plants when received from the nursery were good, established plants, in 5-inch pots. As soon as obtained (october 31) they were shifted into 11-inch pots using two-thirds turfy loam to one-third rotten manure, with sand to make it porous. The pots were well drained - a point of considerable importance. A few slight wires were strung on each side and over the doorways, and as the growth proceeded, carefully tied to them. The first flowers expanded November 20, since which time it has gradually extended its branches, bearing a profusion of flowers. The house has been kept as near 50° medium night temperature as circumstances would allow. The mo6t healthy plant (occupying the warmest part of the house) covers a considerable space, and has often nearly a hundred blossoms open at one time. The more they are cut for boquets, the faster the succeeding flowers open.
Its long footstalks render it an excellent flower for this purpose, while the color of its flowers (bright orange-scarlet) make it an acquisition of no mean importance at this season of the year, when every flower has a charm. The plant is materially assisted by occasional waterings with diluted manure water.
This species does not seed freely, but strikes readily from cuttings, which may be struck in the spring and kept growing out of doors during summer, and flowered in its winter quarters early in the fall. As a summer climber in the open border, it has a great tendency to grow too strong to flower freely, which may be somewhat counteracted by keeping it stinted at the roots.