The ten weeks' stocks are beautiful summer flowers, favorites with all. Their cultivation is very simple; for sowing seed and after-care see Aster. They embrace many and varied colors, from crimson to purest white.
We grew for many years a pure white strain of the ten weeks' stocks which made a handsome dwarf pot plant, as well as being useful for the flowers, but there is not now the same use for it.
Ten Weeks' Stocks.
The intermediate and East Lothian stock is much raised in Europe for winter blooming. Sow in August and September, and as soon as the seed leaves are formed put into 2-inch and shift on and flower in 5-inch, and if wanted for spring use keep in coldframe.
The Brompton stock is the most handsome of all, and where it does not freeze more than 15 degrees in winter it is a grand flower. 1 have seen spikes of the Brompton that I am sure were more than a foot long and three inches in diameter, and in a cottage garden. It is a biennial, and if attempted here should be sown in August, wintered in a cold-frame and planted out in spring. In a more temperate climate it should be planted in the border in October.