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The craftsman
Volume XXVII, Number 5 (February 1915)

Our friends, the plants: how we can grow them and what they can do for us,   pp. 498-507 PDF (3.3 MB)


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OUR FRIENDS, THE PLANTS
always be moments when the inanimate room bores ,
but never a time when a plant lifting up its branches for
ing time will not win your response, your desire to aid i
its triumph.
    Indeed, a very cold, bare and plain room can be m
 inviting by the introduction of a few blossoming pt
 summertime they connect you with the garden, in th,
 shut you away from chill and frost; with color and fi
 welcome your friends.
    And as a matter of truth, they are one of the best me
 training that can be imagined, because you cannot
 plant and have it live, you cannot be whimsical wit]
 it one day and starve it the next, you cannot treat
 hope for forgiveness. It demands, in fact, a very
 standing. You will find this out if you ever put plants i
 of a child; plants and little animals can do more to I
 children to a real understanding of generosity, patience
 than all the precepts ever uttered.
    They are in no sense of the word an expensive luxi
do demand thought and care. Of course, blossoming
brought from the florist, and with no more care than
watering be made to last a week or two, but plants raise
bulbs or clippings require a continual, intelligent nu
are as sensitive as children to cold draughts, must be :
washed occasionally and their little peculiarities given
attention, but they more than repay for any expendi
   Plants out of doors experience great changes of
of light and of shade. Those in the house to be healthy
variation to keep them in the best condition. Their
room must be changed occasionally, now a bit of quii
a bath of direct sunshine. They must have plenty of
not be left in a draught; light also is a necessity to their I
can do without direct sun, but never without plenty
without light the foliage will be but a sickly, pale g:
plant lack vitality enough to produce blossoms. The le
washedl:occasionally with soap suds and rinsed with c.
keep them free from dust and parasites. They requi
repotting to allow fuller root growth and to provide fr
which they may feed. At such times the old soil shoul(
carefully so that the roots will not be injured and
sifted soil added. Unless this attention is given the
become pot-bound, too firmly packed for growth; the e
left open and porous, not allowed to become sour.
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