By John E. Bryan
John Bryan's great revision to his unique magnum opus released in 1989 — chosen by means of the yankee Horticultural Society as one of many seventy five nice American gardening books— offers extended insurance of a few 230 genera and a surprising variety of species, forms, and cultivars. Genera are taken care of with element acceptable to their value, with info on heritage, category, tradition, propagation, pests and illnesses, makes use of, and species and cultivars. distinct encyclopedic plant listings are complemented via an both finished pictorial presentation. not just are there greater than 1100 colour pictures — many displaying the crops of their traditional habitats — yet there also are forty three colour reproductions of botanical illustrations from 19th-century problems with Curtis's Botanical journal and different guides, taken from the author's wide assortment.
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Allow about 90 days to flowering time and plant the last crop some 90 days before the first expected frost. In warmer areas, where little or no frost is expected, they can be grown throughout the year. About 120 days should be allowed from planting to flowering during the fall and winter months. If large flowers are desired on dahlias, the number of buds allowed to develop per stem is restricted by removing most of the buds as soon as they are large enough to handle. Those bulbs that are in continuous growth, such as begonias and dahlias, will benefit from feedings of liquid fertilizer each month.
It is essential that the highest percentage of seed sown results in plants suitable for the garden or for sale. Thus the elements necessary for germination must be provided to ensure success with the rather limited number of seeds available to the seedling raiser. The three essential requirements are moisture, warmth, and air. Only when all three are met will the process commence. Light is a requirement only after the seedlings have germinated. Moisture is needed to soak the outer seed coat so the root and shoot can break out of the hard coat.
If this is not feasible due to weather or other reason, the stock should be stored under refrigeration at around 38° to 40°F and kept covered with sheets of newspaper to prevent loss of moisture from the bulbs. LAYERING Lilies that have a tendency to produce bulbils, including those with Lilium lancifolium and L. speciosum in their parentage, and hybrids with L. xhollandicum and L. dauricum, can be layered. In this procedure, the stem is jerked from the bulb when the stem is just coming into flower.
Bulbs by John E. Bryan