John Baptista Porta
(Giambattista della Porta)
The Third Book of Natural Magick
"Which delivers certain precepts of Husbandry, and shows how to intermingle
sundry kinds of Plants and how to produce new kinds."
Chapter I - "How new kinds of Plants may be generated of putrefactions"
Chapter II - "How Plants are changed, one of them degenerating into the form
of the other."
Chapter III - "How to make one fruit compounded of many."
Chapter IV - "Of a second means whereby fruits may be mingled and compounded
Chapter V - "Of a third way, whereby diverse kinds of fruits may be
Chapter VI - "How a double fruit may be made, whereof the one is contained
within the other."
Chapter VII - "Of another device, whereby strange fruits may be generated,
and made either better or worse."
Chapter VIII - "How to procure ripe fruits and flowers before their ordinary
Chapter IX - "How we may have fruits and flowers at all time of the year."
Chapter X - "How to produce fruits that shall be later and backward."
Chapter XI - "How we may cause fruit to grow bigger then their ordinary
Chapter XII - "How to produce fruit that shall not have any stone or kernel
Chapter XIII - "How fruit may be produced without any outward rinds or
Chapter XIV - "How to procure fruits, to be of diverse colors, such as are
not naturally incident to their kind."
Chapter XV - "How the color of Flowers may also be changed."
Chapter XVI - "How fruits and Flowers may be made to yield better flavor
Chapter XVII - "How to procure fruits to be sweeter and pleasanter for
Chapter XVIII - "How fruits that are in their growing, may be made to
receive and resemble all figures and impressions whatsoever."
Chapter XIX - " How fruits may be made to be more tender, and beautiful, and
goodly to the eye."
Chapter XX - "How diverse kinds of fruits, and likewise Wines may be made
Chapter XXI - "How to plant Fruits and Vines, that they may yield greatest
We have rehearsed concerning different kinds of new living creatures. Now I
shall speak of plants, which ravish with admiration the eyes and minds of
those that contemplate on them, with their abundant pleasantness, and
wonderful elegance. These bring more profit, and by these a natural
Philosopher may seem more admirable. For use made with the earth, is more
honest and honorable then with other things, and the ground never grows old
or barren, but is everywhere naturally rank to receive new seed, and to
produce new, and is ever unsatisfied fruitfulness, and brings perpetual
increase. And if nature be always admirable, she will seem more wonderful in
plants. Copulation was but of one kind, here it is almost infinite, and not
only every tree can be Engrafted into every tree, but one tree may be
adulterated with them all. Living creatures of diverse kinds were not easily
produced. And those that come from other countries were hard to get. Here is
no difficulty at all. Grafts are fetched and sent, if need be, to any part
of the world. And if diversity of creatures are made in Africa, by their
Copulating when they meet at the rivers, that so new creatures are always
produced, here in Italy, where the air is always calm, and the climate very
indulgent, strange and wild plants find a good harbor, and ground to grow
in, which is the mother and nourisher of all, and so fruitful to produce a
diversity of new types of plants, that it can hardly be exhausted. And we
can better write of them, and know the truth more then others, because we
have them still before our eyes, and an opportunity to study their effects.
And if our ancestors found many new things, we by adding to theirs, have
found many more, and shall produce more excellent things overpassing them,
because daily by our art, or by chance, by nature or new experience, new
plants are made. Diodorus writes, that the Vine at first was but one, and
that was wild, but now by the help of Bacchus alone, from the quality of the
ground, the nature of the climate, and the art of planting, it is varied
into many kinds, that it were madness to number them up, and not worth our
time. Nature brought forth but one kind of Pear tree. Now so many men's
names are honored by it, that one is called Decumana, another Dolabelliana,
and another is named from Decumius and Dolabella. The same thing is observed
in Figs, of Livy and Pompey. Quinces are of many kinds, some called Mariana
from Marius, Manliana from Manlius, Appiana Claudiana from Appius Claudius,
Cestiana from Cestius. Their varieties have made the authors names immortal.
What shall I say of Laurel Cherries, found in Pliny his time? What of
Citrons? Which as Athenaues says, were too sharp to eat in the days of
Theophrastus, and the ancestors of Plutark and Pliny, but Palladius made
them to become sweet. What of the Peach, and Almond-peach nuts, fruits our
fore-fathers knew not, yet now are they eaten, being pleasant and admirable?
What of Clove-gilliflowers, that the gardeners art has made so dainty and
sweet scented? And so of other plants I have everywhere set down in this
work? Our Naples abounds so with them, that we would not go forth to see the
orchards of the Hesperides, Alcinus, Semiramis, and at Memphis, that were
made to hang above ground. But I shall briefly and plainly relate the
"How new kinds of Plants may be generated of Putrefaction."
S we have shown before, that new kinds of living creatures may be generated
of Putrefaction, so , to proceed in the same order as we have begun, we will
now show that new kinds of plants may grow up of their own accord, without
any help of feed or such like. The Ancients, questionless, were of
opinion that diverse plants were generated of the earth and water mixed
together, and that particular places did yield certain particular plants.
We rehearsed the opinion of Diogenes before, who held that plants are
generated of water Putrefied in itself, and a little earth tempered
therewith. Theophrastus held, that the rain causes much Putrefaction and
alteration in the earth, and thereby plants may be nourished, the Sun
working upon it with his heating, and with his drying operation. They write
also, that the ground when it is stirred, brings forth such kinds of plants
always, as are usual in the same place. In the Isle Creta, the ground is of
that nature, that if it be stirred anywhere, and no other thing, sown or
planted in it, it will of itself bring forth a Cypress Tree. And their
tilled lands, those that are somewhat moist, when they lie fallow, bring
forth Thistles. So the Herb Laser in Africa, is generated of a kind of
pitchy or clammy rain and thick dirt. And the Herb will show itself out of
the earth presently after the rain is fallen. Pliny said, that the waters
which fall from above, are the cause of every thing that grows upon the
earth, nature showing therein her admirable work and power. And many such
things they report, which we have spoken of in the books of the knowledge of
plants. And I myself have often experienced, that ground dug out from under
the lowest foundations of certain houses, and the bottom of some pits, and
laid open in some small vessel to the force of the Sun, and watered them
often with a little sprinkling, and found thereby, that a fine light earth
would bring forth Herbs that had Slight stalks like a Rush, and leaves full
of fine little ranges, and likewise that a rough and stiff earth full of
holes, would bring forth a slight Herb, hard as wood, and full of crevices.
In like manner, if I took of the earth that had been dug out of the thick
woods, or out of moist places, or out of the holes that are in hollow
Stones, it would bring forth Herbs that had smooth bluish stalks, and leaves
full of juice and substance, such as Penny-wort, Purslane, Senegreek, and
Stone-crop. We made trial also of some kinds of earth that had been far
fetched, such as they had used for the Ballast of their ships, and we found
such Herbs generated thereof, as we knew not what they were. Nay further
also, even out of very roots and barks of trees, and rotten seeds, pounded
and buried, and there Macerated with water, we have brought forth in a
manner the very same Herbs, as out of an Oaken root, the Herb Polypody, and
Oak-fern, and Splenewort, or a least such Herbs as did resemble those, both
in making and in properties. What should I here rehearse, how many kinds of
Toadstools and Puffs we have produced? Yes, of every several mixture of
Putrefied things, so many several kinds have been generated. All which I
would here have set down, if I could have reduced them into any method, or
else if such plants had been produced, as I intended. But those come that
were never sought for. But happily I shall hereafter, if God will, write of
these things, for the delight, and speculation, and profit of the more
curious sort. Which I have neither time nor leisure now to mention, seeing
this work is rustled up in haste. But let us see,
"How Toadstools may be generated."
Dioscorides, and others have written, that the bark of a White Poplar tree,
and of a black, being cut into small pieces, and sowed in dug lands or
furrows, will at all times of the year bring forth Mushrooms, or Toadstools
that are good to be eaten. And in another place he says, that they are more
particularly generated in those places, where there lies some old rusty
Iron, or some rotten cloth. But such as grow near to a Serpent's hole, or
any noisome plants, are very hurtful. But Tarentinus speaks of this matter
more precisely. If, says he, you cut the stock of a Black Poplar piecemeal
into the earth, and pour upon it some Leaven that has been steeped in water,
there will soon grow up some Poplar Toadstools. He adds further, if an
upland or hilly field that has in it much stubble and many stalks of Corn,
be set on fire at such time as there is a rain brewing in the clouds, then
the rain falling, will cause many Toadstools there to spring up of their own
accord. But if, after the field is thus set on fire, happily the rain which
the clouds before threatened does not fall, then, if you rake a thin Linen
cloth, and let the water drop through by little and little like rain, upon
some part of the field, where the fire has been, there will grow Toadstools,
but not so good as otherwise they would be, if they had been nourished with
a shower of rain. Next we will show,
"How Sperage may be generated."
Dydimus, writes, that if any man would have good store of Sperage to grow,
he must take the Horns of wild Ram, and beat them into very small powder,
and sow them in eared ground, and water it, and he shall have his intent.
There is one that reports a more strange matter, that if you take whole Ram
Horn not pounded into small pieces, but only cut a little, and make a hole
in them, and so set them, they will bring forth Sperage. Pliny is of
Dydimus opinion, that if the Horns be pounded and dug into the earth, they
will yield Sperage, though Dioscorides thinks it to be impossible. And
though I have made often trial hereof, but could not find it so to be, yet
my friends have told me of their own experience, that the same tender seed
that is contained within the Ram Horn, has produced Sperage. The same my
friends also have reported,
"That Ivy grows out of the Harts Horn,"
and Aristotle writes of an Husbandman that found such an experiment, though
for my own part I never tried it. But Theophrastus writes, that there was
Ivy found growing in the Hart's Horn, whereas it is impossible to think how
any Ivy seed could get in there. And whereas some allege, that the Hart
might have rubbed his Horn against some Ivy roots, and so some part of the
Horn being soft and ready to Putrify, did receive into it some part of the
root, and by this means it might there grow, this proposition carries no
show of probability or credit with it. But if these things be true, as I
can say or see nothing to the contrary, then surely no man will deny but
that diverse kinds of plants may be generated of divers kinds of living
creatures Horns. In like manner, may plants be generated of the Putrefied
barks and boughs of old trees. For so is,
"Polypody, and the Herb Hyphear generated;"
for both these, and diverse other plants also do grow up in the Fir trees
and Pine trees, and such other. For in many trees, near to the bark, there
is a certain Phlegmatic or moist Humor, that is found to Putrify, which,
when it abounds too much within, breaks forth into the outward show of the
boughs and the stock of the tree, and there it meets with the Putrefied
Humor of the bark, and the heat of the Sun working upon it there, quickly
turns it into such kinds of Herbs.
"How Plants are changed, one of them Degenerating into the form of the
To work miracles, is nothing else (as I suppose) but to turn one thing into
another, or to effect those things which are contrary to the ordinary course
of nature. It may be done by negligence, or by cunning handling and
dressing them, that plants may forsake their own natural kind, and be quite
turned into another kind, wholly Degenerating, both in taste, and color, and
size and fashion. And this I say may easily be done, either if you neglect
to dress or handle them according to their kind, or else dress them more
carefully and artificially then their own kind requires. Furthermore, every
plant has his proper manner, and peculiar kind of sowing or planting, for
some must be sowed by seed, others planted by the whole stem, others set by
some root, others Grafted by some Sprig or branch. So that if that which
should be sowed by seed, that which comes up will be of a diverse kind from
that which grows usually, if it be planted according to its own nature, as
Theophrastus writes. Likewise if you shall change their place, their air,
their ground, and such like, you pervert their kind, and you shall find that
the young growing plant will resemble another kind, both in color and
fashion, all which are clear cases by the books of Husbandry. Some examples
we will here rehearse. If you would change,
"A White Vine into a Black, or a Black into a White,"
Sow the seed of a White Garden Vine, and that which comes of it, will be a
Black Wild Vine, and so the seed of a Black Garden Vine will bring forth a
White Garden Vine, as Theophrastus teaches. The reason is, because a Vine
is not sowed by seed, but the natural planting of it is by Sprigs and roots.
Wherefore if you deal with it otherwise then the kind requires, that which
comes of it must needs be unkindly. By the like means,
"A White Fig tree may Degenerate into a Black,"
for the Stone of a Fig, if it be set, never brings forth any other but a
wild or a wood Fig tree, and such as most commonly is of a quite contrary
color, so that of a white Fig tree it Degenerates into a black, and
contrariwise a black Fig tree Degenerates into a white. Sometimes also, of
a right and noble Vine is generated a Bastard Vine, and that so different in
kind often, that is has nothing of the right garden Vine, but all nearly
wild. In like manner also are changed,
"The Red Myrtle and the Red Bay tree into Black,"
and cannot choose but loose their color. For these likewise Degenerate, as
the same Theophrastus reports to have seen in Antandrus, for the Myrtle is
not sown by seed, but planted by a Grafting, and the Bay tree is planted by
a setting a little Sprig thereof that has in some part of the root, as we
have shown in our discourse of Husbandry. So also are,
"Sweet Almonds and Sweet Pomegranates changed into sour ones."
for the Stones or Kernels of the Pomegranates are changed from their right
blue, into a baser color, and the Pomegranate itself, though it be never so
good, Degenerates into a hard, and commonly a sharp fruit. The Almond
Degenerates likewise both in taste, and also in feeling, for of a soft one
comes a harder. Therefore we are counseled to Grafting him when he is
prettily well grown, or else to change him and shift him off. An Oak
likewise will become worse. And therefore whereas the best grows in Cyprus,
and many have planted the same elsewhere, yet they could never produce the
like of that. In like manner, of the Kernel of the natural Olive comes a
wild Olive, (and that they say that the male Cypress tree for the most part
Degenerates into a female,) and in the process of time there is such a
change, that it agrees in nothing with the natural Olive, but is so stark
wild, that sometimes it cannot bring forth fruit to any perfection. Varro
"Coleworts are changed into Rape, and Rape into Coleworts ."
Old seed is of so great force in some things, that it quite changes the
nature, for the old seed of Coleworts being sown, brings forth Rape, and
contrariwise, old Rape-seed Degenerates into Coleworts , by labor also and
"The Corn Typha, and Spelt, are changed into Wheat, and Wheat into them,"
for this may be done, if you take them being of a thorough ripeness, and
Knead them, and then plant them, but this will not so prove the first nor
the second year, but you must expect the proof of it in the third year, as
Theophrastus shows. Pliny writes, that the Corn Siligo is changed into Wheat
the second year. So all seeds, either by reason that they are neglected, or
because there is some indisposition either in the earth, or the air where
they are, do often Degenerate from the excellency and goodness of their
kind, and become worse. Virgil has observed it. I have seen, says he, the
best and choicest things that were most made of, at length yet to
Degenerate, unless mans industry did yearly supply them with his help. So
fatal it is for all things to wax worse and worse, and still to have need to
be renewed. Galen's father, a man very studious of Husbandry, especially in
his old age, bestowed great pains and diligence to find out, whether the
annoyances of fruits, that which mars their pure goodness, did spring up of
itself, or arise out of any seeds of the fruits themselves, which did
Degenerate into other kinds. Wherefore he took the purest and the cleanest
Wheat and Barley that he could get, and having picked out all other seed
whatsoever, sowed them in the ground. And when he found much Tares growing
in the Wheat, but very little in the Barley, he put the same experiment in
other grain practice, and at last found in Pulse a hard and round Fetch, and
moreover, that the Herb Axesceed did grow among Pulse , by a kind of
Degeneration of the Pulse into Axesceed. So, unless it be prevented by
skill and pains,
"The Herb Ballamint will turn into a Mint,"
Wherefore it must be often shifted and translated from place to place, left
it so Degenerate, as Theophrastus counsels, for when a man does not look to
it and dress it, the roots thereof will grow very large, and thereby the
upper part being weakened, losses the rankness of his favor, and that being
lost, there remains in it but a weak smell, the very same in manner that is
in a common Mint. I myself have sowed Mint seed, and it has been changed
into wild Pennyroyal, I mean, in favor only. For the fashion of the Mint
remained still in it. Martial writes, that,
"Basil-royal Degenerates into wild Betony,"
if it be laid open to the Sun's hottest and greatest force. For then it
will bring forth sometimes purple flowers, sometimes white, and sometimes of
a rosy color. And it will not only Degenerate into Betony, but into
Ballamint also. Likewise the boughs of the shrub Casia, as Galen reports,
will Degenerate into Cinnamon. Likewise,
"Cloves, Roses, Violets, and Gilli-flowers, of purple, will become white,"
either by reason that they are old, or else if they be not well looked unto.
For Theophrastus records, that Violets, Roses, and Gilli-flowers, if they be
not well heeded, in three years will wax white, and the experience thereof I
myself have plainly seen. Neither yet will plants Degenerate one into
another, only in such case as where there is kind of vicinity and likeness
of nature, but also where there is not such vicinity, one plant may be
changed into another of a quite different kind. For,
"An Oak may be changed into a Vine."
Albertus reports, (if the thing be as true as it is strange, but let the
truth thereof lie upon his credit) he reports, I say, that Oak or Beech
boughs being Grafted into the Tree Myrica, is quite changed into it, and so
into the tree called Tremisca, which is a baser kind of wood. And likewise
if Oak boughs be set in the ground of Allummun, a place so called, they will
be quite altered into right Vines, such as their Grapes yield good Wine, and
sometimes the old Oaks, if they be pared, Degenerate into Vines. But we
must not think that this change is made while those trees or boughs last,
but when once they are Putrefied, and the nature of the ground works into
them, and changes them into Vines.
"How to make one Fruit Compounded of many."
As we heard before of diverse living creatures, that they might be mingled
into one, by Copulation, so now we will show also how to contrive diverse
kinds of fruits, by Grafting into one fruit. For Grafting is in plants the
same that Copulation is in living creatures. Yet I deny it not, but there
are other means whereby this may be effected, as well as by Grafting. But
above all other, Grafting is most praiseworthy, as being the best and
fittest means to incorporate one fruit into another, and so of many to make
one, after a wonderful manner. And whereas it may be thought a very
toilsome, and indeed impossible matter, here the excellent effect of the
work must sweeten all thy labor, and thy painful diligence will take away
the supposed impossibility of the thing, and perform that which a man would
think were not possible to be done. Neither must thou suffer thyself to be
discouraged herein by the sayings of rude Husbandman which have attempted
this thing, but for want of skill could not perform it, seeing experience
teaches you that it has been done. Wherefore against such discouragement's,
you must arm yourself with a due consideration of such experiments as the
Ancients have recorded. As for example, that the Fig tree may be
incorporated into the Plane tree, and the Mulberry tree, and likewise the
Mulberry tree into the Chestnut tree, the Turpentine tree, and the White
Poplar, whereby you my procure White Mulberries, and likewise the Chestnut
tree into a Hazel, and an Oak, and likewise the Pomegranate tree into all
trees, for that it is like to a common Whore, ready and willing for all
comers, and likewise the Cherry tree into a Turpentine tree. And to
conclude, that every tree may be mutually incorporated into each other, as
Columella supposes. And this is the cause of every composition of many
fruits into one, of every adopted fruit which is not the natural child, as
it were, of the tree that bore it. And this is the cause of all strange and
new kinds of fruits that grow. Virgil makes mention of such a matter, when
he says, that Dido admired certain trees which she saw, that bare new kinds
of leaves, and Apples that naturally were not their own. And Palladius
says, that trees are joined together as it were, by carnal Copulation, to
the end that the fruit thereof might contain in it, all the excellencies of
both the parents. And the same trees were garnished with two sorts of
leaves, and nourished with two sorts of juices, and the fruit had a double
Relish, according to both the kinds whence it was Compounded. But now, as
we did in our tract of the Commixtion of diverse kinds of living creatures,
so here also it is met to prescribe certain rules, whereby we may cause
those diverse plants which we would intermingle, to join more easily, and to
agree better together, for the producing of new and Compounded fruits.
