Be always very careful when watering, particularly with the early varieties, and a good look over the bench before you begin will make you aware of spots in the bed that may go another day or two. There is more danger of overwatering in the early stages of their growth, when the soil is not crowded with roots. Up to time of setting buds they grow fast and vigorously and must be well supplied with water. While forming buds less water is needed. And then again till the buds show color they want plenty of water. Liquid manure is seldom given till after the buds are selected. I have often noticed that where all parts of the bench were watered alike, the outside rows came into flower considerably earlier than the interior plants. The outside rows getting more light and air dry out quicker, thus hastening bud formation. By care in keeping the bench at an even degree of moisture you can bring in a crop evenly, which is a consideration, both as to price you get for your flowers and your ability to clean up the bench for succeeding crops. Syringe during the growing season once or twice a day, as the weather may require, but always allow the foliage to dry before night.
In using liquid manure do not apply when the soil is very dry. If applied after a moderate watering there is less danger of overfeeding and feeding should be discontinued entirely after the flowers show color. In concluding these remarks on watering I will say when you do water be sure that it is enough to wet the soil clear through to the boards of the bench, or bottom of the pot, as the case may be. When you have acquired the science of watering and practice it carefully, wisely and faithfully you will have gained about seventeen points out of twenty towards being a good gardener.
A Type of Good Commercial Flower.