Image from page 22 of "Plant culture; a working handbook of every day practice for all who grow flowering and ornamental plants in the garden and greenhouse" (1921)
Publisher: New York, A. T. De La Mare co., inc.
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pieces which the half-inch sieve retain put into an inch sieve. Thiswill give the second size, and what is left will answer for pieces toput over the holes in the bottoms of the pots. All three sizes shouldbe kept in separate boxes, or divisions on the potting bench, handyfor use. In crocking, spread out a number of pots on the bench, take apiece of broken pot about twice the diameter of the hole in the bot-tom of the pot, place the concave side of the crock directly over thehole. If the pot is a small one, a few of the smaller-sized crocks overthe larger pieces will be sufficient; but if a 6-inch pot, or larger,is it best to arrange a few large pieces around the first piece, finishingoff with smaller ones. On top of the crocks, to prevent the soil from getting amongthem, either during the operation of potting or from being washeddown afterward, sphagnum moss is often used, although this isnot the best material for the purpose^ as it is apt to retain moisture GENERAL CULTURAL NOTES 19
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Campanula persicifolia alba.—See page 180 This plant is commonly known as Peach Bells, being a biennial, the seed is sown one yearbut the plants do not bloom until the next, but after this the plants cannot be depended upon to bloom again. 20 PLANT CULTURE to a greater extent than the soil above it. Half decomposed leavesare preferable. WATERING. This is the most important work that falls tothe lot of the plant grower. It cannot be learned by reading a paperor a book on the subject, and the man who wields the watering can,or hose, no matter how intelligent he may be, will water plants foryears after a fashion, and yet have a great deal to learn. Aboutall that can be said on the subject is to water a plant w^hen it needsit. The trouble lies in knowing when it needs it. The operatorshould first know the plant, all about it, where it comes from,whether it inhabits a bog or a mountain top, whether it is rapid orslow growing, its natural periods of growth and rest, and the sameunder cult
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