First therefore, we must see that either of the trees have their bark of one
and the same nature. And both of them must have the same time of growing
and shooting out of their Sprigs, as was required in living creatures, that
both of them should have the same time of breeding their young ones. For if
the Graft has a dry or hard bark, and the stock has a moist or soft bark, or
that they be in anyway contrary to each other, we shall labor in vain. Then
we must see that the Grafting be made in the purest and soundest place of
the stock, so that it neither has any Tumors or knobs, or any scars, neither
yet has been Grafted. Again, it is very material, that the young Grafts or
shoots be brought from the most convenient place or part of the trees,
namely, from those boughs that grow toward the east, where the Sun is want
to rise in the summer time. Again, they must be of a fruitful kind, and be
taken off from young plants, such as never bore fruit before. They must
also be taken in their prime, when they are beginning first to bud, and such
as are of two years growth, and likely to bear fruit in their second year.
And the stocks into which they are to be Grafted, must likewise be as young
as may be Grafted into, for if they be old, their hardness will scarce give
any entertainment to strange shoots to be planted upon them. And many such
observations must be diligently looked into, as we have shown in our books
of Husbandry. But we must not here omit to speak of the Loam, or that
clammy Mortar, which makes
"The Graft and the Stock to close more easily together."
for it is very helpful to glue or fasten the skins of both the barks one
into the other. And if the barks be of a diverse nature, yet by this Loam
they may be so bound into one, that they will easily grow together. And
surely it is commodious in many respects. First, because, as in mans body,
the flesh being wounded or pierced into, is soon closed up again with stiff
and clammy plasters, applied on them; so the bark or the boughs of trees
being cut or rent, will close together again very speedily, by the applying
of this Mortar. For if you pull the bark off from a tree, or slip off a
little Sprig from a bough, unless you close it up so cunningly, that it may
stick as fitly every way in the Grafting as while it grew, it will soon
wither, and fade, and lose the natural juice and moisture, which
inconvenience this Loam will prevent, and fit them one into another.
Moreover, if there be any open chink between the bark and the tree,
presently the air will get in, and will not suffer them to close, therefore
to make it sure that they may close without fail, this Loam is needed. And
whereas there are some trees which cannot away to be harbored in any of
another kind, this Loam will knit them so strongly into the stock, that they
cannot but bud and blossom. But here we must observe, that this Glue or
Mortar must be as near of the nature of the thing Grafted as may be, for
then it will perform this duty more kindly. If you be diligent herein, you
may do many matters. We will give you a taste of some, that by these you
may learn to do the like. Pull off the bark of Holly, and make a pit in
some moist ground, and there bury your Holly Vines, and let them there
Putrify, which will be done in twelve days. then take them forth, and stamp
them till you see they are become a clammy slime. This is also made of the
fruit Sebesten in Syria, and likewise it may be made of ordinary Birdlime.
But the best of all is made of the Rinds of Elm roots stamped together, for
this has a special quality, both to fasten and also to cherish. But let us
return to Grafting, which is of such great force, that it has caused a new
kind of a Bastard fruit that was never heard of before, namely
"An Apple Compounded of a Peach-apple, and a Nut-peach,"
which kind of Compound generation, was never seen, nor heard of, nor yet
thought upon by the ancient. This is to be done by a kind of Grafting which
they call Emplastering. Take off two young fruitful Sprigs, one form a
Peach-apple Tree, and the other from the Nut-peach Tree, but they must be
well grown, and such as are ready to bud forth. Then pare off the bark of
them about two fingers breadth in compass, so that the bud to be Grafted may
stand fitly in the midst between them both, but you must do it quickly, lest
you perish the wood. Then cleave them through the middle a little way, that
they may be let one into another, and yet the cleft not seen, but covered
with the bud. Then take off a bud, and set it into the midst of the boughs
which we spoke of before, and so Graft them together into the other tree,
having first cut out a round fit place for them therein. They must be
Grafted in that part of the tree, which is most neat and fresh-colored, the
Sprigs that grow about that place must be cut off, lest they draw the
nourishment from the Graft, which requires it all for itself. And when you
have so done, bind it about gently, that you hurt it not, and cover it with
something, so the rain does not fall down upon it, but especially take heed
to the cleft, and place where you pulled off the bark, that you plaster it
up well with Mortar. Thus if you do, the Graft will very kindly prosper, and
the bud grow forth into a fruit that is Compounded of both kinds, and it
shall carry the hue both of the Peach-apple and the Nut-peach by equal
proportion, such as was never seen before. By this means also we may
procure the bring forth
"of a Fig half white and half black,"
for if we take the buds of each of them, paring them off together with the
bark round about them, and then cut them in the middle, and put the half of
one, and the half of the other together, and so Emplaister them into the
tree, as we spoke of before, the fruit thereof will be a Fig half white and
half black. So also,
"Pomegranates may be brought forth, which will be sweet on the one side, and
sour on the other,"
If you take either the shoots or the buds of each of them, and after you
have divided them in the middle, put the half of each together, as before
was spoken. But this may be done best upon the shoots or Sprigs, for the
bud can hardly be pared off, nor well divided, because the bark is so weak,
and so thin, and slender, that it will not endure to be much or long
"Oranges Compounded of divers kinds, and such as are half Lemons , as also
lemons half sweet, and half sour, may be produced,"
if we mix them after the same manner as we spoke before, for these are very
fit to be Grafted by Emplastering, and these kinds of Compound Oranges and
Lemons are very commonly to be seen in many orchards in Naples. In like
manner we may mingle and Compound,
"A Peach of the white and the Red Peach,"
if we put those two kinds together, by such Emplastering. For there are of
this Compound fruit to be found in Naples at this day. Likewise we may
"A Grape that has a Kernel or Stone half black, and diversely colored,"
We must deal by the shoots of Vines, as we showed before was to be done by
the buds of other trees, cleave them in the middle, and bind two shoots or
more of diverse sorts of Vines handsomely together, that they may grow up in
one, and Graft them into a fruitful Vine of some other kind. And the same
which we have shown concerning fruits, may be as well practiced also upon
flowers. As for example, If we would produce,
"Roses that are half white and half red,"
we must take the Sprigs of a white Rose, and of a red, and pare off the buds
of each of them, and having cut them asunder in the middle, put the halves
of each together, as we spoke of before, and Graft them artificially into
the bark, and then have a diligent care still to cherish them, the Compound
bud will in due season bring forth Roses which will be white of the one side
and red of the other. But if you would make trial hereof of
Clove-gilli-flowers, and desire,
"To produce some that are half red,"
seeing they have no buds at all, you must practice this experiment upon
their root. You must take two roots of them, and cleave them in the middle,
and match them fitly together, that they may grow each to other, and bind
them up well, and then will they yield Compound Clove-gilli-flowers. Of
which kind we have great store, and they are common among us everywhere, and
they do not only bring forth party-colored flowers, but the same bough, and
one and the same Sprig, will bear white ones and red ones, and such as are
wrought and as it were embroidered with diverse goodly colors, most pleasant
to be seen.
"Of a second means whereby fruits may be mingled and Compounded together"
There is also a second way of compounding diverse kinds of fruits together,
namely, by another manner of Grafting. As for example, if we would produce,
"Pomegranates Compounded of diverse kinds,"
Theophrastus shows us how to do it. We must take the young slips or
branches of divers kinds, and bruise them with a Beetle, so that they may
stick and hang together, and then bind them up very hard each to other, and
set them in the ground. And if they be well laid together, all those slips
will grow up jointly into one tree, but so, that every one of them retains
his own kind, and receives his several nourishment from itself, and
severally digests it. And the chief community which they have all together,
is their mutual embracing each of other. The same Theophrastus teaches us
in the same place,
"How one and the same Vine branch may bring forth a black and a white Grape
both together, and how in the same Grape may be found a white and black
Stone hanging together."
Take the branch of a white Vine, and another of the black, and the uppermost
half of either of them must be bruised together, then you must match them
equally and bind them up together, and plant them. For by this means they
will grow up both into one joint, for every living thing may be matched with
another, especially where one is of the same or the like kind with the
other. For then if they be dissolved, as these are in some sort when they
are bruised, their natures will easily close together, and be compact into
one nature. But yet either of these branches has his several nourishment by
itself, without confusion of both together, whereby it comes to pass, that
the fruit arising from them is of a diverse nature, according as either of
the Sprigs requires. Neither ought this to seem strange, that both of them
concurring into one, should yet retain each of them their several kind,
seeing the like hereof may be found in certain rivers which meet together by
confluence into one and the same channel, and yet either of them keeps his
own several course and passage, as do the rivers Cephisus and Melas in
Boeotia. Columella teaches us to do this thing on this manner. There is,
says he, a kind of Grafting, whereby such kind of Grapes are produced, as
have Stones of diverse kinds, and sundry colors, which is to be done by this
means. Take four or five, or more (if you will) Vine branches of diverse
kinds, and mingle them together by equal proportion, and so bind them up.
Afterward put them into an earthen pipe or a horn fast together, but so,
that there may be some parts of them seen standing out a both ends, and
those parts so standing forth, must be dissolved or bruised. And when you
have so done, put them into a trench in the ground, covering them with Muck,
and watering them till they begin to bud. And when the buds are grown fast
together, after two or three years, when they are all knit and closed into
one, then break the pipe, and near about the middle of the stalk beneath the
sprouts, there where they seem to have most grown together, cut off the
Vine, and heal that part where it is so cut, and then lay it under the
ground again about three fingers deep. And when that stalk shall shoot up
into Sprigs, take two of the best of them, and cherish them and plant them
into the ground, casting away all the other branches, and by this means you
shall have such kinds of Grapes as you desire. This very same experiment
does Pliny set down, borrowing it from Columella. But Didymus prescribes
it in this manner. Take two Vine branches of diverse kinds, and cleave them
in the middle, but with such heedful regard, that the cleft go as far as the
bud is, and none of the Pith or juice be lost, then put them each to other,
and close them together, so that the bud of either of them meet right one
with the other. And as much as possibly may be, let them touch together,
whereby both those buds may become as one. Then bind up the branches with
paper as hard together as you can, and cover them over with the Sea-onion,
or else with some very stiff clammy earth, and so plant them, and water them
after four or five days, so long till they shoot forth into a perfect bud.
If you would produce,
"A Fig, that is half white and half red,"
Leontinus teaches you to do it after this manner. Take two shoots of
diverse kinds of Fig trees, but you must see that both the shoots be of the
same age, and the same growth as near as you can. Then lay them in a
trench, and put Dung on them, and water them. And after they begin to bud,
you must rake the buds of each, and bind them up together, so that they may
grow up into one stalk. And about two years after, take them up, and plant
them into another stock, and thereby you shall have Figs of two colors. So
then by this means,
"All fruits may be made to be party-colored,"
and that not only of two, but of many colors, accordingly as many kinds of
fruits may be Compounded together. And surely these experiments are very
true, though they be somewhat hard to be done, and require a long times
practice, as I myself have had experience. The like experiment to these is
recorded by Palladius, and by other Greek writers, who show the way,
"How a Vine may bring forth clusters of Grapes that are white, but the
Stones of the Grapes black."
If white and black Vines grow near together, you must shred the branches of
each, and presently clap them together so, that the bud of either may meet
right together, and so become one. Then bind them up hard in paper, and
cover them with soft and moist earth, and so let them lie three days or
thereabouts. After that , see that they be well and fitly matched together,
and then let them lie till a new bud come forth of a fresh Head. And by
this means you shall procure in time, diverse kinds of Grapes, according to
the diverse branches you put together. I myself have cleft or cut them off
in that place where the buds were shooting forth, leaving the third part of
the bud upon the branch, I fastened them together, and bound them up into
one very fast, left when the buds should wax greater, one of them might fly
off from the other. I fitted them so well, branch with branch, and bud with
bud, that they made but one stalk, and the very same year they brought forth
Grapes that had cloven Kernels or Stones. This shoot so springing up, I put
to another, and when that was so sprung up, I put that also to another, and
by this continual fitting of diverse springs one to another, I produced
clusters of diverse-colored and diverse-natured Grapes. For one and the
same Grape was sweet and unsavory, and the Stones were some long, some
round, some crooked, but all of them were of diverse colors. Pontanus has
elegantly shown ,
"How Citron-trees may bear diverse kinds,"
namely, by joining two sundry boughs together, after the bark has been pared
away, and fastening each to other with a kind of glue, that they may grow up
one as fast as the other, and when they are Grafted into one stock, they
must be very carefully covered and looked unto, and so one and the same
branch will bring forth fruit of diverse kinds. So you may procure,
"An Orange Tree to bring forth an Apple half sweet and half sour."
And this kind of commixtion was invented by chance, for there were Grafted
two boughs of Orange trees, one brought forth a sweet, and the other a sharp
fruit. When occasion served to transplant and remove the tree, it was cut
off in the middle, according as husbandmen are found to do when they plant
such trees after they are grown old, and by great chance, it was cut off
there were the two boughs had been before Grafted. And so when the stock
budded afresh, there arose one bud out of the sharp and sweet branches both
together as they were left in the stock, and this one bud brought forth
apples or fruit of both Relishes. Wherefore no question but such a thing
may be effected by art, as well as it was by chance, if any man have a mind
to produce such kind of fruits.
"Of a third way, whereby diverse kinds of fruits may be Compounded
We will also set down a third way, whereby we may mingle and Compound
diverse kinds of fruits together. A way which has been delivered unto us
by the Ancients, though for my own part I think it to be not only a very
hard, but even an impossible matter. Notwithstanding, because grave ancient
writers have set it down, I cannot scorn here to rehearse it. And though I
have put it in practice, but to no purpose, for it has not so fallen out as
they write, yet I will not discourage any man that has a mind to make trial
hereof, for it may be that fortune will second their endeavors better then
she did mine. The way is this, to gather many seeds of sundry trees and
fruits, and wrapping them up together, so to sow them. And when they are
grown up into stalks, to bind all the stalks together, that they may not lie
asunder, but rather grow up all into one tree, and this tree will bring
forth diverse kinds of fruits, yes and one and the same fruit will be
mingled and Compounded of many. It should seem that the authors of this
experiment, learned it first out of Theophrastus, who writes, that, if you
sow two diverse seeds near together within a hands breadth, and then sow two
other diverse seeds a little above them, the roots which will come of all
these seeds will lovingly embrace and wind about each other, and so grow up
into one stalk, and be incorporated one into another. But special care must
be had how the seeds be placed, for they must be set with the little end
upward, because the bud comes not out of the low and hollow parts, but out
of the highest, and there are four seeds required, because so many will
easily and fitly close together. A matter, which if it were true, it might
be a very ready means which would produce exceeding many and wonderful
experiments, By such a means,
"Berries that are party-colored may be produced."
If you take a great many berries, white, and black, and red, one amongst
another, and sow them in the earth together, and when they are shot up, bind
all their stalks into one, they will grow together, and yield party colored
berries. Pliny writes, that this way was devised from the birds. Nature,
says he, has taught how to Graft with a seed. For hungry birds have
devoured seeds, and having moistened and warmed them in their bellies, a
little after have Dunged in the forky twists of trees, and together with
their Dung excluded the seed whole which erst they had swallowed. And
sometimes it brings forth there where they Dung it, and sometimes the wind
carries it away into some chinks of the barks of trees, and there it brings
froth. This is the reason why many times we see a Cherry tree growing in a
Willow, A Plane tree in a Bay tree, and a Bay in a Cherry tree, and withal,
that the berries of them have been party-colored. They write also, that the
Jackdaw hiding certain seeds in some secret chinks or holes, did give
occasion of this invention. By the selfsame means we may produce,
"A Fig that is partly white and partly red."
..Leontinus attempts the doing of this, by taking the Kernels or Stones that
are in a Fig somewhat inclinable to this variety, and wrapping them up
together in a Linen cloth, and then sowing them, and when need requires,
removing them into another place. If we would have,
"An Orange or Citron Tree bear diverse Apples of diverse Relishes,"
Pontanus, our country-man, in his work of gardening, has elegantly taught us
how to do it. We must take sundry seeds of them, and put them into a
pitcher, and by this means they will grow up into one stock, and shroud
themselves all under one bark. But you must take heed that the wind does
not come at them to blow them asunder, but cover them over with some wax,
that they may stick fast together, and let them be well plastered with
Mortar about the bark. And so shall you gather from them in time very
strange Apples of sundry Relishes. Likewise we may procure,
"A Damosin, and an Orange or Lemon to be mixed together."
In our books of Husbandry, we have shown at large, but many reasons alleged
to and fro, that sundry seeds could not possibly grow into one, but all that
is written in favor of this practice, is utterly false, and altogether
impossible. But this experiment we ourselves have proved, whereby diverse
kinds of Damosins are mixed together. While the Damosin trees were very
tender and dainty, we fastened two of them together, which were planted near
to each other, as sailors plat and tie their cables. But first we pared off
the bark to the inmost skin, in that place where they should touch each
other, that so one living thing might the more easily grow to the other.
Then we bound them up gently with thin lifts, made of the inner bark of elm,
or such like stuff that is soft and pliable fur such a purpose, lest they
should be parted and grow asunder, and if any part of them were so limber
that it would not stick fast, we wedged it in with splints, yet not too
hard, for fear of spoiling it. Then we rid away the earth from the upper
roots, and covered them with Muck, and watered them often, that by this
cherishing and tilling on, they might grow up the better. And thus after a
few years that they were grown together into one tree, we cut off the tops
of them about that place where they most seemed to be knot together, and
about those tops there sprung up many buds, whereof, and the rest we cut
away, and by this means we produced such kind of fruit as we speak of, very
goodly, and much commended. And concerning lemons, I have seen some in the
noblemen gardens of Naples, which, partly by continual watering at
seasonable times, and partly by reason of the tenderness and the rankness of
the boughs, did so cling and grow together, that they became one tree, and
this one tree brought forth fruit Compounded of either kind. We may also
conveniently cherish up with continual watering, and perform other services
towards them which are necessary for their growth. And as it may be done by
lemons, so we have seen the same experiment practiced upon mulberry trees,
which growing in moist and shadowed places, as soon as their boughs closed
one with another, presently they grew into one, and brought forth berries of
sundry colors. If we would procure that,
"A Lettuce should grow, having in it Parsley, and Rotchet, and
or any such like commixtion, we must take the Dung of a Sheep or a Goat, and
though it be but a small substance, yet you must make a shift to bore the
Truttle through the middle, and as well as you can, get out the inmost Pith,
and instead hereof put into it those seeds which you desire to have mingled
together, packing them in as hard as the Truttle will bear it. And when you
have so done, lay it in the ground about two handful deep, with Dung and
hollow near, both under it, and round about it, then cover it with a little
thin earth, and water it a little and a little, and when the seeds also are
sprung forth, you must still apply them with water and Dung, and after they
are grown up into a stalk, you must be more diligent about them, and by this
means at length there will arise a lettuce, mixed and Compounded with all
those seeds. Palladius prescribes the same more precisely. If you take,
says he, a Truttle of Goats Dung , and bore it through, and make it hollow
cunningly with a Bodkin, and then fill it up with the seed of Lettuce,
Cresses, Basil, Rotchet, and Radish, and when you have so done, lap them up
in more of the same Dung, and bury them in a little trench of such ground as
is fruitful and well manured for such a purpose, the Radish will grow
downward into a root, the other sees will grow upward into a stalk, and the
Lettuce will contain them all, yielding the several Relish of every one of
them. Others effect this experiment on this manner. They pluck off the
Lettuce leaves that grow next to the root, and make holes in the thickest
substance and veins thereof, one hole being a reasonable distance from the
other, where they then put in the before mentioned seeds, all but the Radish
seed, and cover them about with Dung, and then lay them under the ground,
whereby the lettuce grows up, guarded by the stalks of so many Herbs as
there were seeds put into the leaves. If you would procure,
"Party-colored flowers to grow,"
you may effect it by the same ground and principle. You must take the seeds
of diverse kinds of flowers, and when you have bound them up in a Linen
cloth, set them in the ground, and by the commixtion of those seeds
together, you shall have flowers that are party-colored. By this means, it
is thought that Daisies of diverse kinds were first brought forth, such as
are to be seen with golden leaves, reddish about the edge, nay, some of them
are so meddled with diverse colors, that they resemble little shreds of silk
"How a double fruit may be made, whereof the one is contained within the
There is also another way of composition, whereby fruits may be so meddled
together, not as we have shown before, that one part of it should be of one
fruit, and the other part of another kind, nor yet that one and the same
bough shall at once bear two or three kinds of fruits, but that one and the
same fruit shall be double, containing in itself two kinds, as if they were
but one, whereof I myself have first made trial. But let us see how the
Ancients have effected this. And first,
"How to make an Olive-Grape."
