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Cuttings made in March, and now well rooted, may be turned out of the pots into a well-prepared border. If designed for winter blooming, pinch off the flower shoots as soon as they make their appearance. They may need a second pinching in July, but generally once is enough. If bloom is desired in the open ground, allow the flower stalks to grow, and keep them carefully tied up to stakes. Those to be removed into the dwelling or green-house should be carefully taken up early in October, with a ball of earth, placed in seven or eight inch pots, and well watered and shaded for a few days -the flower stalks to be tied up as they grow.
Plants so treated by the writer last season, commenced to bloom the latter part of December; and now, May 15, have some buds yet to open. We give a short list of some of the best varieties: La Purite, Flat-bush, De Fontana, Madame Vernay, Unique, Brightness, Astoria, President Degraw.
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An amateur from Des Moines, Iowa, having complained of ill success in rooting cuttings of carnations or pinks, though successful with fuchsias, geraniums, coleus, and begonias, he is advised as follows by 1 he Agriculturist:
"The varieties he succeeds with we all find to root quicker than the carnation or pink, but not more surely if the proper conditions be observed. These conditions are, that the plant of carnation or pink from which the cuttings are taken must be in a healthy growing condition. The temperature of the sand of the propagating bench in which the cutting is inserted should range from sixty-five to seventy-five degrees, and the atmosphere fifteen degrees less. The sand must always be kept moist, and great care must be taken that neither sun nor draught of air strike the cuttings long enough to wilt or shrivel them, for if once shrivelled nearly all hope of rooting them is gone."