|Cactus Flagelliformis or
Creeping Cereus, Generic character: Icosandria Monogynia. Grows spontaneously
in South-America, and the West-Indies, flowers in dry, quite warm places
early in June. It is tolerably hardy, and will thrive even in a common
green-house, that has a flue to keep out the severe frosts.
It is superior to all its
congeners in the brilliancy of its colour, nor are its blossoms so fugacious
as many of the other species.
No plant is more easily propagated
by cuttings; these to be laid by in a dry place for a fortnight, or three
weeks, then to be planted in pots, filled with a mixture of loam and lime
rubbish, having some stones laid in the bottom of the pot to drain off
the moisture, and afterwards plunged into a gentle hot-bed of Tanners bark,
to facilitate their rooting, giving them once a week a gentle watering.
This process to be done the beginning of July. It is seldom that this plant
perfects its seeds in this country.