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Rahmlow, H. J. (ed.) / Wisconsin horticulture
Vol. XXX (September 1939/July-August 1940)

Wisconsin horticulture, vol. 30, no. 7: March, 1940,   pp. [177]-208


Page 196

 
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, dzauĆ½~ 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 
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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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