Diophanes shows that the Olive being Grafting into the Vine, brings forth a
fruit called Elaeo-staphylon, that is to say, an Olive-grape. But
Florentinus in the eleventh book of his Georgicks, has shown the manner how
to Graft the Olive into a Vine, that so it shall bring forth not only
bunches or clusters of Grapes, but an Olive fruit also. We must bore a hole
through the Vine near to the ground, and put into it the branch of an Olive
tree, that so it may draw and receive both from the Vine, sweetness, and
also from the ground, natural juice and moisture, whereby it may be
nourished. For so will the fruit taste pleasant. And moreover, if, while
the Vine has not yet born fruit, you take the fruitful spring thereof, and
plant them elsewhere, these Sprigs will retain the mixture and composition
of the Vine and the Olive tree together, and bring forth one fruit that
shall have in it both kinds, which therefore is called by a name Compounded
of both their names, Elaeo-staphylon, and Olive-grape. He reports that he
say such a tree in the orchard of Marius Maximus, and tasting the fruit
thereof, he thought with himself that he felt the Relish of an Olive berry
and a Grape Kernel both together. He writes also that such plants grow in
Africa, and are there called by a proper name in the country language
Ubolima. But we must set props under them, to bear up the weight and burden
of the boughs. Though if we Graft them any other way but this, we shall
need no poles at all. I suppose also that by this self-same means it may be
"That a Grape should have Myrtle in it."
Tarentinus writes, that the Vine may be Grafting into the Myrtle tree, and
the Vine branches thereon Grafted, will bring forth Grapes that have myrtle
berries growing underneath them. But the manner of these Grafting he has
not set down. If you Graft the Vine branches in the higher boughs or arms
of the Myrtle, then they will bring forth Grapes after their ordinary
manner, not having any myrtle in them. But if you Graft them as he showed
before, near to the ground, as the Olive tree must be into the Vine, then
you may produce Myrtle Grapes, though not without some difficulty. We may
"Damosins that shall be of the color of Nuts."
for such kind of fruit were produced by the Ancients, and called Nucipruna,
that is, Nut-damosins, as Pliny reports. It is a peculiar property of these
fruits that are Grafted into Nut trees, that they are in color like to their
own kind, but in taste like unto Nuts, being therefore called by a mixed
name, Nucipruna. So there may be produced, as the same Pliny writes,
"Damosins that have sweet Almonds within them."
There is, says he, in this kind of fruit an Almond Kernel, neither can there
be any prettier double fruit devised. The same Pliny reports also, that
there is a kind of
"Damosin that has in it the substance of an Apple,"
which of late was called by the Spaniards Malina, which come of a Damosin
Grafted into an Apple tree. There is also a kind of fruit called by the
"Mixa, which has in it a sweet Almond."
This same Mixa is a kind of Damosin, which differs from all others, for
whereas others have a bitter Almond or Kernel within their Stone, this only
has a sweet Kernel. It is a plant peculiar to Syria and Egypt, though in
Pliny's time it was common in Italy, and was Grafted in the Service tree,
whereby the Kernel was pleasanter. They Grafted it into the Service tree,
likely for this cause, that whereas the fruit of itself would make a man
Laxative, the sharp taste of the Service tree being mixed with it, might
cause it to be more binding. But now we will show,
"How to produce an Almond-peach, which outwardly is a Peach, but with has an
The former means producing double fruits, which the Ancients have recorded,
are but vain fables, not only false matters, but indeed impossible to be so
done, for, we have shown in the book of Husbandry, if you Graft the Vine
into the Myrtle, there will be no such fruit brought forth after that
manner. Besides, it is impossible to Graft the Olive tree into the Vine, or
it were Grafted, yet would it not bring forth any such Grapes. Pliny speaks
of Apple-damosins, and Nut-damosins, but he showed not the manner how they
may be produced, happily, because it was never seen nor known. But we will
demonstrate the manner of it to the whole world, by this example. This
fruit is called and Almond-peach by the late writers, because it bears in it
self the nature, both of the almond and the Peach Compounded together. And
it is a new kind of adultery or commixtion, wrought by skill and diligence
used in Grafting, such a fruit as was never heard of in former ages,
partaking both of the shape, and also of the qualities of either parent.
Outwardly it resembles the Peach both in shape and color, but inwardly it
has a sweet Almond with the Kernels that both looks and tastes like an
Almond, and so is the tree also a middle between the Almond tee and the
Peach tree. The manner of Grafting is, by clapping the bud of one upon the
bud of another, either upon one of the trees that bare one of the buds, or
else setting them both into a third tree, as we have done when the trees
have been old. We may also go farther, and upon that branch wherein those
two buds grow up together, we may set a third bud, and so the fruit will be
threefold. These trees we had growing in our own orchards many years
together. By this self same means we my produce a very strange Apple, the
wonderfullness will ravish our senses and our thoughts, namely
"A Citron that has a Lemon in the inn parts,"
and this, I say, we may produce by laying the bud of a Citron upon the bud
of a Lemon. And the most of those kinds are to be found among the Brutii, a
people dwelling near Naples, and the Surrentines in Campania, and these
fruits proceed from the tart juice that is within the branch. In like
"A double Orange may be produced,"
which kind of fruit is common with us, wherein are double ranks of Kernels
in such rare proportion, that you would wonder and be amazed to see.
"Of another device, whereby strange fruits may be generated, and made either
better or worse."
Concerning the praises and excellency of Grafting, we have spoken elsewhere
more at large. Here it shall suffice only to show, that by Grafting, new
fruits may be produced, some better, and some worse then their ordinary
kinds. We will relate some experiments of our own, and some which the
Ancients have found out. And first,
"How to produce a Chestnut of the best."
There is one rare example hereof not to be omitted. Corellius, a nobleman
of Rome, born at the city of Areste, Grafted a Chestnut upon a Chestnut
branch in the country of Naples, and so produced a Chestnut called
Corelliana, after his name. After that, his heir, whom he made a free-man,
Grafted the same Corelliana upon another tree. The difference between them
both is this, that the former is a larger Chestnut, but this latter is a
better fruit. These things have been done by the Ancients. And the good
that comes by Grafting is such, as that if anything be Grafted into the
stock or branch of its own kind, the fruit will thereby be made better. The
cherry tree is very kindly to be Grafted. And you shall scarce ever have a
good and a sweet Cherry, unless it be by Grafting upon some other tree, as
Pamphilus reports. By the precedent of this example, we have endeavored to
"The Barbery Tree into the tree called Tuber."
for I take it, that the Oxyacantha, or the Barbery Tree, is nothing else but
a Bastard, or a wild Tuber. and therefore if a man follow that example of
Corellius, and Graft the Oxyacantha often into the branch or stock, it will
be much bettered, and become the Tuber tree. As also on the other side, the
Tuber tree, if it be not dressed and looked unto, does Degenerate into the
Barbery Tree. I myself have Grafted it three or four times into the
branches of its own kind, in my own orchard, and if I live so long, I will
still Graft it so, till it does bring forth tubers, for I find that it
brings forth already, both greater and sweeter berries. Now we will speak
of such fruits, as are Grafted not into their own branches, but into
branches of another kind, which contain in them both the fashion and the
properties of either kind. And we will teach the manner how to Compound a
new kind of fruit lately devised, namely,
"A Peach-nut, mixed of a Nut and a Peach."
There is a kind of Peach called a Peach-nut, which the Ancients never knew
of, but has lately been produced by pains taken in Grafting, as I myself
have seen. It bears the name and the form also of both the parents whereof
it is generated, having a green color like a Nut, and has no Moss down on
the outside, but very smooth all over, the taste of it is sharp and somewhat
bitter, it is long before it becomes ripe, and is of a hard substance like a
Peach. That part of it which lies against the Sun is reddish, it smells
very well, it has within, a rough Stone, and hard like a Peach Stone. It
has a pleasant Relish, but the Apple will not last so long as the Nut, or
Kernel within. Which kind of fruit cannot be supposed to have been
otherwise brought forth then by diverse Grafts of the Peach into the Nut
tree, one year after another. We may also better the fruits by Grafting
them into better trees. Diophanes produced
"Citron-apples Compounded of an Apple and a Citron."
for he Grafted an Apple into the Citron tree, and that often, but it
withered as soon as ever it did shoot forth. However, at length it took
fast hold, and became a Citron-apples tree. Anatolius and Diophanes made a
Compound fruit called
"Melimela, of an Apple and a Quince mixed together. "
for if we Graft an Apple into a Quince tree, the tree will yield a very good
Apple, which the Athenians call Melimelum, but we call it a St. Johns Apple.
Pliny writes, that an ordinary Quince, and a Quince-pear Compounded,
"Produce a fruit called Milvianum."
The Quince, says he, being Grafted into a Quince-pear, yields a kind of
fruit called Milvianum, which alone of all other Quinces is to be eaten raw.
Now as we have shown how to make fruits better by Grafting, both for show
and for properties, we will declare also, how by Grafting,
"Fruits may be made worse,"
We will show it first by a Pear. Marcus Varro says, that if you Graft a
very good Pear into a wild Pear tree, it will not taste so well as that
which is Grafted into an orchard Pear tree. If you Graft a peach into a
Damosin tree, the fruit of it will be much less. If into a bitter Almond
tree, the fruit will have a bitter Relish. Likewise if you Graft a Chestnut
into a Willow, and be somewhat a latter fruit, the taste of it will be more
bitter. And so if you Graft an apple into a Damosin tree, the fruit which
it yields, will neither be so great, nor yet so good, as it is in its own
"...How to procure ripe fruits and flowers before their ordinary season..."
Art being as it were natures Ape, even in her imitation of nature, effects
greater matters then nature does. Hence it is that a Magician being
furnished with art, as it were another nature, searching thoroughly in those
works which nature does accomplish by many secret means and close
operations, does work upon nature, and partly by that which he sees, and
partly by that which he conjects and gathers from thence, takes his sundry
advantages of nature's instruments, and thereby either hastens or hinders
her work, making things ripe before or after their natural season, and so
indeed makes nature to be his instrument. He knows that fruits, and
flowers, and all other growing things that the world affords, are produced
by the circuit and motion of Celestial bodies, and therefore when he is
disposed to hinder the ripening of any thing, or else to help it forward,
that it may be more rare and of better worth, he effects it by
Counterfeiting the times and seasons of the year, making the winter to be as
summer, and springtime as the winter. Among other means, Grafting is not a
little helpful hereunto. Now let us see, how we may by Grafting,
"Produce Grapes in the Spring-time."
If we see a Cherry tree bring forth her fruit in the springtime, and we
desire to have Grapes about that time, there is a fit opportunity of
attaining our desire, as Tarentinus writes. If you Graft a black Vine into
the cherry tree, you shall have Grapes growing in the springtime. For the
tree will bring forth Grapes the very same season, the same as when it would
bring forth her own fruit. But this Grafting cannot be done without boring
a hole into the stock, as Didymus shows us. You must bore the Cherry tree
stock through with a Wimble, and, your Vine growing by it, you must take one
of the next and best branches from it, and put it into the Auger hole, but
you must not cut it off from the Vine, but place it in its own mother the
Vine, and also as being made partaker of the juice of that tree into which
it is Grafted. This Sprig within the compass of two years, will grow and be
incorporated into the Cherry tree. About which time, after the scar is
grown over again, you must cut off the branch from the Vine, and saw off the
stock of the Cherry tree upon which it is Grafted, all above the boring
place, and let the Vine branch grow up in the rest. For so shall neither
the Vine be idle, but still bring forth her own fruit, and that branch also
which was Grafted does grow up together with it, being nothing hurt by that
Grafting. We may also by the help of Grafting procure,
"A Rose to Show forth her buds before her time."
If we pluck off a Rose bud from the mother, and Graft by such an
Emplastering as we spoke of before, the same into the open bark of an almond
tree, at such time, as the almond tree does bud, the Rose so Grafted, will
bring forth her own flowers out of the almond bark. But because it is a
very hard matter to Graft into an Herb, and therefore we can hardly produce
flowers sooner then their time by that means, we will show another means
here, and namely,
"How Cucumbers may hasten their fruits."
Columella found in Dolus Mendefius an Egyptian, an easy way whereby this may
be done. You must set in your garden in some shadowy place well Dunged, a
rank of Fennel , and a rank of Brambles one within another, and after the
Aquinoetial day, cut them off a little with the ground, and having first
loosed the Pith of either of them with a wooden Punch, to convey Dung into
them, and withal to Graft in them Cucumber seeds, which may grow up together
with the Fennel and the Brambles. For by this means the seeds will receive
nourishment from the root of the stalk into which they are Grafted, and so
you shall have Cucumbers very soon. But now let us show how we may
accomplish this thing by Counterfeiting as it were the seasons of the year.
And first, how we may procure that,
"Cucumbers shall be ripe very timely."
The Quintiles say you must take Panniers or earthen pots, and put into them
some fine sifted earth mixed with Dung, that it may be somewhat liquid, and
preventing the ordinary season, you must plant therein Cucumber seeds about
the beginning of spring, and when the Sun shines, or that there is any heat
or rain, they bring the Panniers forth into the air, and about Sun setting
they bring them into a closed house, and this they do daily, still watering
them as occasion serves. But after that the cold and the frost is ceased,
and the air is more temperate, they take their Panniers and dig a place for
them in some well tilled ground, and there set them, so that the brims of
them are even with the earth, and then look well to them, and you shall have
your desire. The like may be done by Gourds. Theophrastus shows us, that
if a man sow Cucumber seeds in the wintertime, and water them with warm
water, and lay them in the Sun, or else by the fire, and when seed time
comes, put the whole Panniers of them into the ground, they will yield very
timely Cucumbers, long before their ordinary season is to grow. Columella
says, that Tiberius the Emperor took great delight in the Cucumbers that
were thus ripened, which he had at all times of the year, for his gardeners
every day drew forth their hanging gardens into the Sun upon wheels, and
when any great cold or rain came, they straight away carried them in again
into their close Hovels made for the same purpose. Didymus shows,
"Roses may bud forth, even before Winter be past."
If they be used after the like manner, namely, if you set them in Hampers or
earthen vessels, and carefully look unto them, and use them as you would use
Gourds and Cucumbers, to make them ripe before their ordinary season. Pliny
"How to make Figs that were of last years growth, to be ripe very soon the
next year after,"
And this is by keeping them from the cold also, but yet the device and
practice is not all one with the former. There are, says he, in certain
countries, as in Maefia, winter Fig trees, (a small tree it is, and such as
is more beholding to art then to nature) which they use in this manner.
After the Autumn or Fall, they lay them in the earth, and cover them all
over with Muck, and the green Figs that grew upon them in the beginning of
winter are also buried upon the tree with them. Now when the Winter is past
and the air is somewhat calmer the year following, they dig up the trees
again with the fruit upon them, which presently do embrace the heat of a new
Sun as it were, and grow up by the temperature of another year, as kindly as
if they had then newly sprung up. Then it comes to pass, that though the
country is very cold, yet there they have ripe Figs of two years growth as
it were, even before other Fig trees can so much as blossom. But because we
cannot so well practice these experiments in the broad and open fields,
either by hindering, or by helping the temperature of the air, therefore we
will try to ripen fruit and flowers before their time, by laying warm
Cherishers, as Lime, or Chalk, and Nitre, and warm water, to the roots of
trees and Herbs. If you would have,
"A Cherry ripe before his time,"
Pliny says, that you must lay Chalk or Lime to the root of the tree before
it begins to blossom, or else you must often pour hot water upon the root,
and by either of these means you may procure the ripening of Cherries before
their time. However, the tree will dry and wither away. If you would
procure the ripening,
"Of a Rose before his time,"
Dydimus says you may effect it by covering the Rose bush with earth, a foot
above the root of it, and there pour in warm water upon it, when the slip
begins to shoot up, and before any blossom appears. Likewise if you would
"A Vine to bring forth before her time,"
You must take Nitre, and pound it down, and mix it with water, so that it be
made of the thickness of Honey. And as soon as you have pruned the Vine,
lay good store of your Nitre upon the Vine buds, and so shall your buds
shoot forth within nine days after. But to procure the Grapes to be timely
ripe, you must take the mother of the Wine before it is sour, and lay the
same upon the root of the plants when you set them, for at that time it is
best so to use them, as Tarentinus and Florentinus both affirm. Moreover,
if you would have anything to bud forth very timely, Theophrastus says you
may procure it by setting the same,
"Into the Sea-onion."
for if a Fig tree be set but near it, it will cause the speedy ripening of
Figs. And to be brief, there is nothing set in the Sea-onion, but will more
easily and speedily shoot forth, by reason of the strong inward heat which
that Herb is endued withal. Democritus shows another means, whereby you may
"The Fig tree to bring forth hasty Figs,"
Namely, by applying the same with Pepper and Oil, and Pigeon's Dung.
Florentinus would have the Dung and the Oil to be laid upon the Figs when
they be raw and green. Palladius counsels, that when the Figs begin to wax
somewhat red, you should then besmear them with the juice of a long Onion
mixed with Pepper and Oil, and so the Figs will sooner ripen. Our practice
is this, when the Figs begin to wax ripe, we take a wooden Needle, and
anoint it over with Oil, and so thrust it through both ends of the Figs,
whereby in a few days the fruit is ripened. Other effect this by heaping up
a great many Ram Horns about the root of the tree. Pliny shows,
"How to make Coleworts branch before their time,"
And this is by laying good store of Sea Grass about it, held up with little
props, or else by laying upon it black Nitre, as much as you can take up
with three fingers, or thereabouts, for this will hasten the ripening
thereof. We may also cause,
"Parsley to come up before his time."
Pliny says, that if you sprinkle hot water upon it, as it begins to grow, it
will shoot up very swiftly. And Palladius says, that if you pour Vinegar
upon it by little and little, it will grow up, or else if you cherish it
with warm water as soon as ever it is sown. But the mind of man is so bold
to enter in the very secret bowels of nature, by the diligent search of
experience, that it has devised to bring forth,
"Parsley exceedingly timely."
