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.
Among a small collection of choice Hyacinths, forced the past winter, in glasses, in a common room, I had one that I deem worthy of note. It was a Grand Vain-queur, or single white, and had flfty-flve distinct flower bells, growing on a stout stalk of a foot in height. For water growth this was extraordinarily fine. F. Hall. Elmira, March 18, 1852.
Messrs. Thorburn & Co. will please accept our thanks for a choice assortment of Hyacinths, Narcissus, Nerines, etc., all sound and beautiful bulbs, such as may al-> ways be found at their store.
Messrs. Thorburn will please accept our thanks for a choice collection* of bulbs. We have never seen any finer.
After blooming, these are generally thrown away. We can grow them in this country as well as the Dutch; and the way to keep up a stock is to have three beds, and let them follow one after the other: No. 1, for offsets and weak bulbs; No. 2, for bulbs that have flowered, and are removed from glasses and pots to finish growth and ripen; No. 3, for bulbs to use next season for display. They should never be allowed to bloom in these preparatory beds. - Ibid., p. 174.