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 California Horticulturist quotes the following experience in illustration of the above statement: "Two years since a gentleman residing in this city, imported a parcel of Holland Bulbs, consisting chiefly of Hyacinth, Tulips, and Anemones. He prepared a bed for them in a sunny exposure, and added sufficient of old cow manure, to make it half manure and half soil. In this bed he planted his Hyacinth and Tulips; we called his attention to the fact that Tulips do not require so much manure, and we expressed fear for his ultimate success. We have never seen a finer lot of Hyacinths in bloom in California than his, but the Tulips were a complete failure. This example vindicates an old-established rule, that' the Tulip will not thrive well in heavily manured soil, and even if it does the flowers will exhibit much inferiority in the various shades of color.' 'The best way to manage Tulips is to procure healthy bulbs, plant them without delay in deep loose soil, neither too sandy nor too clayey, selecting a sunny exposure, more so if possible than for the Hyacinth. They can grow with less moisture, too much of which promotes decay."'
"Fuchsias are among the most beautiful of our ' bedding-out' plants - but they require careful treatment to grow and bloom in perfection. They love a cool, shady, moist situation, and the noonday sun will wither their lovely bells. It is well to take them from the pots and plant in the most sheltered nook of the garden; the morning sun is favorable to them, and its last rays are not injurious. The Fuchsia is a gross feeder, and demands a vast amount of plant tonic - thus treated, their roots will strike deeply into the soil. Watering twice a week with liquid manure water, either of guano or stable manure, will increase their beauty and bloom. Cuttings should be struck at this season for spring blooming - and the large plants can be wintered either in dry sand or in boxes of earth. At the far south they will require no covering - can be allowed to remain in the open border all the year round. At their first introduction into England they were treated as 'stove' plants, but now they wander at their own sweet will over trellis or porch, and are as luxuriant as our trumpet or monthly honeysuckles; the birds build their nests in their boughs, and rustic seats are made from their stout stems! They love moisture, should be watered twice a day in a hot, dry season, at morning and night, never at noonday.
If planted under trees, the boughs should not be lower than ten feet, as it would impede the free circulation of the air. To make them grow bushy the tapering stems should be pinched off, and two branches will start forth. The different species possess different habits. One that naturally grows in a bushy form, cannot be forced into the shape of an umbrella, while the Speciosa and the Souvenir de Cheswick, etc., cannot be made to grow bushy. Plants will follow their characteristics unless very rigidly pruned and trained. With those of a bushy form, care must be taken to pinch off the innumerable side shoots which spring from nearly every leaf; these retard the blooming of the plant and weaken its growth. We have a Speciosa, six feet in height, which has bloomed constantly since February, and still puts forth new shoots and blossoms. Among the new varieties of the season are Marksman, a doublo variety of great beauty, Vainque de Puebla, a double white corolla veined with scarlet, which is rarely beautiful, and Carl Halt, whose crimson corolla is striped like a carnation. Thanks to our unknown friend, we have fine specimens of the three in full bloom. Heliotropes require all the sun and air they can receive.
They are natives of the Himalaya Mountains, and grow like rank weeds in a rich, sandy soil. They demand a generous culture, and frequent watering with liquid manure. The richer the soil, the more luxuriant the plant. They can be made to grow ten to twelve feet high".