It grows up easily of itself, for within fifty or forty days it is found to
appear out of the earth, as Theophrastus and other affirm, as by their
writings may be seen. Our countrymen call it Perroselinum. In the
practicing of this experiment, you must show yourself a painful workman, for
if you fail, or commit never so small an error herein, you will miss your
purpose. You must take Parsley seeds that are not fully one year old, and
in the beginning of summer you must dip them in the Vinegar, suffering them
to lie a while in some warm place. Then wrap up the seeds in some small
loose earth, which for this purpose you have before meddled with the ashes
of burnt Bean straw. There you must sprinkle them often with a little warm
water, and cover them with some cloth, that the heat does not leave them.
So will they in short time appear out of the earth. Then remove the cloth
away, and water them still, and thereby the stalk will grow up in length, to
the great admiration of beholders. But in any case, you must be painful and
very diligent, for I have studied it, and by reason of some error and
negligence, I obtained not my desire. However, many of my friends having
made diligent trial of this procedure, found it to be a very true
experiment. Likewise may,
"Lentils be hastened in their growth,"
If they be smeared over with dry Ox Dung, a little before they are sown, but
they had need lie in that dung four or five days before they be cast into
the ground. So,
"Melons may be hastened in their fruit,"
For if in the wintertime you lay a parcel of earth in mixtures that are made
of hot Dung, and in the same earth sow Melons seeds, the heat of the Dung
will cause them soon to sprout forth. You must keep them warm with some
covering, from the snow, and the cold of night, and afterward when the air
is more calm, you must plant them in some other place. For by this means we
have hastened the fruit hereof. And by this same device of preventing their
seed time, we may cause,
"Cucumbers to hasten their fruit."
But Theophrastus sets down another practice. Cucumber roots, if they be
carefully looked into, will live long. Therefore if a man cuts off a
Cucumber close by the ground, after it has brought forth fruit, and then
cover the roots over with earth, the very same roots the year following will
bring forth very timely fruit, even before others that were most seasonably
sown. Theophrastus also sets down another way,
"Of Hastening Cucumbers,"
And that is by Macerating the seed before it be sown, or else by supplying
it with continual moisture after it is sown. So also we may procure,
"Peas or Vitches to be timely ripe,"
If we sow them before their ordinary season in Barley time, as Florentinus
shows. But Theophrastus says this may be done by macerating them in the
water before seed-time, but especially if you Macerate them shells and all.
For there is but a little of it will turn to Putrefaction, and the shell
feeds the Kernel well at the first, however afterward it turns to nothing.
The same Theophrastus shows also,
"How the Rape-root may be hastened in growth."
If the gardener, says he, does hide the same in a heap of earth, it will
cause it to bring forth very timely fruit the year following. There may be
other fruits also be timely ripened, as,
"A Quince may be hastened in ripening,"
If you daily sprinkle them with continual moisture, as Palladius shows, and
Democritus says, you may have,
"Roses growing in the month of January."
If you water the slip twice a day in the summertime. We may likewise
"Gourds shall bring forth very timely."
By propping up and holding up their young tender Sprigs. In like manner we
"The Forward Fig tree to hasten her fruits,"
By renting or scarifying the body of the tree, that the milky juice may
there swell and issue out of it, that when the superfluous Humor is gone
forth, that which is left behind, may be the more easily Concocted, and so
the fruit will be sooner ripened. To be short we may procure,
"The timely ripening of all kinds of Fruit."
If we sow or plant them in some place where they may lie still opposite
against the Sun, or it we put them into certain vessels made for the same
purpose, and still water them with warm water, and let them lie continually
in the Sun. And if we would have them to hasten their fruit very speedily,
we should have an oven made under those vessels, that so by reason of a
double warmth, one from above, and the other from beneath the fruit may more
speedily be produced. And surely this is the only cause, why fruits and
flowers are more forward and sooner ripe in the country Puteoli, and the
Island Inarime, then in all other places of Campania, because there they
hasten the Concoction and ripening of them, by cherishing the roots thereof
with fire and heat within the earth.
"How we may have Fruits and Flowers at all times of the Year."
By these ways of procuring fruit to be timely ripe, it may be effected, that
we shall have fruits and flowers at all times of the year, some very forward
that come before their ordinary season, and some later that come after. As
for their own time, then, Nature of herself affords them unto us. Aristotle
in his Problems shows,
"How we may have Cucumbers all the year long, "
Both in season and out of season. When they are ripe, says he, you must put
them into a watery ditch, near the place where they grow, and cover it over.
By this means the heat of the Sun cannot come at them to dry them, and the
wetness of the place will keep them supple and moist, so that they will
still be fresh and green. And Theophrastus after him says the like, that
Gourds and Cucumbers must be taken when they are small, and in their tender
growth, and must be hidden in some ditch, where the Sun cannot come to
waste and consume their moisture, nor the wind to dry them, which two things
would mar and hinder their growth, as we see when it falls from a tree, that
they are so situated, as both the wind and the Sun have their full scope
upon them. If you would have,
"Citron Trees bear fruit all the year,"
To have Citrons still growing fresh upon the tree, you must observe that
manner and custom which was first peculiar in Assyria, but is now usual in
many places. When their season is to be gathered, you must cut off some of
the fruit from the tree, and prune those parts well where you have left no
fruit, but you must leave some behind, upon some other parts of the tree.
So shall you find a new supply of fresh fruit there where you cut off the
former, and when these be ripe, then cut off those which you left upon the
tree before, and so fresh fruit will also come up in their stead. Pontanus
has set down the same experiment in verse, for so it will come to pass,
that the tree will bud forth afresh in those parts where it finds itself
destitute of fruit, grieving as it were that one bough should be beautified
with fruit, and the other should have none at all. We may also effect this
by the help of Grafting. For if we desire,
"To have Apples all the year,"
Dydimus in his Georgics says, that if we Graft an Apples into a Citron tree,
it will bring forth for the most part continual fruit. And if we would
"Artichokes grow continually,"
We may learn to do it out of Cassianus, who following the authority of
Varro, says, that Artichokes always bring forth fruit about the same season
that they are set in, and therefore it is easy to have them all year long.
The ordinary season of planting Artichokes is in November and September, and
commonly they bear fruit in July and August. But they will bring forth also
in March and April, if they be planted accordingly, for by that time they
will have as perfect a soul, as at any time else. If you practice it three
years together, plant them in the months of November, December, January,
February, and March, you shall have Artichokes of that kind, as will bring
forth fresh fruit almost all the year long. Likewise, if you desire to
"Sperage always growing fresh,"
And fit to be eaten, you must take this course. As soon as you have
gathered the fruit, you must dig round about the roots as they lie in their
own place under the earth, and by this means they will shoot up into new
stalks. In likewise manner, if you desire to have,
"Roses growing all the year long,"
You must plant them in every month, and by dunging them, and taking good
heed unto them, you shall have fresh Roses continually. By the like
practice, you may also have,
"Lilies all the year long,"
For if, you take the roots or cloves of Lilies, and set them in the ground,
some fourteen, some twelve, some eight fingers deep, you shall by this means
have Lilies all the year long, and so many several flowers of them as you
have planted several roots. And as this may be done by Lilies, so Anatolius
thinks the same practice will take like effect in all other flowers.
Theophrastus says, that we may have,
"Violets always growing,"
If we set them in well-fenced places, and such as lie open to the force of
the sun. For commonly fruits and flowers will grow there, when they will
grow no where else. But they must be very carefully looked unto, and then
they will come on the better. The best way is, to set them in earthen
vessels, and keep them from vehement cold and heat, bringing them forth
still when the air is calm and temperate, and applying them with moisture,
and Muck, and careful dressing. So we may procure also that,
"The Herb Oenanthe shall flourish all the year,"
For Theophrastus writes, that if we deal thereby, as in the procuring of
Violets, we shall have flowers upon it continually.
"How to produce fruits that shall be later and backward."
We have already shown how to produce forward fruits that will be very timely
ripe, now it remains that we set down such cunning sleights and devices, as
whereby we may procure fruit to grow very later, not to be ripe before the
lowest of winter. And this we may learn to effect by contrary causes to the
former, and whereas we were to heat that which we would have to be timely
ripe, we must here use coolers to make things ripen slowly, and whereas
before we were to Graft later fruits into forward trees, here we must Graft
forward fruits into later trees. Likewise we must sow or plant late, that
we may receive later fruit. For as beasts that are long here must be
perfectly bred, are long before they have their hair, and do not change
their hair before the same time of the year come again, in which they were
brought forth, so also in plants it comes to pass, that if they be set late,
they will grow late, and bring forth backward fruits. To begin with
Grafting, we will show how thereby,
"To produce later Cherries."
There is a kind of tree that brings forth a very bitter fruit, so bitter
that is called Amarendula, that is to say, a Bitterling. A branch of this
tree being Grafted into a Cherry tree, after three or four Grafting will
bring forth at length Cherries that will be very later. And, however, the
fruit of its own kind be very bitter, yet in time it will forget its former
Relish, and yield a more pleasant taste. We may effect this also by that
kind of Grafting which we spoke of in the eighth chapter, but that will be
longer in working. Likewise we may procure that,
"A Pear shall grow exceeding later,"
If we Graft the same into a Willow, for we have declared before, that such a
Grafting there may be, and certain it is, that thereby a very later fruit
may be produced. But we must see that the Willow, grow in such a place, as
where it may be nourished with continual moisture, and this Grafting must be
done about the last days of the Moon's last quarter, and it must be Grafted
between the tree and the bark. If any man would have,
"Roses grow later,"
Florentinus shows how it may be effected. When you have Grafted the Vine
branch into a Cherry tree, as soon as ever the fruit comes forth, you must
set the bud of a Rose into the bark or Pill thereof. For growing in another
body, look what time the tree wherein it is set, will Fructify, and the same
time will the Rose open itself, yielding a very excellent favor, and besides
will be very pleasant to behold. To be short, all kinds of fruits may be
made to grow later, by this kind of Grafting. Now there is another way
whereby we may procure the backward growth of fruits. And this is by
shaking or plucking off the buds or blossoms that grow first upon the tree,
for while new buds are growing up in the room of the first, time wears away,
and yet if the air be seasonable, these later buds will be good fruit, and
well ripened, though they be slow. Thus we may produce,
"Figs that are very backward,"
As Columella shows. When the green Figs are very small, shake them off, and
the tree will bring forth others that will not be ripe before the latter end
of winter. And Pliny following his authority, says, that Figs will grow
latter, if the first green ones be shaken off when they are about the
bigness of a bean, for then others will come up in their stead, which will
be long in ripening. And by this means it is, that Tarentinus shows how to
We must take away the bunches that grow first, and then others will grow up
in their stead. But we must have a special care still to look to the Vine,
that clusters may grow, and at length be ripened. By this means likewise we
"Roses to open or blow very later,"
If we tuck off the buds that grow first, at such time as the flower begins
to appear and show forth itself. This practice will take best effect, if it
be Musk Roses, especially such as are found to be fullest of leaves, for
thus we have the country store of Roses growing all winter long, as they
stand in earthen vessels, and are set up in windows, So if you would have,
"Clove-gilliflowers blow later,"
You must tuck off the first stalks and slips about that time as they are
ready to bud, and set them in the heat of the Sun all the summer long, but
you must water them continually, that they lose not all their moisture. For
by this practice we have procured other stalks, and other slips which have
yielded flowers all the winter long even to the spring, so that we have
continual winter Gilliflowers, both at home and in the country abroad.
There is also another device whereby we may cause fruit to ripen very late,
not by shaking or cutting off the buds, but by planting them late, and
keeping away the cold from them. As for example, If we would,
"Produce later Cucumbers,"
Because we know that this kind of fruit cannot endure any frost, or showers,
or cold storms, therefore we must sow the seeds in the summertime, and when
the winter draws on, we must lay heaps of Muck round about them, whereby no
cold may come at them to destroy them, and they may be ripened through the
heat and fatness thereof. But the best way to have later Cucumbers, is, as
we have shown before, either to set thereof into great Fennel stalks, or
else to cast the Cucumbers into a pit for a certain season. If we would
"A Rose blow in the Winter,"
We must watch the time when the tops of the sets begin to shoot up, as they
grow on their beds, and then take away the sets, and plant them in another
place, where the root afterward will take, and so yield us a winter Rose.
Likewise if we desire to have,
"Strawberries in the winter or spring,"
As we have in the summer, we must take them while they are white, before
they are grown to their reddish color, and put them leaves and all into
Reeds or Canes, stopping up the mouth thereof with some fat Foil, and
burying them in the earth till Winter comes, and the if we would have them
to be red of their own natural color, let them lie a while in the Sun, and
we shall obtain our purpose. By the like device as this is, we may reserve,
"Lettuce for a Winter Salad."
When she has brought forth her leaves, that they grow up round together, you
must bind the tops of them about with a little string, and keep the growing
in an earthen vessel, in such a place as they may always receive fit
nourishment, and by this means you shall have them still white and tender.
In like manner,
"Endive may be kept all Winter,"
To have it still fresh for any use. Others take other courses that are less
chargeable, as to cover them only with earth, or with straw and leaves.
Gardeners with us cover them in their gardens with sand or such like earth,
whereby they keep them very white and tender, and yet enjoy them all Winter
"How we may cause fruit to grow bigger then their ordinary kind."
It remains now that we set down certain rules and ways whereby fruit may be
made greater, and far exceed the ordinary bigness of their own kind. and
this may be effected diverse ways. For it may be done either by Engraffing
only (for indeed this is the chief privilege that Engraffing has, to procure
larger fruit.) Or else by planting upon those trees which bring forth
greater fruit of their own kind. Or else by gathering of the fruit here and
there some, if the tree be overloaded, that so the juice may more
plentifully bestow itself upon the fruit that is left behind. Or else by
dressing and trimming them. Or by other devices, as hereafter will be
shown. We will first begin with Engraffing, and show how we may procure
"That Apples or other like fruit shall grow bigger then they are found."
A tree that is planted with a Graft of her own kind, will always bring forth
greater fruit, then if it were not so planted. We brought an example hereof
out of Pliny, that Corellius took a Scion of a Chestnut tree, and Grafted
the same into the tree again, and thereby produced a greater and better
Chestnut. and for my own part, I have often made the like proof in many
other fruits, and by experience have found that all fruits may be made
greater by Engraffing, and careful looking unto, but especially Citrons.
Secondly we may procure fruit to be greater then ordinary, by grafting upon
another tree, whose kind is to bear bigger fruit. As for example, if we
"Pears that should be greater then ordinary,"
Especially the least sort of Pears called Myrapia, or Musk-pears. We may
effect it by Engraffing them to a Quince tree. Because the Quince tree, of
all others, bears the greatest fruit. And thereby the least Pears that are
may be so augmented, that they will become a very goodly fruit. Experience
whereof, we have in many places in our country. So we may cause,
"The Medlar tree to bear huge Medlars,"
Greater then any man would imagine, if we Engrafted it into the Quince tree.
The proof whereof both I have made myself, and seen it tried by many others.
And the oftener we so Engraff it, the greater Medlars we shall produce.
"The small Apricot may be made greater."
Whereas they are the smallest kind of Peaches that are. I have often
Engrafted it upon that kind of Damosin tree which bears a Plum like a Goat's
Stone both in shape and greatness, (it may be it is our Scag tree) and by
this means I procured great Apricots. But if you Engraff it into any other
Damosin tree, it will yield but a Bastard fruit. For the Apricot does not
endure kindly, to be Engrafted into any other trees besides. In our Naples
and Surrentine orchards, there is excellent fruit of this kind. And I never
say any where else. We may also,
"Augment the fruit of the Myrtle tree."
The Pomegranate tree and the Myrtle tree are each delighted with others
company, as Didymus writes in his Georgicks. Where he says plainly, that
the Pomegranate tree being Engrafted into the Myrtle tree, and likewise the
Myrtle tree into the Pomegranate tree, do each of them bring forth a greater
fruit. But I am persuaded that the Myrtle tree brings forth greater fruit
in proportion to her body when it is Engrafted upon the Pomegranate tree,
because the kind of this is greater then the kind of that, then the
Pomegranate tree does when it is Engrafted upon the Myrtle tree. By such a
kind of means we may also procure,
"Mulberries greater then ordinary,"
If we Engraff a Mulberry into a Fig tree. For so Palladius has written,
that if the Mulberry be Engrafted into a Fig tree, the Fig tree will cause
it to change his color, and will fill up the fruit thereof with a fat juice,
so that they shall be greater Mulberries then ordinarily their kind is found
to yield. A third means whereby Apples or such like fruit may be augmented,
is, by plucking off some of the fruit here and there, and leaving some few
upon the tree. For so shall the juice of the tree bestow itself more
liberally upon the fruit that is left, and make it greater. A mother does
more bountifully feed one child with her Milk, then she can feed two.
Wherefore if we would procure,
"Citrons greater then their kind."
Florentinus counsels us, that when the fruit begins to weigh down the
boughs, we should pluck off here and there some, and leave but a few behind.
So shall they that are left be thicker an bigger in every way. Pontanus
also says the same. If, says he, you would have great Citrons, big enough
to fill your hand, you must shake off a great many from all the boughs, only
leaving some few, but you must leave both the greatest, and those also that
grow in the chiefest and likeliest parts of the tree.) For, says he, the
heir that is left, will make himself merry and fat with his brother's Milk,
and thrive much the better. Palladius shows,
"How to make Apples greater then ordinary,"
And it is by this same means. For when they hang thick upon the boughs, you
must gather away the worst, and so the nourishing juice may be converted to
the best and the fairest may thereby be the better augmented. there is yet
another means whereby we may cause fruit to be the greater. And this by
dressing and trimming, when we dig about them, and water them and lay Muck
about them. And first, by this means,
"Citrons may be made greater."
For, as Palladius says, they are much helped and delighted with continual
digging about them. And,
"Quince pears may be made greater."
As the same author shows, by watering them continually. And,
"Peaches may be augmented much,"
If we plant them in moist places, and supply them with continual watering.
But if you would have the Peach trees,
"Bring forth very great ones,"
You must watch the time when they blossom, and suckle them three days
together with three pints of Goat's Milk, as Palladius shows. We have
practiced to cause,
"The Pomegranate tree to bear a mighty fruit."
And by this means. We took a good portion of fat Muck, whereunto we put an
equal portion of Swine's Dung, and the Lees of Wine and Barley Bran. And we
kept all this in a dry place for a year together, every month managing them
again one with another. And at last we put Vinegar to it, and made it like
an Ointment. Afterward in October and November, we dug away the earth from
about some parts of the Pomegranate tree roots, and there wrapped in this
Ointment around them. And at length, covered them with earth. And by this
device, I had greater Pomegranates then ever the tree bore before. But now
if you would go forward, and practice the same upon it the next two years
following, questionless, you might produce very huge Pomegranates, wonderful
to bee seen. As big as Gourds. Likewise we have caused,
"Beans to bring forth great Cods,"
By anointing them with this same Ointment. And afterwards sowing them in
the earth. Whereby we had great increase, both for the bigness of the Bean,
and also of the Cod. Also,
"Leeks and roots of Radish may be made greater,"
If we translate them out of one place, and set them in another, as
Theophrastus shows. If you would have,
"A Rape grow bigger and rounder."
You must sow it as soon as ever it is ready to be taken out of the husk.
For by the advantage and benefit of the season wherein it is sown. It will
be the more augmented because the root will thereby be the better filled,
and the larger grown. Likewise, Florentinus shows, how to make,
"Peas of a bigger growth."
If, says he, you take Peas, and steep them in warm water the day before you
sow them, they will grow the greater. Some men take more pains then needed.
Who, because they would have greater Peas growing, they steep them shells
and all, and put Nitre into the water wherein they are steeped, and sow them
in their shells.
