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To Gardeners’ Chronicle   11 April [1855]

Summary

CD describes his experiments on the effects on germination of the immersion of seeds in sea-water. Hopes to throw light on the distribution of plants. Asks readers of Gardeners’ Chronicle to inform him whether such experiments have already been tried and what class or species of seeds they suppose would be particularly liable to be killed by sea-water.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  11 Apr [1855]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 15, 14 April 1855, p. 242
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1666

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   21 May [1855]

Summary

Reports on his experiments on action of sea-water on seeds and the bearing of his investigations on the theory of centres of creation and Edward Forbes’s theory of continental extensions to account for distribution of organic forms. CD’s experiments confirm germination powers were retained after 42 days’ immersion by seven out of eight kinds of seeds.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  21 May [1855]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 21, 26 May 1855, pp. 356–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1684

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   [before 26 May 1855]

Summary

Will be obliged if any reader can provide eggs of lizard Lacerta agilis. Wants to ascertain whether they float in sea-water. Offers reward of a few shillings to boys for collecting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  [before 26 May 1855]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 21, 26 May 1855, p. 360
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1686A

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   [before 21 July 1855]

Summary

Reports on observing hive-bees visiting the leaves of vetch and bean and sucking the minute drops of nectar secreted by the glands on the underside of the stipulae. This phenomenon proves wrong those botanists who believe nectar to be a special secretion for the sole purpose of luring insects to visit flowers and thus to aid in their fertilisation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  [before 21 July 1855]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 29, 21 July 1855, p. 487
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1723

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   [before 3 November 1855]

Summary

CD requests further details about a rain of shells on the Isle of Wight reported by a Gardeners’ Chronicle correspondent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  [before 3 Nov 1855]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 44, 3 November 1855, p. 726
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1771

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   13 November [1855]

Summary

Reports a case of charlock seeds that retained their vitality for at least eight or nine years. He suggests that their power of retaining vitality when buried in damp soil may be an element in preserving the species and therefore seeds may be specially endowed with this capacity, while the power of retaining vitality in dry, artificial conditions may be an indirect accidental quality of little or no use to the species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  13 Nov [1855]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 46, 17 November 1855, p. 758
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1780

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   21 November [1855]

Summary

Sends final results of his experiments on the vitality of various kinds of seeds immersed in sea-water. Corrects a false assumption he made in an earlier letter [1684] that plants with ripe seeds would float for some weeks. Now finds that they sink within a month. Since all the seeds he tried sank in sea-water, his experiments are of little or no use "in regard to the distribution of plants by drifting of their seeds across the sea".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  21 Nov [1855]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 47, 24 November 1855, p. 773
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1783

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   [before 1 December 1855]

Summary

Corrects a misprint in his letter [1783].

Adds that his experiments show that one cannot infer from the vitality of seeds under dry conditions that they will be preserved in different conditions. Cites the poor ability of Leguminosae to withstand immersion.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  [before 1 Dec 1855]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 48, 1 December 1855, p. 789
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1787

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   [before 29 December 1855]

Summary

Cites [from Gärtner’s Bastarderzeugung (1849), p. 157] a report that seeds from graves of ancient Gauls germinated.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  [before 29 Dec 1855]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 52, 29 December 1855, p. 854
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1802

To Gardeners’ Chronicle   [before 29 December 1855]

Summary

CD requests accurate information on the extent to which the different varieties of fruit-trees produce seedlings like their parents. Do some varieties of pears and apples tend to produce truer offspring than other varieties?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Gardeners’ Chronicle
Date:  [before 29 Dec 1855]
Classmark:  Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 52, 29 December 1855, p. 854
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1803
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