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 would like to have information on a few subjects which I think would be valuable to a number of your readers, else I would not ask the space in your journal.
It is the general belief in this part of the country, that apple trees must be grown from cions taken from bearing trees in order to have them bear early. That if grafted from young or nursery trees, they will be a long time in coming into bearing. Now I think this all bosh, but want better authority than my own opinion.
What's the matter with my carnation cuttings, that they won't root? I have very good success with florist and other pinks, pelargonium and other plants requiring a greenhouse temperature, but have failed to root the carnation satisfactory. I take the cutting soft enough to break if bent, cut it about 1 1/2 inches long, insert it in the sand which generally stands at 60, though sometimes a little higher. I have some in the bench now which have been in nearly two months, and nearly all have grown over an inch, yet there is not more than 10 per cent of them have rooted. Please have some old florist give us the mode of cultivating the carnation. Thanks for Halliday's piece on the violet, such information is very valuable to me.
Lastly, I wish a thorough description of the mode of propagating the grape under glass. Does it require special houses, or will our common ridge and furrow plan, and hot water pipes be sufficient? Is it green or ripened wood that is used?
By answering the above you will greatly oblige a would be Topeka, Kansas. Propagator.
The attention of the Warsaw Horticultural Society has been called to the fact, that there is already an Illinois Pippin, and the propriety of giving the Seedling apple so named some other name, to prevent confusion. At the meeting of our Society this day, the subject was called up, and a motion to reconsider the naming of the apple referred to having prevailed, it was unanimously decided to call it Wythe, in honor of its birthplace. I regret exceedingly that this blunder was made, but it may be possible that there may yet be time to make the correction so it may appear correctly in the Horticulturist.
A. C. Hammond. Warsaw, III., January 21, 1873.