"Vitches may be made bigger."
If they be set with a little pole, to grow up thereby. For this will cause
them to thicken, as Theophrastus says.
"Onions may be thickened."
As Sotion shows. About some twenty days before you translate them from the
place where they first grew, you must dig away the earth about them, and let
them lie drying, that all moisture may be kept from them. And then plant
them again, and they will grow much larger. But if with all you peal off
the topskin, and so plant them, they will be far greater. Likewise we may
"Artichokes to bear fuller fruit."
As Varro shows. If you plant them in a well soiled place, and cover them
with old Dung, and water them often in the summertime. You shall by this
means have a fuller and a more tender Artichoke. We may also practice
another device whereby to make greater fruit, which Theophrastus has set
down. And he brings an example, how to make,
"Pomegranates to grow greater then ordinary."
for art may cause the greatness of fruit. When the first buds be formed
upon the boughs, they must be put into an earthen vessel that is made with a
hole quit through. And the bough upon which they grow, must be swayed
downward without damaging it. Then cover the pot with earth, and so you
shall have very great Pomegranates. The reason for this is, the pot
preserves the fruit from the vapors that would otherwise annoy it. And
besides, the earth ministers some moisture unto it, so that the bigness of
it is increased by the store of nourishment. It receives no more help from
the tree, then if it were out of the earth. And therefore the Kernels are
no greater then ordinary. But the pill is much thicker. The proper juice
of it is somewhat wasted, which cause the taste of this fruit so handled, is
waterish and worse. But the Rind receives outward nourishment, and spends
none. For which cause that is much thicker. The like practice Palladius
and Martial use, thereby to procure,
"A great Citron."
They take a Citron when it is young, and shut it up fast in an earthen
vessel. For the Citron will increase continually, till it comes to be of
the bigness and fashion of the vessel wherein it is put. But there must be
a hole made through the vessel, whereby the air may get in unto it. By the
like device, Theophrastus assays to produce,
"Cucumbers and Gourds greater then ordinary."
By hiding them while they are young that nothing may come at them to hinder
their growth. Like to this device setting them in Fennel stalks, or in
earthen pipes. Whereby the natural juice and nourishment is kept in, to the
increasing of their growth. We will also show, out of Theophrastus, a like
device, whereby the Herb,
"Alisander or Parsley may be made greater."
You must dig the Alisander around the root, and cover it with Cachryl, and
then heap earth upon it. For the roots spend all the moisture themselves,
and suffer no nourishment to ascend up to the buds. This Cachryl is hot and
thick. And by the thickness it draws nourishment to it, so by virtue of the
heat it does Concoct and digest that which it has attracted. And therefore
seeing this does both draw more nourishment to the Alisander, and also
Concoct it. There must needs be a greater augmentation of that Herb. This
practice he borrowed from Aristotle. This Herb may also be made bigger by
another means. Namely, if when you plant it, you make a hole for it in the
ground with a great stake. For the root will at length fill up the hole.
So there is a means to make,
"A Radish root grow bigger,"
If it be planted in a cold ground, as Pliny shows. For Radishes are much
cherished and delighted with cold. As in some cold places of Germany there
are Radishes growing as big as a little child. Some have reported, that if
you drive a stake into the ground six inches deep, and put chaff into the
pit which the stake has made, and then put in the Radish seed, covering it
over with earth and Muck, the Radish will grow up to the bigness of the pit.
By a device not much unlike to this, Florentinus shows how to,
"Make a great Lettuce."
You must remove them, and water them well. And when they are grown half a
handful high, you must dig round about them, that the roots may be seen.
Then wrap them in Ox Dung, and cover them over again, and water them still.
And when they are waxen bigger, cut the leaves cross with a sharp knife, and
lay upon them a little barrel or tub that never was pitched, (for Pitch will
hurt the Herb) that so it may grow not in height, but only spread forth in
breadth. So the Herb,
"Beet may be made greater,"
As Sotion shows. To make a Beet grow in bigness, says he, you must cover
the roots over with some fresh Ox Dung, and divide the leaves or buds. Lay
a broad Stone or a tile upon it, to cause it to spread froth in breadth.
You may also make,
By removing them, and laying a great Stone or a broad tile upon them. By the
same device, Anatolius shows how to make,
By laying tiles on the roots thereof, as upon Leeks. Theophrastus shows
another way to make,
And he states the gardeners of his time were found to practice it. They
took away the leaves in the winter, when they flourish most, and cast the
Radishes into the ground, covering them over with earth. And so they lasted
and grew till summer came again, never shooting forth either into buds or
leaves, except it were the earth was gone, that they lay uncovered. The
like experiment does Palladius teach, concerning the Rape-root, whereby to
As soon as you have brought them up, you must strip off all the leaves, and
cut off the stalk an inch above the root. Then make furrows for them in the
ground. And there bury them asunder about eight inches deep. And when you
have cast earth upon them, tread it in. And by this, you shall have great
Rape-roots. The like means, Theophrastus thinks to make,
"The Herb Wakerobin to grow greater."
When it is most full of leaves, and when the leaves be at the broadest, we
must bow them downward, winding them round the root within the earth, that
the Head does not but forth, but all the nourishment may be committed to the
Head of the Herb. We also may make,
"Onions to grow bigger,"
As Theophrastus supposes, if we take all that stalk, that is the provider of
the nourishment, may it descend downwards. Lest it should be that chief
virtue thereof should spend itself upon the feeding. Sotion says, that if a
man plants onions, he must cut off both the tops and the tails thereof, that
so they may grow to a greater bigness then ordinary. Palladius says, that
if we desire to have great Headed Onions, we must cut off all the blade,
that so the juice may be forced down to the lower parts. In like manner, if
we would have,
"Garlic Heads greater then common,"
We must take all the greenish substance thereof, before it be bladed, and
turn it downward, that so it may grow into the earth. There is yet another
device, whereby to make Herbs and roots grow bigger then ordinary. But yet
I like not so well of it, however many ancient writers have set it down.
"How to make Leeks grow greater."
Columella has prescribed this course. You must take a great many Leek
seeds, and bind them together in Linen clouts. And so cast them into the
ground. And they will yield great Leeks. Which thing Palladius also
confirms by his authority, in the very same words. But both of them had it
out of Theophrastus, who puts it for a general rule, that if a man sows many
seeds bound up together in a Linen cloth, it will cause both the root to be
larger, and the buds to be larger also. And therefore in his time they
often found to sow Leeks, Parsley, and other Herbs in the same manner. For
they are of more force when there are many seeds together, all of them
concurring into one nature. Moreover, it makes not a little to the
enlarging of fruits, to take the seeds which we would sow, out of some
certain part of the former fruit. As for example, we shall procure,
"A Gourd of a greater or larger growth."
One should take the seed out of the middle of the Gourd, and set it with the
top downward. This course Columella prescribes, in his Hortulus. Look,
says he, where the Gourd swells most, and is of the largest compass. Then,
even out of the middle of it, you must take your seed, and that will yield
you the largest fruit. And this is experienced not in Gourds only, but also
in all other fruit. For the seeds which grow in the bowels or belly, as it
were, of any fruit, are commonly most perfect, and yield most perfect fruit.
Whereas the seeds that grow in the outward parts, produce for the most weak
and unperfected fruit. Likewise the grains that are in the middle of the
ear, yield the best Corn. Whereas both the highest and the lowest are not
so perfect. But because Gourds yield great increase, the experience here is
more evidently in them then in any other. Cucumbers will be of a great
growth, as the Quintiles say, if the seeds be set with their Heads downward.
Or else if you set a vessel full of water under them in the ground, that so
the roots may be drenched therein. For we have known them grow both sweeter
and greater by this device.
"How to produce fruit that shall not have any stone or Kernel in it."
It is a received thing in philosophy, especially among those that have set
forth unto us the choicest and nicest points of Husbandry, that if you take
Quicksets, or any branches that you would plant, and get out the Pith of
them with some Earpicker, or any like instrument made of bone. They will
yield fruit without any Stone, and without any Kernel. For it is Pith that
both breeds and nourishes the substance of the Kernel. But the Arcadians
are of a quite contrary opinion. For, say they, every tree that has any
Pith in it at all, will live. But if all the Pith be taken out of it, it
will be so far from yielding any stoneless fruit, that it cannot chose but
to die, and become quite dried up. The reason is, because the Pith is the
moistest and most lively part of any tree or plant. For the nourishment
which the ground sends up into any plant, is conveyed especially by the Pith
into all the other parts. For nature has so ordained it, that all the parts
draw their nourishment, as it were, their food and breath, through the
marrow or Pith of the stock, as it were through a Squirt or conduit pipe.
Which may appear by experience, seeing any bough or stalk, so soon as the
Marrow is gone, returns and crooks backward, till it be quite dried up, as
the Ancients have shown. But I for my part must needs hold both against
Theophrastus and against others also that have written of Husbandry, both
that trees may live after their Marrow is taken out from them, and also that
they will bring forth fruit having Stones or Kernels in them. This, even
though there be no Pith in the tree themselves, as I have shown more at
large in my books of Husbandry. Not withstanding, lest I should omit
anything belonging to this argument, I have thought good here to set down
the examples which those Ancients have delivered in writing, that every man
that wants may make a trial of. And some among the rest using greater
diligence in the proof hereof then I did, may find better success herein
then I have found. There are many means, whereby plants may be deprived of
Kernels. As namely by Engraffing, by taking out their Pith, by foiling with
Dung, or by watering, and by other devices. We will first begin as our
founded manner is, with engraffing, and will show how to produce,
"A Peach-apple without a Stone."
Palladius says he learned this new kind of Engraffing of a certain Spaniard,
which he says also he had experienced in a Peach tree. Take a Willow bough
about the thickness of a man's arm. But it must be very sound, and two
yards long at the least. Bore it through the middle, and carry it where a
young Peach tree grows. Then strip off all the Peach tree Sprigs. All but
the very top. Then draw it through the hole of the Willow bough. Then
stick both ends of the Willow into the ground, that it may stand bending
like a bow. And fill up the hole that you bored, with dirt and moss, and
bind them with thongs. About a year after, when the Peach tree and the
Willow are incorporated into each other, cut the plant beneath the joining
place, and remove it. Cover both the Willow bough and the top of the plant
also with earth. By this means you shall procure Peaches without Stones.
But this must be done in moist and waterish places. And besides, the Willow
must be relieved with continual watering, and so the nature of the wood may
be cherished, (as it delights in moisture) and it may also minister abundant
juice to the plant that is Engrafted in it. By the like experiment we may
procure, as Avicenna shows, that,
"A Citron shall grow without any seed in it."
For, says he, if we Engraff it into a Quince tree, it will yield such a
fruit. Albertus promises to produce,
"A Medlar without any Stones,"
By Engraffing it into an Apple tree, or a Service tree. But experience
proves this to be false. Yet, surely, if it be so Engrafted, it will have a
softer Kernel a great deal. The reason which brought the Ancients to think
and write thus, was this. They saw that such fruits as have in the hardest
Stones, do grow upon such trees as have in them the hardest Pith. As the
Dog-tree, the Olive tree, the Damosin tree, the Myrtle tree, and the like.
They saw also, that such trees as have a soft and a spongy kind of Pith in
them, as the Fig tree, and the Alder tree, and such like, bring forth fruit
without any Stones in them at all. And from hence they gathered and
concluded, that it is the Pith which nourishes the Kernel. Which thing
howsoever it has had some little shadow of truth in it, yet they should not
have extended it generally to all plants, seeing experience proves it to
fail very often. Now let us come to the second means whereby fruit may be
prevented of their Kernels. And this is by taking forth the Pith or Marrow.
As for example. If you would procure the growing of,
"A Grape without any Stone in it,"
Democritus counsels you to take a branch or twig of a Vine, and cleave it
just in the middle, and either with a Stone, or some instrument made of
bone, fetch out all the Pith, in that part which you will plant within the
earth. Or at least as far as you can hollow it without spoil. Then
presently bind up the parts together again with paper stiffly and tightly
wrapped about them, and make a trench for them in some moist and very
fertile soil, where you must plant them in one, and fasten it to some sure
prop, that it may not be wreathed nor bowed. So will they soon grow up
together into one, as they were before. But it would be much better, if you
would put the clove or Head of a Sea-onion into that part which you have
robbed of the Pith. For this is as good as glue to fasten them together.
And the moisture hereof will keep them supple, as also the heat hereof will
cherish them much. Theophrastus says, that you may procure Grapes without
any Stones in them, if you rob the Vine branch of the Pith that is in it,
whereof the Stones are found to be Gendred. And Columella says, that if you
would have Grapes without Stones, you must cleave the Vine branch, and take
out all the Pith. But so, that the buds be not hurt thereby. Then join it
together, and bind it up again, so that you crush not the buds. And so
plant it in a well soiled ground, and there water it often. When it begins
to shoot up into slips, you must dig deep about it often. And when it comes
to bear, it will yield Grapes without any Stones. Palladius says, there is
a pleasant kind of Grape which has no Kernels in it, so that it may be
swallowed down easily, and that with no small pleasantness, as if it were
many stoned and eaten up together. The manner of procuring it is, as the
Greeks record, by art assisted by nature. The set which we would plant,
must be cleft in the middle, so far as we mean to set it within the ground.
And when we have picked and clean scraped out all the Pith of those parts,
we must close them together again. And when we have bound them hard up, set
them in the earth. But the bond wherewith they are tied up, must be made of
Paper or Parchment. And the ground where they are set, must be a moist
place. Some go to work more precisely, and put the plant so cleft and made
up again, into a Sea-onion, so far as the plant was cloven. For by the help
thereof, all plants do sooner and easier take root. Pliny likewise says,
there is a new invented kind of Grape, when the Vine branch that is to be
planted, is cloven in the middle, and all the Pith is scraped out, and the
pieces knit up together again, with a special care that the buds receive no
harm in any way. Then they set the Vine branch in a well soiled ground.
and when it begins to shoot forth, they prune it, and dig often about it.
The Grapes which it bears afterwards, will have no hard Kernel in them, as
Columella writes. However, it is a great marvel that there can be in them
any Kernels at all, though never so soft. Seeing all the Pith, which is the
mother of the Kernel, is quite taken away. But surely I for my part marvel
at those who think it strange that a tree should live when this Pith is
gone, and are persuaded that a Vine branch can bear fruit with Kernels when
the Pith is taken out of it. Seeing many men in the Country are
eyewitnesses that there do many plants live without any Pith in them. And
seeing also it is impossible almost that any tree should bear fruit without
Kernels, because the Kernel carries itself the very seed whereby one fruit
may be generated of another. Likewise you may procure, as Democritus also
"Pomegranates and Cherries without any Stones,"
If in like manner you pick out the Pith of young plants that you set. And
Africanus says, if you deal with these as with Vine branches, plucking out
the Pith after you have cleft them, and then plant them. And after a while
cut off the upper parts of the plants when they have budded forth, then the
Pomegranates set, will yield fruit without any Kernels. Palladius borrows
this same experiment of Africanus, and sets it down word by word as he does.
"A Cherry tree may bring forth fruit without any Stone within,"
Martial shows more distinctly. Cut off a young plant about two foot long,
and cleave it as it stands in the ground, down to the root. Then fetch out
the Pith on both sides, and presently tie them up again fast, and cover the
whole cleft both on the top, and on both sides, with Muck. So shall they
grow fast together again in one year. Then Engraff some young Sprigs from a
Cherry tree, such as never bore any fruit before into this stock. And by
this means you shall procure Cherries without any Stones at all. Others,
that they might accomplish their purpose more speedily, did not cleave such
tender young Cherry trees, but bored a great hole through trees of good
growth, so that it might pierce the whole Pith, and cross it in the middle
if the tree. Then they put a stake or a wedge into it, which might stop the
passage of the Pith, that one might be ministered into the upper parts. In
like manner, Africanus teaches how to procure,
"A Peach without any Stone."
You must, says he, bore a hole beneath through the body of the tree. And
having so cut off the Pith from passing upward, you must fill up the hole
with a stake of Willow or Prickwood. So shall you intercept the Pith from
ascending out of the root into the branches. Some writers are there, which
show how to procure stoneless fruit by diligence in dressing and trimming of
plants. It is held for a rule in Husbandry, that soft, fat, and moist
nourishment does alter all wild and unkindly fruit into that which is milder
and more natural. It is a kind of mildness in fruit, to have a little, soft
and sweet Kernel. As on the contrary, it is wildness to have a great and
hard Kernel, for it comes by reason of a kind of harsh and dry nourishment
that the earth sends up into them. Wherefore no doubt but we may procure
the Kernel of a fruit to be smaller and more tender , by diligence and skill
in dressing them. To begin with a Vine...
"How a Vine may bring forth Grapes without a harsh and stony Kernel."
At such time as Vines are pruned, you must take a fruitful Sprig, somewhat
near the top as you can, and there, as it grows, you must pick out the Pith
at the highest end, never cleaving it, but hollowing it with some fit
instrument as well as you can. and there uphold it with a prop that it bow
not down. Then take some Cyrenian juice, as the Greeks call it, and pour it
into the place that is hollow. But first you must steep this juice in
water, to the thickness of Sodden Wine. And this you must do for eight days
together every day once, until the Vine branch sprouts forth again.
Columella says the very same. That the Vine branch as it grows upon the
Vine must be cut, and the Pith of it fetched out with some fit instrument,
as well as you may, out of the top without the cleaving of the branch. But
the branch being whole, and still growing on the Vine. You must put into it
some Benjamin or Cyrenian juice steeped in water, as was shown before, and
set it upright with a prop, that the juice may not run forth. And this is
to be done for eight days together. So if we would procure,
"A Myrtle without a Kernel,"
Theophrastus teaches us how to do it. If you water the Myrtle tree with hot
water, then, says he, the fruit will be better, and without any Kernel.
Some affirm, that this experiment was found out by chance. For once there
stood near to a bath, a Myrtle tree which no man regarded. The visitors to
the bath took off some of the fruit by chance, and found them without any
Kernels. Then they carried some home, and set them, and so this kind of
fruit began first in Athens. Didymus also says, that if the Myrtle tree be
often watered with warm Liquor, it will yield berries without any Stones or
Kernels within. Theophrastus shows yet another way whereby this may be
effected. Take, says he, the filth or shavings of skins, and put them in
Urine. And so lay them about the root of the Myrtle tree at such time as
the buds begin to show themselves. And so shall you have berries that have
either none at all, or else very small Kernels in them. Likewise the
Pomegranate may be produced without any Kernels within it, if you lay good
store of Swine Dung about the root of the Pomegranate tree.
"How Fruit may be produced without any outward Rinds or Shells."
