Title: The standard cyclopedia of horticulture; a discussion, for the amateur, and the professional and commercial grower, of the kinds, characteristics and methods of cultivation of the species of plants grown in the regions of the United States and Canada for ornament, for fancy, for fruit and for vegetables; with keys to the natural families and genera, descriptions of the horticultural capabilities of the states and provinces and dependent islands, and sketches of eminent horticulturists
Year: 1916 (1910s)
Authors: Bailey, L. H. (Liberty Hyde), 1858-1954
Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Co. [etc., etc.]
Contributing Library: UMass Amherst Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: UMass Amherst Libraries
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lest being simply scattered in drillsas peas or beans are sown. At first the soil should besomewhat lighter than later on, and must always be keptfree from weeds and well cultivated. The young bulbsshould be planted early, and when annual lifting ispractised they should be the first to come out of theground. From an economic point of view it is doubtfulwhether the so-called Dutch btdbs can be successfullyjiropagated and grown in America. The extremely lowcost of labor, and the rapid increase of stocks in the soiland climate of Holland, together with the fact that thesecret of ripening the bulbs to perfection is knownthoroughly only by the Dutch, makes it improbablethat bulbs can be grown as well, or with a reasonableprofit, here in America. Hints on buying and selecting bulbs. As already said, bulbs can develop only the flowerswhich were formed within them before they were ri-pened. A bulb may be poor because not full-grown or tooyoung, or becau.se grown in im))overished soil or under
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XX. A border of hardy bulbs BULB BULB 595 uncongenial conditions, or because it may not havebeen matured when dug; or it may be injilred from heat-ing, sweating, rotting or moldiness in storage or transit,caused by improper curing or packing, or it may bedried out from having been out of the ground too long.In the majority of cases in which poor bulbs are planted,however, it is the buyers fault in procuring cheapbulbs, which in many cases are second grades, lackingage antl proper size. The commoner varieties of a spe-cies usually propagate the fastest, and it is generallythese less salable varieties and inferior seedlings and cull-ings from the named bulbs that go to make up inostmixed colors and mixed varieties. Therefore, forbest results, it is advisable to expend a given amountof money for the fii-st-size named varieties, rather thanfor a larger quantity of cheaper seconds and mixtures,unless, of course, the bulbs are wanted for large perma-nent plantings, as in promiscuous borders
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