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.
"I beg to send you a report of a small plant of Hoya carnosa, Which has flowered three times with me this summer, each time having from thirty to forty trusses of bloom. I have counted thirty-three trasses fully expanded at once. The plant is grown in a six-inch pot, and is about fifteen inches high from the rim, and nine inches through, merely coiled round some sticks. Perhaps you, or some of your readers, will oblige by giving us an account of their experience with this fine old plant?" - J. Calgate, Gardener to W. F. Wool-by, Esq., Campden House, Kensington.
[There are several accounts in previous volumes of how to bloom this fine old plant. Plenty of light in summer, then moderate water, all the sun possible in autumn, and curtailing water, giving no more than will keep the thick leaves from drying until showing bloom next spring, are the principal things. We consider you have been extra successful with such a small plant].
"I have a Hoya carnosa, which has blossomed twice this year, and which has produced one seed-pod from the first bloom. Two or three years back, I had a dozen or more seed-pods. Will you tell me if this Hoya can be propagated by seed? and, if it can, whether there is any chance of a variety?" - J. Flax.
[The seeds will grow easily enough; but there is no chance of the seedlings varying from the type; nor would there be any merit or improvement, if they did. There is no Hoya yet like the old carnosa, when grown first-rate, with a thousand clusters of flowers overhead, and a drop of honey hanging from at least 10,000 of the flowers. We did once Bee it so, and only once. It was planted in a rich new border, at the back of a large stove. The back wall was fifteen feet high and forty feet long, and two thirds of all this brickwork was covered with the good, honest old Hoya, and trained horizontally, as regularly as the joints of the bricks].
A new and striking species, lately received from the Island of Noesa Kambangan, to the south of Java. The flowers equal in size those of H. imperialis, but are of a pare white; the foliage is • elliptic, and rather downy.
"Splendid when top-worked, and perfectly hardy, bat tender and indifferent when root-grafted."
A correspondent in the West writes us very naively thus: "On the subject of humbugs, I must confess I rather like them; they give employment to a large class of ingenious persons denominated quacks, who are fit for no other occupation; and it is a beneficent provision of nature that has constituted the inside of the skulls of a certain portion of the human family to be preyed on by these parasites." A very benevolent view, indeed, but it might be wished there were not quite so many. When, however, hundreds of dollars are daily expended in America by advertising astrologists, one can hardly say that all the gulled are dead yet.