The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 12, 1976 · Page 114
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 114

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 12, 1976
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Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 12, 1976-F3 S Bob Robson Newcomers Find Florida's Soil Requires Work : - W II I When seedlings obtain two or three true leaves, transplant to 2-inch or 3-inch peat pots. As they regain strength and growth, move them gradually to sunlight. After a few days of acclimation, plant to beds pot and all. Be careful in buying seeds. Quality varies. Individual named varieties of specified color and culture characteristics cost more but are better. So-called color mixtures are often made up of a few colors, some not always pleasing. Because such seed grow vigorously and with abundant seed formation, they do not produce the best plants. They are cheaper. If your budget is not as small as the seed or your areas as large as a plantation, the easiest and quickest way to obtain beautiful beds of flowering annuals is to buy started plants. The grower has already done the hard work and overcome much of the high mortality of seeds and seedlings. The primary task for the gardener is to prepare a proper bed. This is true whether it is from seeds or plants. In locating the bed, choose a location that is sunny and well-drained. Remove rocks and weeds. Spade and turn soil to a depth of 8 to 10 inches. Add a 25-pound bag of dehydrated cow or sheep manure and a 50-pound bag of potting soil or peat moss to each 100 square feet. Turn It in well. Level the bed. Set plants to pot top. Mulch bed with leaves, peat moss or weed-free grass clippings. Keep plants well-watered but not soppy. Fertilize with any good plant food with minerals. Feed annuals small amounts but often by side-dressing rows or around individual plants. Use about a tablespoon per plant every two weeks. Keep fertilizer off leaves and water in well. Damp-off, a fungus that rots stems at ground level, sometimes plays the devil with annual seedlings. To prevent tins, drench the entire bed with bermate or equal parts of Fermate and Tersan. A flower or vegetable dust in shaker or squeeze duster will control most pests of annuals. Use weekly. Cover both top and undersides of leaves. Cutworms, which feed mostly at night, can be controlled with cutworm bait. Usually in pellet form, the bait is used by spreading it around plants. Spread in late afternoon or early evening. Have soil moistened. It makes them more Many gardeners transferred to South Florida's world of tropical horticulture don't quite know where to begin. It's a strange new venture. Plants are different. The planting season is backwards. What passes for soil is shocking. The plants, compared with their northern counterparts, appear to be mongrels of both order and origin. If you're ready to toss in the towel, don't. There is one class of ornamental plants that will set you to turning sand and planting with that "back home" confidence. Albeit, there's more work involved in preparation, planting and care. Flowering annuals retain the unique quality of species and variety common to both temperate and subtropical climate. They have a couple of other good things going for them. You don't have to wait till the ground thaws to start planting (start now) and annuals only need to be in the garden a part of the year to mature. Thus, it's possible to grow selected varieties year round in South Florida. If many plants are needed, seeds are the economical way to go. You might as well know, however, that sowing seeds directly to soil, as you may have done back home, is about as productive as a neutered newt down here The reasons are numerous Our soil, without help from additives is nearly sterile. Insects and disease, which mature plants might endure or overcome, mow down seedlings. Ants and other surface insect predators find the seeds more delectable than a dead roach. Flowering annual seeds should be started in flats. Any container that measures roughly 12 inches by 24 to :)fi inches with a depth of 3 to 4 inches will do. It must also have a bottom lull of holes for drainage. A good, sterile planting medium for the flats is perlite or equal parts of perlite and peat moss or spagh-num moss. Fill flat to just below the top Sprinkle seeds into flats through fingers, spreading them out as much as possible, and cover lightly (one-quarter inch i with planting mix. Keep moist, but not wet. Covering the flat with a dampened newspaper helps retain moisture. Keep them shaded. As seedlings develop to a point where thinning is necessary, remove weaker plants and those closely clustered and toss them. 1 tonctobu J. Blvd. j ppio. 4 miles I I 1 f Southern Boulevard ,-f, A M.1"In T"tT WEST PALMBfcACH ViM.,.U 1,1 O (orest Mill Boulevard , i I M I'M Late Worth Road j: ft wEUIHTON ! l I !-';Vl t z j, i, h '.ROAhVIKW I OA AM AT C Ht t NATlONAl WllDLlt-t 'A i s 11 v BOVNTON B.ACH mm m As the population grows, there is a continuing demand for land. But they're simply not making it anymore! Therefore, it makes sense that existing land is going to become more precious as time goes on. It's the old law of supply and demand, and it's one more reason why you should see Wellington, the 7,400-acre community of trees, birds, families, homes and homesites. At Wellington you can buy land to build on immediately or to hold for the future. See Wellington. See its championship golf course, tennis courts, mile-long lake, beautifully landscaped swimming pool complex, bike and equestrian trails. See the Model Village a variety of exciting homes in one convenient location. See homesites nestled among the trees which you can buy now to hold for the future. Wellington. 13198 Forest Hill Boulevard, Box 1-1 West Palm Beach, Florida 33411 In West Palm Beach, phone 793-1 100 In Broward County, phone 426-2380 If 1 Luxury Adult Condominium Living on the Inlracoastal! Obtain HUD propeity report from developer and read it before signing anything HUD neither approves the merits of the offering nor the value, if any, of the property. All amenities available at a reasonable cost AD14848 ALL WATKKI -HUNT Al'AHTMKNTS WITH AI!R1:ATI1TAKIN; VIKW 01' Till: IXTKACOASTAL WAT Kit WAY :i:Ki)i;o()M2i!ATii LSS'IAIIT AT $51, 5(H) Recreation binltliiKj with itiot,jhatin(j dock and shnjjh board comix. Secant u sistem. A'o land or recreation leases. One mile north iifTaHcsta shoppm! arm: u.s access (o !!)') and Turn pike. '.RoADvnrw r s iiifhu.n i (I Mih' N,iilliiilTnii'si.iSliiiiiiiirtMirrl .iii.-i.i. KUnl.i f! I I ''.) VHi'Uli.! 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