"How to Make Dwarf Trees For Table"
"A curious but successful way of dwarfing plants for table decoration is to take an orange, and, having cut a small
hole in the peel, to remove all pulp and juice, fill the skin thus emptied with some cocoanut fibre, fine moss, and
charcoal, just stiffened with a little loam. In the centre of this put an acorn, date stone, or the seed or
kernel of any tree that it is proposed to obtain a dwarf from [sic] Place the orange
peel in a tumbler or vase in a window, and moisten the contents occasionally with a little water through the hole in the
peel, and sprinkle the surface with fine wood ashes. In due time the tree will push up its stem through the compost
and its roots through the orange peel. The roots must then be cut flush with the peel, and the process repeated
frequently for some time. The stem of the tree will assume a stunted gnarled appearance, making it look like
an old tree. When the ends of the roots are cut for the last time, the orange peel, which, curiously enough,
does not rot, may be painted black and varnished. -- N.Y. Advertiser"
1 The Queensland Agricultural Journal (Brisbane, ed. by A.J. Boyd, F.R.G.S.Q.), Vol. VII,
1 July 1900, pg.
What other attempts were made?