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The Pračtical Parts of H US BAN D R Y;
and the Method of Making and Preserving W IN Es,
Abridg’d from the Two Volumes lately Published in Folio.
/ Tigma manet divini gloria ruris."
Printed for the Author, and Sold by C. Rivington,
when, in March, they must be carefully transplanted into Beds of the like Soil, at about ten Inches square each way, observing to water them in dry Weather, as also to keep them clear from Weeds: in these Beds they may continue two Years, by which time they will spread so as to meet each other; therefore you must in March remove them either into the Places where they are designed to remain, or into a Nursery, allowing them three Feet Distance Row from Row, and eighteen Inches asunder in the Rows; being careful, in taking them up, not to break or bruise their Roots, which would endanger their Growing ; and in dry Weather give them some Water until they have taken Root ; and lay some Mulch upon the Surface of the Ground, to prevent its drying too fast, and be careful to cut down the Weeds between them. These Plants may also be propagated by Layers, or Suckers taken from the Roots of old Trees. But the latter Method is by no means adviseable ; because the Plants raised that way are seldom so well rooted, and are very subjećt to produce Suckers, whereby the Shrubs are rendered unfightly. The former Method may be pra&tised, in order to preserve the particular Kinds: but as they are so easily propagated by Seeds, which generally produce the handsomest Plants, and there will be a Chance to obtain different coloured Flowers that way, it is generally preferred to any other Method. They will also take by Inarching, whereby the several coloured Flowers may be obtained upon one and the same Tree; and by this Method, that Sort with variegated Leaves
require very little Culture, but only to clear them from Weeds, and to dig the Ground about them every Spring; and if there are any decayed Branches, they may be at that time cut out; but they will not require any other Pruning. The sixth and seventh Sorts are tender, coming from a warmer Country: these may be propagated by Seeds, which should be sown on a Hot-bed in the Spring; and when they are come up, they should be transplanted into another moderate Hot-bed to bring them forward: afer which they must be planted into Pots filled with fresh light Earth, and plung’d into a Hot-bed to encourage their Rooting ; and in June they may be exposed to the open Air in some Place, where they may be defended from strong Winds: but they must be housed early in Autumn, when they should be placed in a warm Green-house, where they will endure the Winter very well without any artificial Warmth : tho' indeed they will make but very little Progress in this Management, nor will they ever produce Flowers, unless they are, in the succeeding Spring, placed into a moderate Bark-bed in the Stove, where they will thrive exceedingly: and if a due Proportion of Air be given to them, that they may not draw up too fast, they will produce Flowers in the Autumn; but unless they have the Assistance of a Fire, they will scarcely ripen their Seeds in England. These Plants were originally brought from China, where they are greatly admired, not only for their Beauty, but also for an odd Circumstance in their Flowers, which is, their changing Colour at B 2 different