Rahmlow, H. J. (ed.) / Wisconsin horticulture
Vol. XXX (September 1939/July-August 1940)
Wisconsin horticulture, vol. 30, no. 7: March, 1940, pp. -208
W WISCONSIN HORTICULTURE Mrs. C. E. Strong TESTS OF VITAMIN B, WAS rather more amused than interested when those first ar- ticles on Vitamin B1 came out. Daffodils as large as sunflowers really did not appeal to me, but the statement that it prevented the wilting of plants during trans- planting was something quite dif- ferent. Just imagine if we could eliminate the wilting of plants when transplanting. Why, the garden of our dreams would be- come a reality. Is the garden club coming to view our borders? Arc there many vacant places? That's nothing to worry about, just rush to market or nursery and buy blooming plants to fill the spaces. Soak the roots in a Vitamin B, solution, plant and water. Presto! Everything is lovely. Just imag- ine how smugly we would listen to the awed and admiring com- ments of those club members on the unbroken expanse of bloom in our garden. Seriously, however, I was in- terested, and decided to try some of this B,. Not being at home, was somewhat hampered in the experimenting. However, my sis- ter had some house plants that were at a rather sad stage, so we decided I really could not make them look much worse. When the Vitamin B, arrived, a Solution was made up. First we trans- planted a part of an Oxalis in the usual way without B,. Then an- other was planted with the Vita- min, placing both planfs in a sun- ny window. The one without the one was not quite dead, but al- Vitamin promptly wilted and stayed in that condition for sev- eral days-many of the leaves turned yellow. But the Vitamin treated plant stood up as fresh Th fM~d, dzauý~ 0W"f ale deUl- as though it had never been moved. Though all the soil had been shaken from the roots, none of the leaves turned yellow. Results on Roses Two rose bushes in pots were next chosen. Both looked as though they would not mind any- thing that could be done to them. Both had only a few sickly green leaves. One was watered with the Vitamin - one with just water. In about ten days the Vitamin treated rose began to send out thrifty red-green shoots and at the end of six weeks was a healthy looking bush. The other most. Several Begonias were tried out in the same way. The results were about the same, plenty of good foliage and quite a bit of bloom. We gave all the Cactus doses of the Vitamin B1. They seemed to pick up almost at once, making new growth, as well as giving promise of bloom. Their root growth was remarkable. Six weeks is not. long enough to tell much about what this Vitamin B1 can do, but it was an interesting experiment, and one that I want to carry on, especial- ly along the transplanting line, with shrubs and plants, as well as 196 March, 1940 with seedling plants of annuals and perennials. Have seen no evidence of plants growing so rapidly that they took possession of the house! Per- haps my habit of digging up plants to see how they grow may have hindered a more rapid top growth. But you see, that is how I knew the cactus were making such a nice root growth. By the way, do you know that cactus will make wonderful root growth in a mixture of peat and sand? Cuttings of cactus, rooted in this mixture, then planted in pots filled with the same, grew to be large sized plants in a very short time. If You Have Room, Try These Amelanchier Canadensis, (June Berry) A graceful tall shrub, with drifts of snowy white bloom early in spring, very hardy, one of Wisconsin's very best native shrubs. Redbud or Cercis - its small rosy lavender blooms appear be- fore the leaves literally covering the branches. Well worth grow- ng. Years ago the Smoke tree was a favorite in many gardens. When in bloom its tiny feathery flow- ers covered the bush-they look- ed like clouds of smoke. Had al- most forgotten how attractive it was, until at a Flower Show the seed heads were used with the seed sprays of the yellow Cle- matis for a winter arrangement. This was so lovely, it brought memories. Why do we not growv this very attractive shrub? And lo-I found it listed in a 1940 catalog. It likes a dry sunny lo- cation.
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