. The Book of gardening; a handbook of horticulture. Gardening; Horticulture. 596 THE BOOK OF GARDENING. Imported plants may be potted up as soon as received, but it is as well to use only crocks to secure the plants until rooting commences; the top crocks may then be removed and replaced by the material advised above. Sticks sufficiently strong should be affixed, so that the plants may be held in position until they have become established in the potting material. This plan also adds to the neatness and appearance of the plants if carefully done. Very little water is required at the roots whe

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. The Book of gardening; a handbook of horticulture. Gardening; Horticulture. 596 THE BOOK OF GARDENING. Imported plants may be potted up as soon as received, but it is as well to use only crocks to secure the plants until rooting commences; the top crocks may then be removed and replaced by the material advised above. Sticks sufficiently strong should be affixed, so that the plants may be held in position until they have become established in the potting material. This plan also adds to the neatness and appearance of the plants if carefully done. Very little water is required at the roots when the plants first arrive—only suffi- cient should be given to maintain the bulbs in a plump condition — but after rooting has commenced they may be more liberally treated. As regards procuring Cattleyas, the most satis- factory and interesting way is to buy imported plants. The majority of species grow and flower freely for a few years, 'often under most un- favourable conditions ; so that those inclined will be enabled to ascer- tain during that period the requirements neces- sary for their successful culture- There is also a great amount of interest to be derived from watching the plants develop their growths; this increases after maturity, and when the flowers are out of the sheaths, each one being anxiously watched in the expectation of forms of sterling merit making their appearance. Such forms are just as likely to turn up with the humble buyer as they are in experienced hands, for no one can tell what a particular plant may turn out until it flowers. It has been my good fortune to procure a white form of Cattleya labiata, as imported, for less than ios., which has already realised considerably over ioo guineas.. Fig. 377.—Cypripediuh caixosum Sandems.. Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally enhanced for readability - coloration and appearance of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original w

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