The very same helps and devices which we prescribed for the producing of
fruit without their inner Kernel, we may likewise use in the practice of
producing Nuts, and such like fruit as are likely to grow in shells and
Rinds. That they may grow naked as it were without any shell at all. And
first this may be effected by taking away the Pith from the plant that bears
"A Nut without a shell,"
May be produced, as Damageron teaches. If you bore a hole through the Nut
tree, and put into it a stake of Elm to fill it up. You shall thereby stop
the Pith from ascending into the upper parts. And so no shells can grow
because it is the Pith only that causes them. Palladius counsels you to
bore the hole through the root, and stop it with a stake of Box, or some
wedge made of Iron, or of Copper. But Theophrastus shows, how to procure,
"Almonds and Chestnuts with a soft shell,"
And this is by skill in dressing the trees. If you would soften and alter
the fruit, we must apply the root with Swine Dung. For this is a very
forcible worker. Likewise, often digging will cause both the plants to
prosper better, and the fruit to become better also. For the Kernels will
be smaller, in such fruit as have any Stones in them. And such fruit as
grow in shells or Rinds, as Almonds and Chestnuts, will have the softer
shell without, and the larger Kernel within. For the greater store of
nourishment there is applied to the tree, the moister it is, and the
substance of the fruit is so much the more increased. But Palladius would
persuade us, that if we rid away the earth from the roots of the Almond tree
some certain days before it begins to blossom, and all that while applying
them with warm water, we shall hereby procure Almond shells to be very
tender. If we would produce,
"That kind of Nut which is called Nux Tarentina,"
The same author Damageron has shown us how to do it. Every Nut and Almond
will yield a mild fruit with a tender shell, if we continually apply the
body and the root of the tree with pouring ashes upon them. And likewise
all other kinds of fruit that grow in any shell or Rind, may be so wrought
upon, and will suffer the like alteration by the like means practiced upon
them. If you would produce a Tarentine Nut, Palladius says, you must water
the tree with Lye thrice a month throughout the whole year, and so you may
obtain your purpose. Others effect such alterations by correcting the
plants. As, by cutting off the tops of the roots. If the Nut be too hard
shelled, you may also remedy it by cutting and paring off the bark of the
tree as Damageron shows. For by this means you draw down that harsh and
wild Humor. The reason for this is, because the bark of the tree answers to
the shell of the fruit. And therefore, as to amend the inner Kernel we
abated the Pith, so to soften or amend the outer shell or Rind of the fruit,
we must abate the bark of the tree. A thing which we have observed by
another like example. For a Peach being Engrafted upon a bitter Almond
tree, the Pill of the fruit thence growing was so bitter, that it could not
be eaten until the Pill were pared off. This secret may stead you in many
other experiments of the like kind. But this kind of Nut, which we now
speak of, I have growing in my own orchard. And it has such a tender shell,
and so thin, that as soon as ever it is but touched, the shell falls off,
and the fruit is bare and naked. Florentinus produced,
"An Almond without a shell,"
On his manner, he broke the shell very carefully, so that the Kernel was
kept whole. Then he took Wool, and sometimes green leaves of the Vine, or
of the Plane tree, and wrapped it about the Kernel . Lest he should have
set it without any covering about it, the Emots or such like Vermin should
have gnawn it. Columella shows another device whereby we may procure,
"A Filbert to become a Tarentine Nut."
When you have made your pit wherein you intent to set your Nut, put into it
a little earth, about half a foot deep. And there plant the seed of
Fennel-giant. And when the Fennel has come up, cleave it, and within the
Pith of it put your Filbert without any shell upon it, and so cover it all
over with earth. This if you practice before the Calends of March, or
between the Nones and the Ides of March, you shall have your purpose. They
prescribe likewise another device, whereby,
"Gourds may bring forth fruit without any seeds within them."
The Gourd, say they, will grow seedless, if you take the first branch or
Sprig of a Gourd, when it is a little grown up, and bury it in the earth as
they use to deal by Vines, so that only the Head thereof may appear. And so
soon as it is grown up again, to bury it so again. But we must have a
special care that the slips which grow up out of the stalk be cut away, and
note but he stalk left behind. So shall the fruit that grows upon it,
whether it be Gourds or Cucumbers, be destitute of all seed within.
Likewise they will grow without seeds in them, if the seeds which are
planted, be Macerated or steeped in Sea Samine oil, for the space of three
days before they be sown.
"How to procure fruits, to be of diverse colors, such as are not naturally
incident to their kind."
Now we will show how to color fruits. The effecting whereof there have been
diverse means devised. As watering, and Engraffings which can never be
sufficiently commended or spoken of, other like practices. To begin with
Engraffing. If we would color any fruit, we must Engraff it upon a plant
that flourishes with the same color which we would borrow. As for example,
if we would produce,
We must Engraff them upon a Plane tree, and the fruit will be red, as
Diophanes, Didymus, and Palladius affirm. So we may procure that the fruit,
"Rhodacens shall grow red,"
If we Engraff them upon a Plane tree, as Africanus witnesses. Of whom
Palladius learned that the way to make Rhodacens look red, is to Engraff
them into a Plane tree. If you would have,
"Citrons of a red scarlet color,"
Avicenna shows you may effect by Engraffing them into a Pomegranate tree.
For we have shown before that such an Engraffing may well be made. But if
you would have,
"Citrons to be blood red,"
Florentinus shows that you may effect this by Engraffing them into a
Mulberry tree. Which experiment Diophanes approves. Likewise he that
desires to have,
"Red Pears ,"
Must Engraff them into a Mulberry tree. For this means the Pears will grow
red, as Tarentinus and Diophanes do witness. So also you may procure,
"A white Fig to become red,"
By Engraffing it upon a Mulberry tree, as the same Diophanes witnesses. By
the same means,
"Apples may be of a blood red color."
If it be Engrafted into a Mulberry tree, as Avicenna shows. But Beritius
and Diophanes write, that the Mulberry tree itself, which makes all other
Apple fruit to become red, may be caused to bring forth,
If it be Engrafted into a white Poplar tree. For this will alter the color
of the fruit. But Palladius procures this effect by another means. Not by
Engraffing the Mulberry into a white Poplar, but into the Fig tree. For
this also will alter their color, and cause,
As he shows in his verses. Wherein he says, that the Fig tree does persuade
Mulberries to change their own color and to take hers. Whereof I myself
have seen the experience. Likewise, of
"A white Vine may be made red Wine,"
If we Engraff a white Vine into a black. For the stock into which it is
Engrafted, will alter the color much, as I have seen by experience in Honey
Grapes, those which we call Greek Grapes. For the Vines which have been
Engrafted upon those Greek Vines, have yielded a blackish juice or Wine. And
the more often such Engraffing has been made, the blacker the juice that was
yielded. In the places bout the Hill Vesuvius, the white Wine Grape, which
grows upon her own stalk that is Engrafted into the Greek Vine, yields a
more high-colored Wine then others do. Another way to make,
"Apples grow red,"
Is by diligent and cunning dressing, even by applying them with hot and fat
Receipts. For there are two chief elements or principles of color. White
and black, or dark colored. Now by dressing them, and applying fat things
unto them. We may procure every flower or fruit that is blackish, to become
brighter and fresher colored. Whereas on the other side, if they be
neglected, that we do not bestow pains and care in trimming them, their
color will not be so lively, but Degenerate into a whitish hue. For all
colors that begin to fade, wax somewhat whitish. Beritius therefore,
endeavoring to make Apples grow red, watered them with Urine, and so
obtained his purpose. But Didymus,
"To procure red Pomegranates,"
Watered the tree with bath water Sodden into Lye, and some other water mixed
therewith. But there is yet another device, whereby we may procure,
"Apples to grow red,"
By opposing them directly to the greatest force of the Sunbeams. For this
will make them red. Beritius, that he might cause the reflex of the
Sunbeams to be more forcible upon the fruit, used this Slight. He fastened
certain stakes into the ground, and weighing down the boughs that had fruit
upon them, he bound them charily without hurting the fruit to those stakes.
And near thereunto he dug certain ditches filling them with water, or else
would place some other vessels full of water near the boughs. Casing this
in his conjecture, that surely the heat of the Sun lighting upon the water,
would cause hot vapors, which being reflected together with the heat of the
Sun into the places near adjoining where the fruit hangs, and so reflected
upon the fruit, would procure them to be of a reddish and goodly color.
Beritius assayed to procure,
by another device, by a secret kind of operation. Under the tree he would
often set Roses, which did lend there goodly hue to the Apples that grow
upon the tree above them. Democritus practiced the like device not upon
Apples, but upon Rhodacens, and made,
by planting Roses underneath the tree, round about the roots. Likewise we
may color fruit by coloring the seeds of them. For look what color we
procure in the seed, either by Steeping it in some colored Liquor, or by any
other means, the fruit will grow to be of the same color which the seed is,
when it is set or sown. As for example we may color,
With Sanquinary or Vermillion. If we bury a Peach Stone in the ground, and
take it up again seven days after (for in that time, the Stone will open of
itself) and then put into it some Vermillion, and bury it in the earth
again, and afterward look carefully unto it, we shall thereby procure
Vermillion colored Peaches. And Democritus is persuaded, that if we should
put into it any other color after the same manner, the Peach would be of
that other color. It is a thing commonly reported among us, and it is not
unlike to be true, that,
"Peaches may be of a Sanguine color,"
By another means. You must take a Peach Stone, and put it into a Carrot
that is then growing, and the stalk which grows of that Stone in the Carrot.
If it be carefully nourished and preserved, will bring forth Peaches of a
Sanguine color. In like manner, if you would have,
"White Kernels growing in a Pomegranate."
Palladius shows how to do it, by the authority of Martial. If you take
Chalk and white Clay, and with them mingle a quarter so much plastering, and
apply the Pomegranate tree roots with this kind of foliage or Dunging, for
the space of three whole years together, you shall obtain your purpose.
Likewise, if you desire,
"Melons of a Sanguine color."
You must take Melon seeds, and steep them in Sanguine Liquor for three or
four days together before you set them, you may easily have your desire. Or
else, if you open a little the skin of the seed, and put within it the juice
of red Roses, Clove-gilliflowers, and Blackberries that grow upon Brambles,
or of any other like thing. So that it be not hurtful to the seed, you may
effect your purpose. And I suppose that the Sanguine colored Melon which
are seen in these countries, are thus used, that they may be of this color.
Consequent upon these devices is that the sleight whereby,
"A Peach may grow with any writing upon it."
The Greeks affirm, that a Peach may be made to grow with a writing upon it,
if you take out the Stone and bury it in the earth for seven days. And then
when it begins to open, pluck out the Kernel, and write in it what you will,
with Vermillion juice. Then bind up the Kernel into the Stone again, and
set it so into the ground, and you shall have growing a written fruit. Now
as the Sun does color the Herbs that it may welcome at, as we have shown.
So by keeping the force of the Sun away from them. And with us,
"A Lettuce may be made white,"
As Florentinus shows. If you would, says he, procure goodly white Lettuce,
then must you bind together the tops of the leaves, two days before they be
gathered. For so they will be fair and white. Likewise you may whiten them
by casting sand upon them. And with us,
"Artichokes are made white,"
By the very same means which we speak of. And if you would cause,
"Beets to become whiter then ordinary,"
You must cover the roots over with Cow Dung, and as we spoke before
concerning Leeks so here you must cleave the bud, and lay a broad Stone or a
tile upon it, as Sotion shows. So Columella teaches how to make,
"Endive to grow white,"
When the leaves are shot forth, you must tie them about the tops with a
small string, and cover them over with an earthen vessel set fast into the
ground. And the Herb will be white. Others are at less charges, and cover
them over with some earth. Our gardeners lay them in sand, and so make them
very white. If you would procure,
You must put the slips as soon as ever they appear out of the earth, into a
broken Reed. And there let them grow for a while, and afterward when you
take away the Cane or Reed, the Sperage will be whiter then ordinary.
"How the color of Flowers may also be changed."
In transforming and meddling the colors of flowers together, we may procure
such strange medleys, as nothing can be more delightful to be seen. Those
which are of a deep purple color may be meddled with azure blue. Those
which are white as Milk, may be meddled either with a duskish hue, or with a
green, or crimson, or some other Compound colors. In the beholding whereof,
the mind cannot choose but be affected with great delight, and be ravished
with admiration, and as it were quite overcome with the excellent beauty of
them. Wherefore we will set down certain rules, whereby we may be able to
alter the color of flowers, as we prescribed certain rules before, whereby
we have shown how to alter the color of fruit. And first we will show, how
"Gilliflowers that are of themselves purple, or else white, may become azure
You must cut off (somewhat near the root) a stalk of Endive or Blue-bottle,
or Bugloss, but the old wild Endive is best for this purpose. And let it be
grown to an inch in thickness. Then cleave that in the middle which is left
growing in the ground, and plant into it a Gilliflower new plucked out of
the earth, root and all. Then bind up the stalks or slips with some Slight
bond, and lay a good store of earth and Dung round about it. So shall it
yield you a flower, that is somewhat bluish, of a most delightful color to
behold. This, many of my friends will need to persuade me, though for my
own part, I have often made trial of it, and yet never see it effected. But
this I have seen. That a white Gilliflower slip being Engrafted into a red
Carrot made hollow for the same purpose. And so buried in the earth, has
yielded a sea colored flower. If after the same manner you Engraff it into
the root of Orchanet, by which means also you may turn a purple Gilliflower
into a scarlet. If you would have,
"A Rose, as also the flower Jasmine to be of a Yellow color."
You may procure it by Engraffing either of them into a Broom stalk. For of
all other, the Broom flower is most yellow. And though we cannot do it so
well, by clapping the leaf or the bud of the one upon the leaf or bud of the
other, yet it may be effected by boring into the stalk after this manner.
You must set a Rose or a Jasmine near to the Broom, and when they are
somewhat grown, take them up together with the earth that is about them (for
they will prove better when they are set again, with their own earth which
is about them, being as it were their mother, then with any other earth that
shall be as it were their step-mother,) then bore a passage into the Broom
stalk and plant it into the Broom. And there, cover the with Loam where the
Engraffing was made. And so bind them up. Afterward, when the set is
grown into the stalk, you must cut off all the Head somewhat above the
Engraffing place. So shall you have a Rose or a Jasmine thereby growing, of
a lovely yellowish color. Which kind of flowers are very usual with us, and
this their borrowed color is so orient and bright that the eye is scarce
able to endure the brightness thereof. There is another means also whereby
we may color flowers, and that is by pouring some coloring into the roots.
If you would have,
"Lilies to be red,"
We will show how to do it, as Florentinus has shown us. Take a Lilly Clove
or Head, and when you have opened it well, pour into it some Sinoper, or any
other coloring, and the Lilly flower that grows out of the Clove so dressed,
will be of the same color. But you must be very careful that you hurt not
the Clove or Head, when you so open it. And besides, you must be sure to
cover it with fat and well soiled earth. By the like means you may procure,
"Lilly flowers of a purple color."
The manner whereof, Anatolius shows to be thus. You must take ten or twelve
Lilly stalks, about such time as they are ready to yield flowers. Bind them
all together and hang them up in the smoke. Then will there spring out of
them some small roots, like unto a Scallion. Therefore when the time of the
year serves to set them, you must steep the stalks in the Lees of red Wine,
until you see they are thoroughly stained with that color. You must take
them apart, and set every one of them by itself, watering them still with
the same Lees. And so shall you have Lilies that bear a purple flower.
Cassianus attempted by the very like means,
"To produce white Ivy,"
He Steeped it in white Marle, and covered the roots of it with the same
Mortar for eight days together, and it brought forth white berries. We may
effect the like matters by careful manuring and dressing of fruit. For if
we apply them with fat and fertile Muck, the flowers will be a great deal
the better colored, and may be made blackish. As we have often proved in
Clove-gilliflowers, which we have procured to be so deep colored, that they
have been even black. And on the contrary,
"Roses, Clove-gilliflowers, and Violets will wax of a whitish color,"
If they be not carefully looked unto, that either you do not water them
well, nor transplant them, nor dig about them, nor feed them with Muck. For
by this means Theophrastus writes, not only these kind of flowers, but
almost all other, that grow in the woods and forest unregarded, do become
light colored. But Didymus has devised another kind of sleight diverse from
these. Whereby he makes Roses and Clove-gilliflowers to become white very
suddenly. And this is by smoking and perfuming them with Brimstone about
the time they begin to open.
"How fruits and flowers may be made to yield better flavor then ordinary."
As it is pretty and delightful to see fruit and flowers wear a Counterfeit
color, so it is worth our labor to procure them a more fragrant smell then
their ordinary kind is found to afford. Which thing we may effect by
diverse ways, by planting, by watering, and by other devices. and for
example sake, we will first show, how to make,
"Lemons to become very Odoriferous."
If we take that least kind of Lemon, which is called Limoncellum picciolum,
and Engraff into a Citron tree, the stock will inspire the fruit with a very
nice smell. And the more often that you so Engraff it, the sweeter smell it
will afford, as by daily experience we have tried in our Naples gardens. So
also we may procure,
"Very Odoriferous Pears,"
By Engraffing them upon a Quince tree, for the stock thereof will lend the
fruit a graceful favor. Diophanes vouches, that,
"Apples may be made more Odoriferous,"
If they are Engrafted into a Quince tree. And that hereby are procured
those good Apples which the Athenians call Melimela. And I suppose that the
Apple called Appium malum, was produced by the often Engraffing of an Apple
into a Quince tree. For the smell of it is somewhat like a Quince. And it
is not unlike that Appius Claudius found it out, and first procured it by
the same means. Likewise we have with us great red Apples, and some of them
of a murky color. Which yield the same smell. And questionless could never
be produced but by the same means. So we have procured,
"The Centifole Roses to be more Odoriferous."
If you would do so also, you must Engraff it into that kind of Rose, which
by reason of the sweet smell of Musk that it carries with it, is called
Moschatula. But you must often reiterate the Engraffing of it again and
again. So shall it be more beautiful and more full of leaves, and smell the
sweeter. But it is best to Engraff it by Inoculation, by clapping the bud
of the one upon the bud of the other. For so it will take soonest, and
prove best. By a Slight not much unlike this we may procure,
"Vines to smell of sweet Ointments,"
As Paxamus shows. If you would have the Vine to smell sweetly, and the
place where it grows, you must take the branches and cleave them, and pour
in sweet Ointments into them when you are about to plant them. But your
labor will take the better effect, if you first steep the branches in sweet
oil, and then plant or Engraff them. I have practiced an easier and
slighter way, besmearing the branches that are to be Engrafted, with Musk,
or else Steeping them in Rosewater, if the Musk did not stay upon them. So
also we could make,
"Lemons to be as Odoriferous as Cinnamon,"
By taking the Sprigs that are to be planted, and besmearing them with oil or
the water of Cinnamon and dressing them with much industry and diligence.
And this kind of Lemon is usual among us. And is termed by the common
people Limon celleum incancellatum. There is also another device whereby
fruit may be made Odoriferous, and to smell of Spice. And this is, by
taking the seeds of them, and Steeping them in sweet water before they be
sown. As for example, if we would procure,
Cassianus has declared out of Varro, the manner how to effect it. You must
take Artichoke seeds, and steep them for the space of three days in the
juice of Roses, Lilies, or Bays, or some other like, and so to set them in
the ground. Also you may make Artichokes smell like Bays, if you take a
Bayberry, and make a hole in it, and put therein your Artichoke seed, and so
plant it. Palladius records out of the same author, that if you steep
Artichoke seeds for three days together in the oil of Bays, or Spikenard, or
Balm gum, or the juice of Roses, or of Mastick, and afterward set them when
they are dry, that then the Artichokes that grow out of those seeds, will
yield the smell and favor of that which the seeds were before steeped in.
"Melons of the fragrant smell of Roses,"
After this manner...by taking Melon seeds, and laying them up among the dry
Roses, and so planting them one amongst the other. I have procured Melons
to smell like Musk by opening that part whereby the seed sprouts out, and
Steeping them in Rosewater wherein some Musk is Distilled also, and so
planting them after two days Steeping . So we have procured,
By taking the seed of Lettuce, and putting it into the seed of a Citron, and
so planting it. After the same manner, you may learn to make,
"Flowers grow that shall smell of Cloves."
