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.
It has long been our impression, that many trees and plants introduced from abroad, as well as grown by skillful American growers, would be hardy were they not over-stimulated in their growths either by artificial heat or rich manures, or both, to an extent that softens and expands the tissues beyond their natural order. Our attention has now been drawn to this point again, and we therefore write this paragraph, from reading an account where the grower succeeded in growing fine plants of a certain variety, but could not keep them long, or make them endure changes of temperature, while a plant which by chance had got neglected and left to grow in a poor soil and position continued to grow and flower abundantly and apparently healthy, but with not so fine an appearance or large size of foliage or bloom.
Sincerely, we wish some inducement could be offered for experiments with many of our rare evergreens, etc., by placing them in positions and soils where moderate growth could be secured while they ripened their tissues as they grew.
We have no doubt that many reports from different sections, of a new variety of grape or tree proving tender, arises from the over-exertion the plant has made while young, as well as by the extra care and stimulus of rich soil, etc., given it by the receiver.
"Crying their Eyes out." - This term we have frequently heard used by Germans when speaking of the bleeding of vines from pruning at the wrong time. Lately, we paid a visit to a vineyard of Concord vines about four years out, when the application came at once home to our mind. The vines were strong canes well grown, and the canes laid in very handsomely upon the wires, leaving from three to five buds upon a cane. They had wintered perfectly; but being pruned late in the spring, nearly every cane had lost two or three of its last or extended buds by reason, as we fancied, from bleeding, literally having " cried their eyes out."