An old-time favorite which has never lost its popularity. Large plants are magnificent for porch-decoration in summer. In winter they can be stored in the cellar. Bring to the light in March, and apply water freely. Very shortly growth will begin. Flowers will be produced in enormous cluster at the extremity of each new branch. Feed well at flowering-time, and be sure to give all the water needed. Its roots are plentiful and small, and take up large quantities of water very rapidly. Therefore it is an easy matter to think it is getting enough when in reality it is suffering for more. Its rich rosy carmine flowers are almost as beautiful as Roses.
Soil required-sandy loam. Look out for scale.
This is one of the plants that requires considerable room to develop in. Therefore give it a place in the plant-room if possible, if winter flowers from it are desired.