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The Gardener, 1870

Excerpt from The Gardener, 1870: A Magazine of Horticulture and Floriculture The practice generally pursued is, to select a quantity of the finest of the earliest-ripened sets at the end of the year, which, even in a cool place, will then be starting into growth. These are potted singly into small pots, rubbing off all the buds except the earliest and strongest terminal one, and are then placed in a pit or any other structure where they can have a temperature of 55 and a slight bottom-heat. Here they soon start into growth, and when 3 or 4 inches high, they are shifted into 8-inch pots, in which they mature their crop. The soil used should be free, and water should be supplied moderately, or the tendency will be towards a drawn and sickly growth. As the tubers become fit for table they should be kept dry, otherwise they will be watery and insipid. In this way an early crop or two come in early before those in pits and frames are ready. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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