The Country Gentleman, 14: 63 (28 July 1859)


This favorite section of our favorite family of flowers, requires little description. It is a well marked group, and much admired by our lady amateurs. The only drawback to the popularity of the Tea Roses is their inability to withstand exposure in northern latitudes during the winter season. They bloom constantly, and their fragrance and delicate tints impart a charm to them which belongs to no others. Like the Bengal or Indica, of which the Tea Rose is but a variety with peculiar fragrance, they are from a country with much a higher range of temperature than our own. They resemble the Bengals much in their foliage and habit. A few varieties are easily cultivated, and have become by cultivation almost inured to this climate, requiring only a little protection. Many choice sorts are quite scarce among our florists, and even in Europe the supply of such as Niphetos, Souvenir d'Un Ami, David Pradel, Vicomtesse de Cazes, Louise de Savoie, Madame Sylvestre, &c., is not equal to the demand. As we have not in these articles entered into a full discussion of the details of cultivation, &c., we shall only add that the Tea Rose requires green-house culture during the winter season, with plenty of air and a limited supply of water; they are impatient of close air and stagnation of the circulation of water through the soil in the pot. The soil should be moderately rich and friable, composed of equal parts, or thereabouts of rich loam, decayed leaves, or other well decomposed manure, or rather compost, with a little sand and charcoal to keep the whole porous. Of the most popular sorts we would name here Devoniensis, Gloire de Dijon, Niphetos, Yellow Tea or Flavescens, David Pradel, Souvenir d'Un Ami and Triomphe de Luxembourg. B.

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