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Seeds should be planted during the spring months, either in boxes or pans filled with the description of soil as recommended in the previous article. The surface soil needs to be even, and then evenly scatter the seed over it. Cover the seeds to a depth of a quarter of an inch with a finely sifted mould. If early in the season, you may want to place the pans in hot beds, as this well help the seeds to germinate, but should not be kept there long, as this can also weaken the plant. 

With no artificial heat, seeds should be sown in May. The boxes or pan should be placed in the open, airy part of the garden, where they can be shaded from the sun from 10 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon. These pans need to have moderate moisture, but they should not be kept too wet as this can cause the plants may damp off or be injured. 

Once the plants have acquired six leaves, and stand about two inches high, they should be pricked out in rows about six inches apart. Keep them watered well until they have taken to root. During the beginning of October the plants will be need to be potted for wintering them through. 

Plant out in the spring, in a bed prepared as before directed. As soon as the blossoms can be seen, all the single sorts should be taken up and thrown away, to give the double ones more room to grow. The finer blossoms ought then to be selected for layering or piping.

Here are some vaities of flowers that will work well:
Carnations                                                       Picotees                        
Admiral Curzon,                                               Esther, 
Coriolanus,                                                       Prince Albert, 
General Simpson,                                           Amy Robsart, 
King of Carnations,                                         Haidee, 
Falconbridge,                                                  Ophelia, 
Acca,                                                                 Princess Royal, 
Squire Trow,                                                     Lamia, 
Valentine,                                                          Duke of Newcastle, 
Benedict.                                                           Ganymede.
The Fuchsia

Fuchsia is not a window plant in the standard sense, because it does not bloom in the winter. Its glory season is the summer. 
This plant is one of the best potted plant in terms of blooming. It has filling foliage and beautiful blooms and a stunning symmetry. All of the garden varieties are hybrids that have come from ancestors in 

South America and Mexico, as well as a New Zealand species. The first F. coccinea came from Chile shortly before 1800. 
This is an easy plant to grow and care for. It grows rapidly, and young cutting will turn into a large plant by autumn. This bold color and full foliage makes it great for setting next to statuary. Never let the plant stop growing until it has reached your desired size, and re-pot the plant as soon as the roots touch the pot, until it reaches a 12-inch pot. At this point it is ready for the window!

Be sure your plant gets plenty of light and air and be sure to turn it frequently so it does not grow one-sided, and fumigate if needed, to kill green fly. The best way to grow a young plant is pyramidal. Train the leading shoot, and if the plant is supplied with pot room and plenty of light, and has not heat enough to draw it out weak, it will form side shoots in abundance creating a stunning outline, the branches being allowed to take their own pendent form.

The fuchsia can also be grown on a flat trellis. Fuchsia is best kept over the winter in a dry cellar, free from frost. Keep them all but nearly dry. The beginning of March is the time to prune back all the side shoots, leaving only the upright stem. You should also prune the roots, repotting them in as small as pot possible to hold the roots. When the eyes break you can think them out, making sure to leave enough room for side branches.