The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 3, 1968 · Page 82
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 82

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 3, 1968
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1 Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, Nov. S, 1968 Fll Give Your Plants Shot Of Nutrient 2?" li iAl,i m. J; 1 1 lawn often respond to additional fertilizer and water. Organic mercury fungicides Injected Into the soil at two to three times recommended rate may give some degree of control, however, this may temporarily injure the grass. Most folks Just live with the temporary problem. QUESTION: The leaves on my Ficus nitida tree are curled,, and Inside there are hundreds of small Insects that resemble tiny earwigs. What are they and how can they be controlled? WSC, Atlantis. ANSWER: They are thrlps, a very common pest on this tree. For control spray with malathion, although on ficus they are very difficult to eliminate. Newer systemic insecticides now on the market may give better control such as Cy-gon orMeta-Systox R. . IF YOU HAVE a gardening problem, describe it on a post card and mall to Norman Be-zona, assistant county agent, 531 N. Military Trail. West Palm Beach, Fla., 33406. gray to black soot-like mold growth with prominent white or yellow masses. This usually occurs during warm wet weather and is technically not a disease since it does not parasitize the grass. It may be brushed or washed off since it is unsightly. QUESTION: What causes a large number of mushrooms in my lawn, some as large as eight inches across? CP, Lake Clark Shores. ANSWER: This condition is common after heavy rains. It is caused by a fungus organism known as "Fairy Ring." It is difficult to control, although declining areas in the tom. In advanced stages the leaves are reduced in size and the entire leaf presents the "frizzled" appearance so characteristic of this disease. This trouble is also common on date palms, royal palms, Paurotls palms and others. Soil and foliage applications of manganese sulfate are effective correction. Apply 2 or 3 soil and foliar applications during the year of manganese sulfate. Any garden supply store carries this material. Another nutritional problem common in south Florida Is the premature yellowing of coconut and cane palm (Chrysa-lldocarpus lutescens) fronds. The fronds will stay greener much longer If palms are well fertilized with a palm fertilizer or organic fertilizers with additions of epson salts (magnesium sulfate, not manganese sulfate). Apply one-half to five pounds depending on size of the tree. A good pre-mlxed palm fertilizer will contain both magnesium and manganese as well as other trace elements. Avoid having "pooped" palms and other plants this winter. Fertilize now. By NORMAN BEZONA Assistant County Agent Rain is fine, but enough already! Torrential downpours have leached nutrients from our soils. Even if you fertilized in the last 4-6 weeks, most of It is gone now. Shrubs, fruit trees and grasses will benefit from a complete fertilizer applied now. Unlike the North, our tropical plants never stop growing. Keep them in good shape and they will take those cold spells much better. Palms especially need that nutrient boost to keep them looking good. Fertilizers derived from organic sources are desirable for palms. Castor pomace, milorganlte, cottonseed meal, ground steamed bone meal, tankage, blood, guano, fish scrap and manures are satisfactory. Milorganlte, steamed bone meal and manures In combination keep the palms in a thrifty growing condition. Ten to 25 pounds "dug in" or "plugged In" under the spread of the leaves is not too much for large specimens. "Plugging" is done by making small holes with a crowbar or like tool around the trunk not too close, though. Make the holes about 1 foot deep and 2 feet apart and scatter them evenly over the area covered by the spread of the leaves. Fill the holes with fertilizer and close them with soli. If you don't like manures and sludges, then use commercial fertilizers. Look for fertilizers containing from 4 to 8 per cent nitrogen, 6 to 8 per cent phosphoric acid and 4 to 8 per cent potash. The amount to apply will vary with age and size of the plants, as well as soil fertility. It may range from approximately 1 to 2 ounces for very small recently planted palms to 15 pounds for large palms per application. Give your palms three or four applications a year. A serious growth-retarding disease of the queen palm . (Arecastrum romanzoffla-num) variously called "curly top", "curly leaf" and "frizzle leaf" is caused by a manganese deficiency. A yellowing of the leaves is the first symp QUESTION: Is It the proper time to repot amaryllis and will they do as well In the ground as in pots? LLB. West Palm Beach. ANSWER: From July to November Is the proper time for this operation, so it isn't too late to do it now. They will do well in the ground, in a sunny . location. However, in pots they may be moved into the patio or house area for more enjoyment. QUESTION: I have a number of caterpillars on my lxo-ra. They are greenish with colored stripes down each side with ufts that form bands across the body and are about two Inches long. What are they and what can I use to kill them? GG, Lake Worth. ANSWER: They are very likely the Io Moth Caterpillar which has many types of shrub as a