The cultivation of the Calceolaria from the seed, requires a little extra care in the early state of its culture. To insure success in the raising of seedlings, it is requisite to attend to the following directions as early as possible. The seed should be sown in pots, prepared in the following manner: The pot to be half-filled with drainage, over that rough sittings of the mould, and the surface covered with soil as fine as possible, half of which should be composed of silver sand. When prepared thus, it should be watered with a fine rose, immediately after which sow the seed carefully, without any covering of soil. The pots should then be placed under a close frame or hand-glass, in a shady part of the garden, no artificial heat being required. In large establishments, of course, they may have propagating or other houses that will do, where the same kind of moist tempera-ture could be obtained; but any exposure to the sun must be carefully guarded against by mats or paper. If the situation is of proper temperature, they will require watering very seldom.

Directly the seedliugs are strong enough, they must be pricked off in pots prepared as before, and placed in the same situation; from the store pots they will require to be potted off singly; after this the plants will grow very rapidly. Through the winter, the plants thrive well on the shelves, near the glass, in the greenhouses; and to obtain fine specimens, they must be shifted on freely till the flower-stalks have started, and should always be smoked with tobacco directly the green fly appears, as no plants in cultivation so readily suffer from this insect as the Calceolaria.

It is necessary to remark, that one of the most frequent causes of the appearance of these injurious insects, is the plant becoming root-bound; to avoid which evil, it is important that it should frequently be repotted during the growing season.

These remarks will apply also to the cultivation of the Cineraria, except that this plant is more hardy, and will thrive with less care.