Plants grown in the house are best kept in good shape by pinching the end buds of those shoots that grow too vigorously. This is much better than allowing a few shoots to grow until they need support, and then cutting them back.
In taking up plants from the garden for house culture, it is best to cut back at least one-half, and, after potting in good soil, water at once, and put in a cool, shaded place.
The plants which do best in a rather cool room, never below 350 or above 700, but averaging about 550, are Azaleas, Daisies, Carnations, Candytuft, Sweet Alyssum, Centaurea, or Dusty Miller, Chrysanthemums, Cinerarias, Camellias, Daphne odora, Feverfews, Geraniums, Petunias, Primroses, Sweet-scented Violets, Verbenas, and Vincas.
Plants requiring more heat, never below 50° or above 900, but an average of about 700, are Abu-tilons, Achyranthems, Begonias, Bouvardias, Caladiums, Cannas, Cape Jessamine, Coleus, Eu-patoriums, Fuchsias, Gloxinias, Heliotropes, Lan-tanas, Lobelias, Mahernias, Othonnas, Roses, Smilax, etc.
Plants that succeed well in the shade are Be gonias, Camellias, Ferns, German and English Ivies, etc.
Those that require a very rich soil or a more liberal use of manure or the Ammoniated Food are the Calla, Rose, and Smilax.
Plants grown in small pots bloom more freely than those grown in larger ones, but are more liable to injury from drying of the earth.