If you take the seeds of those flowers, and lay them in Clove powder, or the
oil of Cloves, or Clove-water Distilled. And so set them. For by this
means the flowers will entertain the smell and favor of the Cloves. And
this I take it, was the cunning sleight whereby our ordinary
Clove-gilliflowers were first produced. For questionless, Gilliflowers do
grow everywhere of themselves without any such pleasant smell. And besides,
they are of a smaller size, and of their own kind somewhat wild. But it
should seem, that the gardeners did by their industry and trimming, bestow
the smell of Cloves upon them, by Steeping their seeds in Clove-water, or by
supplying them with the oil of Cloves, or else by sticking Cloves in the
roots of them. And so planting them. We may add to these Slights another
"How to make Garlic grow that shall not smell rankly and unfavorably."
Sotion has taught us the way. If, says he, you do set Garlic, and pluck it
up again, both when the Moon is underneath the Earth, it will not have any
bad favor. And Theophrastus has taught us a means,
"How we may procure Roses to yield a more Odoriferous smell."
Namely, if you take Garlic, and plant it near your Roses.
"How to procure fruits to be sweeter and pleasanter for taste."
There are some trees, which cannot away with any scar. But if you cut their
stock never so little, or make any other scar in them, presently the air and
the extrinsecal heat get in, and so the trees perish. For the Corruption
will fall downward to the root, and so make the trees presently to wither
and fade away. Now there are other trees, which will abide not only a scar,
but also to have their stock cleft, and to be bored into. Yes, and by this
means also, they will bear fruit more plentifully. As does both the
Pomegranate tree, the Almond tree, and the Apple tree. Of all which there
is very great use. The reason hereof is this. Their nature and kind is, to
receive so much nourishment as is sufficient for them, and to void away
hurtful and superfluous Humors. For as those living creatures which sweat
most, or have some other issue in their bodies, are most healthful and
likely to live longest. So when these trees have a cut or a scar in them
whereby they sweat out, as it were, their hurtful and superfluous moisture,
they do more easily digest that moisture which is left behind within them.
And the better that the moisture is digested, the sweeter and pleasanter is
their juice. And besides, they will live, if the parts have any
continuation at all, though it be never so little, only if they may but hang
together. And therefore they will easily defend themselves from any harm
that may happen unto them by cutting or mangling of any of their parts. We
will show how to procure fruit that shall be sweeter in taste then
ordinarily their kind is likely to afford. First by Engraffing, secondly by
boring or cutting, and last of all by other means. And first, by Engraffing
we may procure,
"Cherries that shall have in them the Relish of Bays,"
For as we have shown before, Engraffing may amend those defects that are in
plants and endure them with better qualities. So that if you have any fruit
that is loathsome, because it is too sweet, do but Engraff it into a bitter
tree, and there will be such a medley, that your fruit shall have a very
savory Relish. Pliny says, that if you Engraff a Cherry upon a Bay tree,
you shall then have Cherries then growing that will have the taste of the
Bay. Palladius says the same. Engraff a Cherry upon a Bay tree, and the
fruit that grows thence, will have the Relish of the Bay. In my time, there
have been seen certain Cherries in Naples, which they called Bay-cherries,
somewhat bitter, but yet pleasant withal. A most excellent kind of fruit,
far better then any other Cherries. Of a very large size, full of juice, of
a very Sanguine color, that have a bittersweet taste, so that they are
neither loathsome for their overmuch sweetness. Nor yet to be refused for
their overmuch bitterness. So likewise may be procured,
"Sweeter Apples by Grafting them into a Quince."
For if you do Engraff an Apple into a Quince, the Apple will have a Relish
like Honey. Which kind of fruit the Athenians do therefore call Melimela,
because they taste like Honey, as Diophanes shows. Now we will show also,
that by Husbandry and skillful dressing, fruit may be made sweeter in taste.
Namely, by piercing or boring the stock, or scaring it round about, or by
some other chastisements, as the Husbandmen are like to call them. For by
these means, the trees may purge themselves of their superfluous moisture,
and so they will bear the sweeter fruit. As for example. If you would
"How to procure the Almond tree to yield fruit without any bitterness."
Aristotle has taught the way. You must knock a great nail into the body of
the Almond tree, that the Gum of tree, which causes bitterness of the fruit,
may drop out by that passage. And this is such a sleight that hereby you
may tame, as it were, wild trees, and alter their nature into a milder kind.
Theophrastus says, that if you dig round about the stock of the Almond tree,
and bore through it about nine inches above the ground, the Gum will thereby
drop out, and so the fruit will become the sweeter by that chastisement. If
you cut off a bough, or an arm of it, so that the Gum may have egress that
way, and if you wipe away the Gum still as it comes forth, and observe this
for two or three years together, you may by this means alter a bitter Almond
tree into a sweet one. For the bitterness proceeds from not other cause,
but only from the superfluity of the nourishment and moisture, which is
abated by boring into the stock. And when once that which is superfluous is
evacuated, then that which is left, is more easily Concocted, and so the
tree becomes fertile in bringing forth a sweeter and better fruit.
Africanus likewise affirms, that if you dig about the stock of a bitter
Almond tree, and make a hole into it some four inches above the root,
whereby it may sweat out the hurtful moisture, it will become sweet. Pliny
says the same. If you dig round about the stock, says he, and bore through
the lower part of it, and wipe away the Humor which issues forth, a bitter
tree will become sweet. Some there are, who after they have made that hole,
do presently put Honey into it, that it may not be quite empty. For they
are of the opinion, that the Relish of the Honey is conveyed up into the
fruit, through the Pith, as through a conduit pipe. As for example sake, if
we would procure,
(for that kind of fruit was not often found to be eaten in Theophrastus's
time:) nor in Athenaus's, as himself reports. Nor yet in Pliny's time.
Palladius has shown, hot to alter the bitter Pith of a Citron tree into
sweet. His words are these. It is reported that the bitter Piths of
Citrons may be made sweet, if you take the Citron seeds, and steep them in
Honeywater, or else in Ewes Milk, (for this is better) for the space of
three days before you set them.. Some do bore a hole sloping into the body
of the tree. But not quite through it. By which passage the bitter Humor
drops away. This hole they make in it about February, and leave it so, till
the fruit is fashioned. But after the fruit is fashioned, then they fill up
the hole with Mortar. And by this device the Pith is made sweet. This has
Pontanus set down in his book called, The Gardens of Hesperides. What is
it, says he, that art will not search into? Cut a thick Vine, and make it
hollow on the top, about thy hand breadth. But so, that the brim of the
hole be brought round and something close together, so the sides be about an
inch thick and no more. Pour into it and fill it up with liquefied Honey,
and cover it with a broad Stone that the Sun may not come at it. And when
the Vine has drunk in all that, then fill it up again with the like. And
when that is soaked in also, then open the Concavity wider, and let the Vine
grow. But you must continually water the tender roots thereof with man's
water. And you must be sure that you leave not buds or leaves upon the
stock, that so there may be no other moisture let into it, but the whole
vine may grow up as it were in the spring of Honey. Palladius shows also,
"How to make sweet Almonds of bitter ones,"
Even by boring a hole in the middle of the stock, and putting into it a wood
wedge smeared with Honey.
May be procured, by Steeping Cucumber seeds in sweet waters, till they have
drunk them up. For they being planted, will produce sweet Cucumbers.
Theophrastus shows how to make sweet Cucumbers, even by the same method. By
Steeping their seed in Milk, or else in water and Honey mixed together. And
so planting them. Columella says, that a Cucumber will eat very tender and
sweet, if you steep the seed as such before you set it. Others, because
they would have the Cucumber to be the sweeter, do steep the seed thereof in
Honeywater. Pliny and Palladius do write the same things of the same fruit,
out of the same authors. Cassianus has declared out of Varro, how to
"Sweet Artichokes growing,"
You must take the Artichoke seed, and Steep them in Milk and Honey, and
after you have dried them again, then set them, and the fruit will Relish of
Honey. So you may procure,
"Sweet Fennel growing,"
For if you Steep Fennel seed in sweet Wine and Milk, then will the fruit
that grows out of those seeds, will be much sweeter. Or else, if you put
the seeds thereof in dry Figs, and so plant them, the like effect will
follow. So you may procure,
As Palladius shows, even by Steeping the seeds thereof in Milk and sweet
Wine for three days together. For then if you dry them, and set them being
so dried, there will grow up a very sweet fruit. Likewise you may procure,
For if you water them in the evening with new sweet Wine, and let them drink
for three evenings together as much of that Liquor as they will soak up, it
will cause sweet Lettuce, as Aristoxenus the Cyrenian has taught out of
"A sweet Radish may be procured,"
By Steeping the Radish seeds for a day and a night in Honey. Or in Sodden
Wine, as both Palladius and Florentinus have recorded. So you may procure
the same, by Steeping the seeds in new sweet Wine, or else in the juice of
Raisins. There is also another device, whereby to make sharp or bitter
fruits to become sweet. And this is by art and cunning in dressing them.
As, by pouring hot water, or the Lees of oil, or casting soil and such like
about their roots. As for example. When we would,
"A bitter Almond to become sweet,"
We cast some sharp piercing matter upon the root, that by virtue of their
heat, the tree may the more easily Concoct her moisture, and so yield a
sweeter fruit. Theophrastus says, that if we apply hot and strong Oil, as
Swine Dung, or such like, to the root of the bitter Almond tree, it will
become sweet. But it will be three years before the tree will be so
changed. And for all that time you must use the same Husbanding of it.
Africanus says, if you uncover the roots, and apply them still with Urine,
or with Swine Dung, then will the fruit will be sweeter. The Quintiles
report of Aristotle, that, by covering the Almond tree root with Swine Dung,
in March, of a bitter one it becomes sweet. And Palladius uses the very
same practice. By the same device,
"Sharp and sour Pomegranate trees may be made to bring forth a sweet
For these also may be changed from sharp and sour into sweet. Aristotle
shows in his book of plants, the Pomegranate trees, it their roots be
applied with Swine Dung, and watered with some cool sweet Liquor, the fruit
will be the better and sweeter. Theophrastus says, the roots of a
Pomegranate tree must be applied with Urine, or with the offals and refuse
of hides, yet not in too great a quantity. For the roots of this tree have
need of some sharp matter to gnaw upon them, and most of all, every third
year, as we said before of the Almond tree. But indeed the Pomegranate
roots are more durable. The reason is, because of a kind of softness in the
roots, which is peculiar unto them alone. Now Swine Dung, says he, or
somewhat that is of the like operation, being cast upon the roots, does
sweeten the juice of the tree. As also if you pour on good store of cold
water, it will work some kind of change thereof. Paxamus prescribes this
course. To dig round about the root of the tree, and to lay Swine Dung upon
it, and then when you have cast earth upon that, water it with man's Urine.
Columella says, if you have a Pomegranate tree that bears a sharp and sour
fruit, this is your way to amend it. You must cover the roots with Swine
Dung and man's Ordure, and water them with man's Urine that has stood long
in some vessel. And so it will yield you for the first years a fruit that
tastes somewhat like Wine, and afterward a sweet an pleasant Pomegranate.
Pliny reports the very same thing out of the same authors. Anatolius shows,
"How to make an Apple tree become sweeter,"
And that is, by watering it continually with Urine, and which is a thing
very comfortable to an Apple tree. Some do use Goat Dung and the Lees or
dregs of old Wine. Applying them to the roots of the Apple tree, and
thereby cause it to bear a sweeter fruit. Theophrastus says, if you water
an Apple tree with warm water in the spring time, it will become better.
The like applications being used to Herbs, will make them sweeter also. As
for example sake, we may procure,
"Sweet Endive ."
There are many things, which being watered with Salt Liquors, do forsake
their bitterness, and become sweet. Of which sort Endive is one. And
therefore if we would have sweet Endive, Theophrastus wills us, to water it
with some Salt Liquor, or else to set it in some Salt places. The like
practice will procure,
And therefore the Egyptians do mix water and Nitre together, and sprinkle it
upon Coleworts, that they may be sweet. And hence it is that the best
Coleworts are they which are planted in Salt grounds. For the saltiness,
either of the ground where it is set, or of the Liquor wherewith it is
watered, does abate and take away the tartness and natural saltiness of the
Coleworts. In like manner, if you would procure,
Theophrastus counsels you to water them with Salt Liquor, and so they will
be better. Which very same things Pliny reports out of the same author.
Likewise you may procure,
Such as will yield leaves that shall be more Toothsome, if you water it with
Salt Liquor. There is another sleight in Husbanding of Pot Herbs, whereby
they may be produced fitter to be eaten. And this is by Cropping the stalks
"Basil will grow the sweeter,"
If you Crop the stalk of it. For at the second springing, the stalk will be
sweeter and pleasanter. A most evident reason whereof is assigned by
"Lettuce will be the sweeter."
At the second springing. Theophrastus says, that the sweetest Lettuce
springs up after the Cropping of the first tops. For the first tops of
their first springing, are full of a milky kind of juice, which is not so
pleasant, because that it is not thoroughly Concocted. But they which grow
at the second springing, if you take them when they are young and tender,
will be far sweeter. He shows also, how,
"Leeks may be made sweeter,"
By Cropping them once or twice, and afterward let them grow. The cause
whereof he has assigned to his book of causes, namely, that their first
shooting up in the weakest and the most unperfect. The like is to be
thought and practiced in other Pot Herbs. For the Cropping or cutting off,
does make the second sprouts to be the sweeter, almost in all Herbs. There
are also diverse other sleights in the Husbanding and dressing of such of
Pot Herbs, whereby they may be may be made sweeter to be eaten. As for
"Garlic may be made sweeter,"
For Sotion is persuaded, that if you break the cloves of Garlic before you
set them, or else supple them with the Lees of Oil, when you do set them,
they will gather and yield a far sweeter Relish. By another sleight far
differing from this,
"Onions may be made sweeter,"
For we must consider, that diverse things do exercise a mutual discord or
agreement and concord of natures toward each other. Whereby they either
help one another, if their natures agree. Or, if their natures differ, they
hurt and destroy one another. Nuts and onions have a sympathy or agreement
of nature. And therefore if you lay up Nuts among Onions, the Onions will
cause the nuts to last the longer. In lieu of which kindness, Nuts do
gratify Onions with another good turn. for they ease the Onions of their
sharpness, as Palladius has observed.
"How fruits that are in their growing, may be made to receive and resemble
all figures and impressions whatsoever."
Many things do fall out by chance, and haphazard, as they say, which an
ingenious man lighting upon, does by his great industry, of often
experiments that he makes of them, turn and apply to very good use. Whence
it is that the poet says, manifold experience, and much labor and practice,
sets a broach to the world many new arts and rare devices. And because the
most part are not acquainted with the cause of such things, thence it is,
that they are esteemed to be miraculous, and to come to pass besides
nature's rule. We have often seen in Citrons, diverse kinds of stamps and
impressions, which were made there by chance. As by the hitting of some
carved matter, or any stick, or such like, which has caused the same
impressions. Whence, the wit of man has devised to cause diverse kinds of
fruit, to grow up with diverse kinds of figures upon them. If you take an
earthen vessel, and put into it an Apple that is very young, as it hangs
upon the tree growing, the Apple will grow to fill up his earthen case, and
will be of any form whatsoever you would desire, if you make the case
accordingly. Also if you pound down any colors and mix them together, and
dispose of them in places convenient on the fruit, on the inside of the
case, the fruit will wear and express the same colors, as if they were
natural unto them. Therefore it comes to pass, that often the yellow Quince
is made to grow like a man's head. Having it the lively resemblance of
white teeth, purple cheeks, and black eyes. And in all points expressing
the color of a man's head, without any greeness at all. Which is the
natural color of that fruit while it is growing. And this is the sleight
that Africanus prescribes, whereby,
"A Citron may be made to grow in the likeness of a man's head, or the head
of a horse, or any other living creature."
You must take some Potters Clay, or soft Mortar, and fashion it to the
bigness of a Citron that is at his full growth. But you must cleave it round
about with a sharp instrument, so that the fruit may be taken out of it
handsomely. And yet in the mean space the sides of the case must be so
closely and firmly joined together, that the fruit growing on, may not break
it open. If the Counterfeit or case which you make, be of Wood, then you
must first make it hollow within. If it be of Clay, you may clap it on, as
it is, so that it be somewhat dry. But then when the fruit comes to be of a
greater and stronger growth, you must prepare earthen vessels made for the
purpose, with a hole in them at the lower end, that the stalk of the fruit
may there let in. Into these earthen vessels you must enclose the fruit,
and bind them about with a strong band, for otherwise the growth of the
fruit will break them open. And when you have procured the fruit to grow up
into his Counterfeit, or sheath as it were, that it is come to the just size
of a fruit of that kind, it will bear the same shape and figure which you
would have in it. The like we have shown before out of Florentinus.
Pontanus also speaks of the same device. If, says he, you would have a
Citron to grow in diverse shapes, you must cover it being young, with some
Counterfeit of Clay, or Wood, or Earth, wherein it may be swaddled. As a
tender infant in his nurse's bosom. And that Counterfeit will fashion the
fruit into any form. And when it is taken out, it will resemble any image
that you have carved with the Counterfeit. So also you may deal by,
"Pomegranates, Pears, or any kind of Apple, making them to receive any kind
For the same author writes, that if you bestow the same pains and diligent
care upon any other sort of Apples, you may frame them to every fashion.
For so it is in brief, says he, that Apple fruit may be made to grow up to
the shape of any living creature. If you first carve the same shape into a
Counterfeit of Wood or Earth, and let the fruit be shut up into that
Counterfeit, that it may grow up within it. So may you make,
"A Quince grows in the shape of living creatures,"
As Democritus affirms. By putting them into some Counterfeit that is carved
within to the same proportion, and so let the Quince grow within it. But it
is easiest to make,
"Cucumbers grow to any form,"
For if you take earthen vessels of any fashion, and then cloth the Cucumbers
when they are very young. And bind them fast about. They will receive any
shape or impression very easily. If you take a Cane, and make it hollow all
along, and bind it fast about, and then put into it a young Cucumber or a
young Gourd, it will grow so pliable within it, that it will fill up the
whole length of the Cane. Pliny says, Cucumbers grow to any fashion that
you would frame them unto. So much so, that if you will, make a Cucumber
grow in the shape of a Dragon, winding himself many ways. Likewise, a Gourd
will be made to grow picked and sharp by many means. Especially if it be
put into a case that is made of such pliant twigs as Vines are bound all
about. This should be done as soon as it has cast the blossom. But if you
lay a Gourd between two platters, or dishes, it will grow to the same
plainness and roundness. And of all other fruit, this is the easiest and
fittest to be formed to any fashion. You may make them to grow like a
Flagon, like a Pear, great at one end, and small at the other, if you would
tie it hard in that part which you would have to be the less. Afterwards
when it is come to full growth, dry it, and take out all that is in it, and
when you go abroad, carry it about you. It will serve for a cup to drink
in. Hence we learn how it may be effected that,
"An Almond should grow with an inscription in it."
Take an Almond, and Steep it for two or three days, and then brake the shell
of it very charily, that the Kernel receives no harm. Then you must write
in the Kernel what you will, but write it as deep in as you safely may.
Then wind it up in some paper, or some Linen cloth, and overlay it with
Mortar , and soil it with Dung. And by that device, when the fruit does
come to be of full growth, it will show you your handy work, as Africanus
records. So may you make,
"A Peach to grow with an inscription in it,"
As Democritus shows. After you have eaten the fruit, you must steep the
Stone of it for two or three days, and then open it charily, and when you
have opened it, take the Kernel that is within the Stone, and write upon it
what you will, with a brazen pen. But you must not print it too deep, then
wrap it up in a paper, and so plant it. And the fruit which that will
afterward bear, will show you what was written on the Kernel. But,
"A Fig will grow with an inscription in it,"
If you carve any shape upon the bud, the Fig will express it when it is
grown. Or else if you carve it into the Fig when it is first fashioned.
