Title: The American florist : a weekly journal for the trade
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Identifier: americanfloristw37amer (find matches)
Year: 1885 (1880s)
Authors: American Florists Company
Subjects: Floriculture; Florists
Publisher: Chicago : American Florist Company
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Ficus ParccUi. cultivation for nearly a quarter of a cen- tury it cannot by any means be termed a popular plant. It has leaves of a much thinner texture than those of the varie- gated rubber plant. F. elastica, and these are irregularly and prettily marked with white, the markings being in form some- thing like Hebraic or Mosaic characters. F. Parcelli is a native of some of the Pacific ' islands and likes rather more
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Alpinia Sanderi. warmth than the common rubber plant. It may be easily propagated by cuttings of the half ripened wood in a moderate bottom heat. Older wood does not strike so freely. Like most other variegated plants the color in the leaves comes out better when grown in a compost only moderately rich. Very rich compost leads to too strong a growth and the variega- tion disappears. The plants must also be kept free of insects if they are to look their best and a moist genial atmosphere helps a good deal along this line. The plant illustrated was shown by Wm. Rob- ertson, gardener to J. W. Pepper, Jenkin- town. Pa., at the Philadelphia show. Alpinia Sanderi. As will be seen by the illustration here- with, Alpinia Sanderi is a pretty decora- tive plant. It is prettily variegated with white on a green ground and the leaves are shorter than those of the well known A. vittata. For many years Sander & Son of England have been working along the line of raising ornamental foliaged plants and this is one of their introductions. Al- pinias are among the easiest of all stove plants to grow, throwing up their shoots from the base very freely. All that is needed is a hot, moist house, light sandy compost and, if the coloring is to be kept good, not too much pot room. They are pretty in a very small state, for filling baskets or dishes or may, by potting on, be grown to almost any size desired. Frequent spraying on fine days is necessary to keep the plants clean and to maintain the requisite degree of moisture in the air. Propagation is easily effected by shaking the plants free of all soil and cutting them up. Every piece of root with an eye to it will grow and make a plant. The cut portions may be placed in lines on bottom heat on the propagating benches, and kept constantly moist. When new roots form and young shoots are pushed up the divided portions may be potted singly, or if larger plants are needed several may be placed together in larger pots or pans. In fact the plants are so easy to handle, provided there is ample heat and moisture, tliat they can be used in almost any form. The plant illus- trated was grown by Wm. Robertson, gar- dener to J. W. Pepper, Jenkintown, Pa.,, and exhibited by him at the Philadelphia show. London. Azaleas sold well at Christmas in Co- vent Garden, the scarlet. Salamander, bringing $1.25 each. Jerusalem cherries made %Z per dozen and oranges in fruit from $1 to $2.50 each. Paper White nar- cissi sold slowly. Golden Spur was just coming in. Erica melanthera, fine speci- mens, went well at ?3.75 each, and small plants at ?6 to ?9 per dozen. Hydrange"a Dr. Hogg brought %Z to $4.50 per dozen, genistas and cinerarias $3, marguerites $2, all in 4-inch pots. Bulbous stock is in good shape. White hyacinths, three bulbs in a 4-inch pot, were worth $4.50 per dozen, tulips in boxes, 50 to 75 cents per box. Wills & Segar purchased 100 dozen of these, the pick of the market, from J. Bruckhaus. In cut flowers there was a novelty, di- rect from South Africa, called the white chinkerenkerhee. On the bulbs, which sold for 35 cents per dozen, were flower spikes 12 to IS inches long. Henry Miles says they will keep a month with the bulbs in water. Chrysanthemums, All- man's Yellow and W. H. Lincoln, also Willcock (bronze) sold well. Lilium longi- florum and L. rubrum were flrm at 60 cents to $1 per dozen, while roses, such as Mme. Chatenay, Kaiserin, Bridesmaid and Liberty, were worth $1 to $1.75 per dozen, the best price being for Liberty. Lily of the valley sold well, but at lower prices than last season. S.
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