American Florist 4(79): 156-157 (Nov 1888)
Is It a Theory?
A. M. Herr. Lancaster, Pa.

In the issue for October 15 [pp. 104-105] Mr. Craig attributes the healthy condition of his Perles [Perle des Jardins] to the fact that they were cuttings taken from imported stock. This is a fact that we will no doubt all eventually recognize; not that it is necessary to send to Europe for our stock, but that a constant interchanging between the growers of different localities will be a very great aid in keeping up the health and vigor of standard varieties of roses, carnations, etc.

It was, and perhaps is yet, a custom among English gardeners to exchange cuttings of geraniums, etc. in order to keep their stock from degenerating. Darwin in one of his works, which I unfortunately have not at hand for reference, gives a number of experiments in proof of this method of keeping up and improving the vigor of plants.

I have seen cuttings taken from the same plants, one lot by the owner and another by a florist from a different locality, and those taken to the different locality were vigorous and healthy to a remarkable degree, while those grown by the owner were weak, and before the season was over two thirds were dead. As both growers used the same methods it certainly looks as though the change in locality was the cause. This matter is worth observation and consideration.

Change of Stock/Seed/Conditions