But you must do it either with a Wooden Pen, or a Bone Pen, and so your
labor shall be sure to take effect. I have printed certain characters upon
the Rind of a Pomegranate, and of a Quince pear, having first dipped my Pen
in Mortar. And when the fruit came up to the just magnitude, I fount it in
the same impressions. Now it remains that we show how we may,
Those counterfeit kind of Mandrake, which Couzeners and Cony-catchers carry
about, and sell to many instead of true Mandrakes. You must get a great
root of Brionie, or wild Nep, and with a sharp instrument engrave in it a
man or a woman, giving either of them their Genitories. And then make holes
with a punch into those places where the hair are found to grow. And put
into those holes Millet, or some other such thing which may shoot out his
roots like the hairs of one's head. And when you have dug a little pit for
it in the ground, you must let it lie there, until such time as it shall be
covered with a bark, and the roots also be shot forth.
" How Fruits may be made to be more tender, and beautiful, and goodly to the
Now at length, that nothing may pass us, we will set down diverse kinds of
sleights in Husbanding and trimming of Herbs and fruit. Whereby they may be
made not only tenderer, sweeter, larger, and better relished, but also
fresher colored, and more sightly to the eye. And first,
"How an Apple tree and a Myrtle tree may be bettered."
We may learn out of Theophrastus, who counsels to water their roots with
warm water, and promises the bettering of the fruit by that means. Nay, it
will cause the Myrtle fruit to be without any Kernel at all. And this, says
he, was found out by chance, in certain of these trees growing near unto a
hot bath. If you would procure,
"Better Figs then ordinary,"
Columella shows, how you make them grow more plentifully, and to be a
sounder fruit. When the crops of the Fig tree begin to be green with
leaves, you cut off the tops of the boughs with an Iron tool. And still as
the leaves begin to bud forth, you must take red Chalk, and blend it with
Lees of Oil and man's Dung. And with this, cover the roots of the tree.
And by this means, the tree will bear more store of fruit. And besides, the
fruit will be a fuller and better fruit. Pliny and Palladius record the
same experiment out of the same author. When the Fig tree begins to show
her leaves, if you would have it yield you more and better fruit, you must
cut off the very tops of them when the bud begins to show itself. Or, if
not so, yet you must make sure at the least to cut off the top which grows
out of the middle of the tree. Palladius writes, that some have reported,
"Mulberry tree will bear more and better fruit,"
If you bore through the stock of the tree in diverse places, and into every
hole beat in a wedge. Into some of the holes, wedges made of the Turpentine
tree, and some of them, wedges made of the Mastick tree. Didymus says that,
"The Palm, or Date tree, and the Damosin tree will grow to be of a larger
and better size."
If you take the Lees of old Wine, and after you have strained them, water
the roots with it. And he says, that it will take the better effect, if you
cast upon it a little Salt every now and then.
"The Myrtle tree will have a better leaf,"
And also yield a better fruit, if you plant it among Roses. For the Myrtle
tree delights to be in the company of the Rose, and thereby becomes more
fruitful, as Didymus reports. So,
"Rue will grow tenderer, and more flourishing,"
If it is Engrafted into a Fig tree. You must only set it into the bark
somewhat near the root, that you may cover it with Earth. And so you have a
most excellent Rue.
"Artichokes grow without sharp prickles,"
Varro says, that you must take the Artichoke seed, and rub it upon a Stone,
till you have worn it blunt at the top. You may cause also,
"Lettuce to grow tenderer and more spreading,"
As Palladius shows, and Columella. Palladius says, that if your Lettuce be
somewhat hard, by reason of some fault either in the seed, or place, or
season, you must pluck it out of the Earth and set it again. And by doing
this, it will become more tender. Columella shows, how you may make it
spread broader. Take a little tile Shard, and lay it upon the middle of the
Lettuce when it is a little grown up. And the burden or weight of the shard
will make it spread very broad. Pliny says, that works also to smear the
roots with Dung when they are set. And as they grow up, to take away their
own Earth from them, and so fill up the place with Muck. Florentinus says,
when you have a Lettuce growing that has been transplanted, you must rid
away the Earth from the root after it is grown to be a handful long, and
then smear it with some fresh Ox Dung. And then having cast in earth upon
it again, water it. And still as the bud or leaf appears out of the earth,
cut it off till it grows up stronger. Then lay upon it a tile Shard that
has never been seasoned with any Pitch. And so you shall have your purpose.
By the like device you may procure,
"Endive to be tenderer and broader."
When it is grown up to a pretty size, then lay a small tile Shard on the
middle of it, and the weight of that will cause the Endive to spread
broader. So also you may procure,
"Coleworts to be more tender,"
If you sprinkle them with Salt water, as Theophrastus writes. The
Egyptians, to make their Coleworts tender, do water them with Nitre and
water mixed together.
"Cucumbers will be more tender,"
If you Steep the seeds in Milk before you set them, as Columella reports.
If you would have,
"Leeks to grow cloven,"
The Ancients have taught us, that first you must sow them very thick. And
so, let them alone for a while. But when they are grown, cut them, and they
will grow cloven. Or else, you must cut it about some two months after it
was set, and never remove it from their bed. But help it still with water
and Muck, and you shall have your purpose, as Palladius says. Now we will
speak of some monstrous generations. As of the generation of the Herb
Dragon, and of a cloven Onion. And first,
"How to produce the Herb Dragon."
It is a received opinion among gardeners, that if you take a Hemp seed or
Line seed, and Engraff it into an ordinary Onion, or else into a Sea Onion
as it grows near the sea, or else into a Radish root, then will grow the
Herb Dragon, which is a notable and famous salad Herb. But surely,
howsoever they boast of it that this has been often done, I have made sundry
trials, and still failed of my purpose. By the like setting of seeds, they
"How to produce cloven Onions,"
By making a hole into an Onion, and putting into it a clove of Garlic, and
so planting it. for that will grow to be an Ascalonian, or a cloven Onion.
Now let us see how to make,
"Parsley to grow frizzled or curled."
Theophrastus writes that Parsley will grow frizzled, if you pave the ground
where you have sown it, and ram it with a Roller. For then the ground will
keep it in so hard, that it must grow double. Columella says, if you would
have Parsley to bear curled leaves, you must put your Parsley seed into a
Mortar, and pound it with a Willow Pestle. And when you have so Bruised it,
wrap it up in Linen Clouts, and so plant it. You may effect the same also
without any such labor. Even by rolling a cylinder or roller over it after
it is a little grown up, wherever or however it is sown. Palladius and
Pliny record the same experiment out of the same author. I have often seen,
"Basil growing with a kind of brushlike hairs upon it."
The seed of Withywind being planted near to Basil, as soon as it shoot up,
will presently wind itself round about the stalks of the Basil, and by often
winding about them, will wrap them all into one. The like will be effected
also, if the Withywind grows elsewhere, and a twig of it be brought and
planted near the Basil. For by either of these means, the Basil will grow
bushy and so thick of hair, and that in a very short time, that it will be
most pleasant to look upon. So you may make the,
"Ivy to bear very sightly berries,"
If you burn three Shellfish, especially of that kind which is called Murex,
and when you have pound them together, cast the ashes thereof upon the Ivy
berries. Or else, if you cast upon them beaten Alome, as Cassianus teaches.
Theophrastus mentions and experiment that is very strange, whereby to make,
"Cumin grows flourishingly,"
And that is by cursing and Banning of the seeds when you sow them. And
Pliny reports the same out of Theophrastus. And he reports it likewise of
Basil, that it will grow more plentifully and better, it be sown with
cursing and Banning. If you desire to produce long,
"Cucumbers, and such as are not waterish,"
You may effect it by this means. If you take a Mortar or any other like
vessel filled with water, and place it near the Cucumbers, about five or six
inches distant from them. The Cucumbers will reach the vessel with a day or
two, and extend themselves to that length. The reason is, because Cucumbers
have such a great delight in moisture. So that, if there be no water in the
vessel, the Cucumbers will grow backward and crooked. To make them that
they shall not be waterish. When you have dug a ditch to plant them in, you
must fill it up half full with chaff, or the twigs of a Vine. And then
cover them, and fill up the pit with earth. But you must take heed you do
not water them when they are planted. By all these things which have been
spoken, we may learn to procure,
"A tree, which of itself may yield you the fruit of all trees."
A thing which I have seen, and in merriment have often called it, the Tree
of Garden-dainties. It was of a good height and thickness, being planted
with a vessel fit for such a purpose. The Mould which was about it, being
very fat, and moist and fruitful, that so every way, as well by the
liveliness and strength of the plant itself, as also by the moistness and
thriftiness of the ground, all things that were Engrafted into it, received
convenient nourishment. It was three forked. Upon one bough or arm, to
bore a goodly Grape. Without any Kernels in it, party colored and very
Medicinable. For some of the Grapes were good to procure sleep, and some
would make the belly loose. The second bough or arm, carries a Peach,
without any Stone in it. And the smaller branches thereof bearing here a
Peach, and there a Peach-nut. If at any time there were any Stone in the
fruit, it was commonly as sweet as an Almond. And it did resemble sometimes
the face of a man. Sometimes of other living creatures, and sundry other
shapes. The third arm carries Cherries, without any Stone, sharp, and yet
sweet overall. And Oranges also of the same Relish. The bark of this tree
is everywhere covered with flowers and Roses. And the other fruit, all of
them greater then ordinary, and sweeter both in taste and in smell,
flourishing chiefly in the Spring. And they hung upon the tree, growing
even after their own natural season was past. But there was a continual
succession of one fruit after another, even all the year long, by certain
degrees, so that when one was ripe, there was another budding forth. The
branches being never empty, but still clogged with some fruit or other. And
the temperate nature of the air served every turn so well, that I never
beheld a more pleasant and delightful sight.
"How diverse kinds of fruits, and likewise Wines may be made medicinable."
The Ancients have been very careful and painful in seeking out, how to mix
Wine with diverse kinds of Antidotes or preservatives against Poison. And
how to use it best in such Receipts, if need should be. A thing that might
very well be practiced. For indeed there is nothing more convenient for
that purpose. And therefore they have tried and set down more curiously
then need required, many things concerning this argument, strange to be
reported, and yet easy to be effected. Which Theophrastus copiously set
down. About Heraclia in Arcady, there is a kind of Wine, which makes the
men that drink of it to become mad. And the women to become barren. And
the like Athenaus records of that Wine which they have in Troas, a place in
Greece. And in Thrasus there is a kind of Wine, which if it be drunk, will
procure sleep. And there is another kind of Wine made in that sort, that it
will cause a man to be watchful. And there are diverse confections of Wine
which you may read of in the most exact writers of Physick, and of matters
of Husbandry, which are easy both to be learned, and also practiced by those
that are well acquainted with the operations of Simples. And they are such
as a man's own conjecture may well lead him unto. And indeed they are
nothing else almost, but such qualities operative as the property of the
place where their Simples grow, does endure them throughout. And surely I
would counsel that these kinds of Confections should be ministered to those
that are timorous and uneasy in the taking of medicinal Receipts. That so
they may be swallowed down pleasantly, before they should seem loathsome.
"How a Vine may be made to bring forth Grapes that shall be medicinal
against the bitings of venomous beasts."
Florentinus bids you in the first and second book of his Georgicks, to set a
Vine branch, and to cleave it in the lower part of the root. That the cleft
may be some four inches long. There you must pluck out the Pith, and
instead of the Pith put Hellebore into it. and bind it fast about with some
pliant twig, and so cover it with earth. And by this means it will yield
you grapes that being eaten, will make your body Soluble. Or, if you would
have the Grapes to be more operative in this kind, you must supple the Vine
branches in some Antidote or counter Poison, and then set them in the head
of a Sea-Onion, and so cover them with earth. But you must still pour upon
it the juice of that Antidote, that the sets may drink their fill of it, and
so the strength and virtue of the Grape will last a great deal longer.
"How to make that kind of Wine which is called Phthorium, and kills children
in their mothers wombs."
That Hellebore which grows in Thassus, as also Wild Cucumber, as also
Scammony, are good to make Phthorium Wine, which causes abortions. But the
Scammony or Black Hellebore must be Engrafted into the Vine . You must
pierce the Vine with a Wimble, and put in certain Withy boughs, whereby you
may bind up unto the Vine the other plants that are Engrafted into it. So
shall you have a Grape full of sundry virtues. So you may procure,
"Figs that shall be Purgative,"
If you pound Hellebore and Sea-Lettuce together, and cast them upon the Fig
tree roots. Or else if you Engraff them into the same roots. For so you
shall Fig that will make the belly loose. Florentinus says, that you may
make a Fig to grow which shall be good against the biting of Venomous
beasts, if you set it after it has been laid in Treacle. So we may procure,
You must take the roots of the Wild Cucumber, and pound them, and steep them
in fair water two or three days. And then water your Cucumbers with that
Liquor for five days together. And do all this five times. Again, you may
make them Purgative, if, after they are blossomed, you dig round about their
roots, and cast some Hellebore upon them and their branches. And cover them
up with earth again. So you may procure,
If you Steep the seeds of them in Scammony water nine days before you set
them, as the Quintiles report. Now if you would procure a man to be loose
bellied and sleepy also, you may cause,
"Purgative Damosins that be good also to cause sleep."
You must bore through a bough, or through the whole stock of a Damosin tree.
And fill it up with Scammony or the juice of Black Poppy wrapped up
handsomely in paper, or some such covering. And when the fruit is ripe, it
will be operative both for sleep and Purgation. Cato shows also, how you
"A Vine to be Purgative ."
After the Vintage, at such time as the earth is used to be rid away from the
roots of Vines, you must uncover the roots of so many Vines as in your
opinion will make enough Wine to serve your turn. Mark them, and lop them
round about, and Prune them well. Then pound down some Hellebore root in a
Mortar, and cast them about your Vines, and put unto them some old rotten
Dung and old ashes, and twice to much earth among them. Then cover the Vine
roots with Mould and gather the Grapes by themselves. If you would keep the
juice of the Grape long that it may last you a great while for that purpose,
you must take heed, that the juice of no other grapes can come near it.
When you would use it, take a cup full of it, and blend it with water, and
drink it before supper. And it will work very mildly without any danger at
all. Late writers have taken another course. They rid and cleanse Vine
roots, then pour upon the juice of some Purgative Medicine to water them all
about. And this they do for many days together, but especially at such time
as the bud begins to full out. When they have so done, they cast earth upon
the roots again, and they take special regard, that the roots never lie
naked and open when the north wind blows. For that would draw forth and
consume the juice of the Medicine that is poured upon the roots. This if
you diligently perform, you shall have Grapes growing upon your Vines, that
are very operative for loosing the belly. I have effected,
"The same by another means."
I pierced the Vine with a Wimble, even unto the very Marrow, and put into it
certain Ointments fit for such an effect. (It will suffice, if you put them
with the Rind.) And this I did in diverse parts of the Vine. Here and
there about the whole body of the Vine. And that about Grafting time by
Inoculation. For then the Vine is full of moisture. Whereby it comes to
pass, that the moisture itself is ascending at that time into the superior
parts, does carry up with it the virtue of the Ointments, and conveys it to
the fruit, so that the fruit will be operative either for Purgation or for
child bearing, either to hurt or help, to kill or preserve, according as to
the nature of the Ointment being introduced.
"How to plant Fruits and Vines, that they may yield greatest increase."
That we may conclude this whole book, with a notable and much desired
experiment. We will now show in the end, how we may receive a large
increase from the fruit, Pulse, and Vine which we have planted. A matter
surely that must be exceedingly profitable, for a man to receive a hundred
bushels in Usury as it were, for the one Bushel that he has sown. Which yet
I would not have to be so understood, as it a man should still expect to
receive a hundred to one, precisely or exactly so much. For sometimes the
year, or the air and weather, or else the ground, or else the plants may not
perform their parts kindly. And in this case, the increase may not be so
great. (but yet it shall never be so little, but that it shall be five
times more then ordinary) But if those things do perform their parts kindly
together, you shall receive sometimes for one bushel, a hundred and fifty by
increase. This may seem a Paradox to some. And they will think that we
promise impossibilities. But surely if they would consider all things
rightly, they should rather think it a paradox, why half a bushel well sown
or planted, should not yield two hundred bushels increase, seeing that one
grain or kernel that is planted and takes kindly, does often spread his
root, as we see, and grow in those stalks and many stems, sometimes up to
fifteen, and in the ear of every one of those stalks, are contained
sometimes threescore grains? I spare to mention here the ground that lies
in Byzantium in Africa, whereof Pliny speaks, which, for one grain was
planted in, did yield very near four hundred stalks. And the governor of
that country sent to Nero, three hundred and forty stems growing out of one
grain. But let us search out the cause whereby this comes to pass. Some
think that the increase commonly falls out to be so little, because the
greater part of the fruit which is cast into the ground, is eaten up by
Worms, or birds, or Moles, and of other creatures that live in the earth.
But this appears to be false, because one bushel of Pulse being planted,
never yields above fifteen. Now Pulse or Lupines, is of itself so bitter,
that none of those devouring creatures will taste of it, but they let it lie
safe and untouched. And when they are grown up, you shall commonly find
about a hundred grains in the Cods of every stalk. Others refer the cause
hereof unto the weather, as if the fruit were annoyed with over much cold,
or heat, or rain, so that the fields are sometimes frozen with cold, and
sometimes parched with heat, so that sometimes they are more fruitful, and
sometimes more barren. But this cannot be the true reason, because that
though the weather be never so kindly, yet that cannot make one increase
into thirty. But not to wander or range any further about. We must know
that all grains that grow within the ear or husk, are not prolific, that is,
they are not all fit to yield increase. For God has appointed some of them
of them for the food and sustenance of living creatures, and others for
feed. There are some grains in an ear, which are as it were abortives, such
as Degenerate from their natural kind, and will not Fructify at all, but rot
and waste away into Putrefaction. There are other grains in an ear, such as
are easier to be stripped out of their husk, which are fitter for
propagation, and are better enabled by nature thereunto. Besides that,
sometimes it falls out, that seeds or grains are not planted in due season.
Or if they are, even then the Husbandman does not give that due labor and
industry in looking unto them, which the kind of the fruit requires.
Wherefore if we can meet with all these impediments, we may procure increase
according to our hearts desire. For the seeds will be larger in the roots,
and when they have spread their roots under the earth of a good length, then
will they send up a greater number of stems, and bring forth a good store of
ears. Therefore you must make choice of your seeds or grains. Not of the
most forward, nor yet of the most backward. Because they commonly are the
weakest. But of the middle sort. Then wash them and cleanse them from all
other seed. And smear them with fat Ointments, and old Goat's grease. And
let them be continually supplied with sufficient heat, and sufficient
moisture. Then lay them in soft and worm Mould, carefully manured. For the
livelier that the heat of the Mould is, the better will the seeds close with
it, and become more eager to propagation. And embrace it more sweetly, and
the male would do by his female. So shall your seeds be made more lively,
and bring forth a more legitimate and larger increase. Let them be planted
in the full of the Moon or about then. For the larger the Moon is, the more
bountiful increase she will procure. Concerning the Vine, you must see that
her leaves are not wanting, if you would have a good store of Wine. For if
the leaves be away, the Vine has little heart to bear. And besides, she
should be without an issue for her superfluities, which commonly the leaves
do receive into themselves. Only you must pare off those twisted curls that
are found to grow upon it. For so, her pride being taken away from her, the
juice will be more delightful, and more pleasant.
The End of the Third Book of Natural Magick