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Cranefield, Frederic (ed.) / Wisconsin horticulture
Vol. I (September 1910/August 1911)

Wisconsin horticulture, vol. 1, no. 3: November, 1910,   pp. [1]-16 PDF (7.5 MB)

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                            Official Organ of the Wisconsin State Horticultural
Vol. 1                                          November, 1910          
                                 No. 3 
         PROF. J. G. MC ORE. 
  Probably no flowering plants are 
more appreciated   during   the late 
winter or early spring months than 
the so-called Dutch bulbs. Of these 
bulbs the hyacinths and narcissus 
are two of the best for indoor culture. 
While it is a comparatively easy 
matter to grow these plants success- 
a much less cost than the named 
varieties. With hyacinths, however, 
it is preferable to buy in separate 
colors as where the bulbs are mixed 
as to color, unsatisfactory results are 
likely to occur on account of inhar- 
monious color combinations. 
  In selecting bulbs, care should be 
exercised to see that they have not 
become dried out. A bulb which is 
soft when pressed between the thumb 
plants should be a sandy loam which 
is comparatively rich. If it is im- 
possible to secure such soil, it can 
readily be prepared by taking the or- 
dinary garden soil and mixing with 
it a sufficient amount of sand and 
leaf mould to make it comparatively 
  The size of the receptacle in which 
the bulbs are to be grown will de- 
pend very largely upon the number 
fully, nevertheless a great many meet 
with failure or only partial success. 
In this article we shall try to give 
simple  directions as  to  the  best 
methods for securing good results. 
  The first factor which    niust he 
taken into consideration in the fore- 
ing of any bulb is the character of 
the stock with which we are to start. 
Inferior bulls always produce infer- 
ior flowers. It is necessary, there- 
fore, if good results are to be ob- 
tained, to secure first-class bulbs. This 
loes not necessarily mean that the 
bulbs must be high priced for the 
mixed bulbs may be just as good 
flower producers, and be secured at 
      Hyacinth Field at Lisse, Holland 
and finger will not give satisfactory 
results. Another thing to note is 
the weight of the bulbs in compari- 
soi to their size. The heavier the 
b,,ul) the more likely it will be to 
produ c   large  numbhers  of   good 
  There are two distinct methods of 
forcing bulbs in the home, i. c., soil 
culture and water culture. 
  Soil Culture. Soil culture of these 
plants is usually much more satisfac- 
tory than water culture, particularly 
for the later blooming sorts. The only 
objection is the increase in amount 
of work which is necessary. The soil 
for the growing    of good   bulbous 
which it is desired to have together. 
Mass effects of three to five bulbs in 
a single receptacle are usually much 
more effective and require propor- 
tionately less work than where only 
a single bulb is used. Five to six 
inch flower pots are sufficiently large 
to carry the bulbs of the hyacinths 
and most of the narcissus group. If 
pots are not available, then pans may 
be used, but these usually give less 
satisfactory results on  account of 
poor drainage facilities. In making 
up at six-inch pot of bulbs, the follow- 
ing is indicative of the procedure: 
]lave the soil well mixed and suffi- 
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