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A good illustration. I have seen larger bunches, but as a rule, I think they range below rather than above this representation.
Thomas M. Ixias are from the Cape of Good Hope. They must be allowed to rest during several months. Withhold water from them as soon as you perceive the end of their leaves turn yellow. You need not re-pot them more than once in five or six years; they generally bloom better than when disturbed every year. Leaf and decayed vegetable mould with some white sand will grow them well.
Those cultivators who have a house kept at a temperature of not less than sixty degrees at all times, should grow a selection of Ixias; they are a beautiful class of tropical evergreen shrubs, which flower at all seasons of the year, and the plants, when well grown, are handsome when out of flower, but it is indispensable to grow them in peat. We never saw a satisfactory Ixora potted in loam; like most other hothouse plants they are liable to be infested with insects, but are worth all the attention required; these plants are standard exhibition plants in England.
Pray send the flower or fruit. The leaves are not a sufficient guide always. Is it an annual 1
The thirty-inch long cucumbers, without spines, came in good order. They are quite remarkable as having been grown in a frame without artificial heat and an excellent kind, are received.
Samples of this apple have been sent us by Benjamin Borden. It is a seedling growing by the side of a fence in Middletown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, on land of Jane Richardson, from whence its name. It is a medium-sized, good-keeping apple, and we are inclined to think it an acquisition. If Mr. B. will forward us a few grafts, they shall be judiciously distributed.
Favorable reports regarding this bean reach us from several quarters. In New Jersey it produces well, growing on a woody shrub, about two feet in height, and producing from seventy to eighty white beans, perfectly round, and of the character of a pea, which it was first called. They are so prolific that it is supposed an acre of land may produce eighty bushels.
This is a singular fruit, of no value as a dessert sort, but exceedingly valuable as a cooking pear, having very much of a quince-like flavor. It can be kept long into winter, with no more trouble than potatoes; and like long-keeping winter apples, brought forward whenever a dish of fresh stewed pear fruit is desired. For preserving, it is also valuable on account of its highly aromatic character, which can hardly be submerged, even by use of a large amount of sugar.
Its origin was by Gideon Ross, of West-field, N. J., from seeds found in the trunk of a nephew who died on his way home from Japan. It bears early and abundantly, and the tree is a strong grower, with broad, nearly heart-shaped, foliage.
Fig. 34. - Japan Pear.