Vegetable plants grown outdoors in the South are shipped to all
parts of the country. They are grown cheaply and usually withstand
shipment and resetting very well. They may not always be as good
as home-grown plants, but they save the trouble of starting them
in the house or in a hot-bed.
Plants of beets, brussels sprouts,
cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, onions, peppers, and tomatoes are
extensively grown and shipped; tomato, cabbage, and onion plants
make up the bulk of the shipments. The plants are usually wrapped
in bundles of 50 each and shipped by either mail or express.
Tomato and pepper plants are packed with a little damp moss
around the roots, but onion and cabbage plants are usually packed
with bare roots. Shipments involving large numbers of bundles are
packed in ventilated hampers or slatted crates and usually are
sent by motor-truck or rail express.
Shipment's by air mail and air express are increasing.
The disadvantages of using southern-grown plants are the
occasional delays in obtaining them and the possibility of
transmitting such diseases as the wilt disease of the tomato,
black rot of cabbage, and disorders caused by nematodes.
State-certified plants that have been carefully inspected and
found as free of these troubles as can be reasonably determined
are available. Southern-grown plants are now offered for sale by
most northern seeds men, by mail-order houses, and often by local
hardware and supply houses.
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