host. Netting or stinging caterpillars such as this one and the saddleback are common now. They can be controlled with toxaphene or sevin used according to manufacturer's directions on the label. The sting of these critters is extremely painful. QUESTION: What causes a black mold like substance on my bahia lawn and what can I do about it? WTK, Jupiter. ANSWER: This is probably -a fungus called slime mold. "The grass is covered with a IIm-Oimh plfett (w Im'i, Tim, SlwMti , FUwtfi Mm mvmIwI h st, sprMdi fwrim, hitt Imiw rM "wtll wf" la mf rain. Affhr l IdhftrMft lUtary SffMtr r by Bill GREEN ROTARY SPREADER rmtH Ivy KNOX FEED & SUPPLY 1001 Okhob Road Phone 832-3651 FREE PARKING Fertilize If You Wants Plants As Healthy As These Get Annuals In Ground As Cooler Days Arrive Garden Guide PLANT: Amaryllis, petunias, daylilies, gladiolus. Most spring-blooming annuals may be planted. Shrubs and trees may be planted now if balled and burlapped or container grown. Separate gerbera daisies and other perennials if necessary. PRUNE: Dead or diseased wood. Use pruning paint to seal wound. FERTILIZE: Research by University of Florida shows a well fed plant is less subject to cold damage. Fertilize if you have not In the last month. Also, use minor elements especially magnesium and manganese on shrubs and palms. SPRAY AND DUST: Continue as necessary. Brown patch fungus on lawns increasing now. Spray with PCNB or thiram in combination or separately. WEATHER PROTECTION: Be prepared for frost with well-conditioned plants. Water sufficiently to keep plants in good condition. If frost predicted, cover tender plants, using stakes to keep covering material from blowing against plants and damaging them. Anchor to prevent cold from coming up from bottom. Well rotted manure is good for mulching. POSSIBLE BLOOM: Bougainvillea, Chinese hat, chrysanthemums, gerbera daisies, hibiscus, marigolds, nasturtiums, oleanders, petunias, pinks, poinsettias, and roses. Many other annuals, perennials, shrubs and vines. r are used as annuals, the plants being started each year from seed. They can be grown here but only as annuals. They also do not seem to attain the vigor that they do in northern gardens, possibly because they do not have that stored-up strength in the roots. Do grow them anyhow, but as annuals. Now a few words about pansies. As stated before, they do well for borders, and since they can be purchased In separate colors, they can be chosen to harmonize with the surrounding color pattern. For best results, It Is well to buy seeds or plants of sturdy varieties. The basic needs of pansies are a deep rich mellow soil which must never be allowed to become dry. They also need partial shade, especially In the afternoon. Hence a north exposure Is good. As with all annuals, remove faded flowers and you will get continuous bloom. Otherwise the bloom period of any annual is short. They do better when planted close together. Planted farther apart, they seem to dry out too quickly. As to color, in the blues Is Ullswater or Lake of Thun, and Berna, a dark blue. In yellows, Coronation Gold is an Ail-American winner. Pay Dirt, a golden yellow with a center blotch of black, Is fragrant and heat resistant. Rhinegold is a deep yellow with a brown blotch on Its three lower petals. Of the reds, Flrebeacon is the best. Alpenglow is a rich wine-red. Mont Blanc is white with dark blotches. Moon Moth Is an early white hybrid with dark blue throat. As to color mixtures, Steele's Jumbo Mixed bloom early. In the deeper shades, RoggU's Swiss Giants are best. If you wish more pastel colors, try Engleman's Giants. These are heat resistant. Clear Crystals Is made up of clear self-colors without blotches. Ellis' Oregon Giants are ruffled, and Read's New Century Scented provide fragrance as the name 1 fi This is the time for sweet-pea and verbena. Verbena leaves, being fuzzy, may bring caterpillar trouble. But if you spray with a stomach poison, this should not be a drawback. Torenia, the wish-bone flower, makes one think of pansies, since their markings are somewhat the same. They like a cool exposure, and since they grow low, they serve well for bordering purposes. A few of these we will discuss later, but before we do we Weed 'Em And Reap would like to think about the terms annual and perennial, which have a different meaning In hot climates than in cooler ones. Both annuals and herbaceous perennials have stalks that consist of loosely grown-together fibers. An annual Is a plant that completes its cycle of life In one year or less. Perennials grow two or more years, depending upon whether they are herbaceous or woody. When the fibers of a plant stem are very close together and many of them, we have woody perennials. Most of our shrubs belong in this category, for they too are perennials. Herbaceous perennials, such as digitalis, snapdragon, larkspur, canterbury bells and the like, have root stalks that, when summer is over, withdraw their substance Into the root system, becoming dormant during the cold days of winter, and awakening in spring when sun warms the earth. In the tropics, where there really is no such period to throw a plant Into complete dormancy, these plants cannot be grown as perennials, but Piles Easy Compost Compost piles are easy to make, and now Is a good time to start one In your back yard. Compost Is good for mixing plant soils, mulching perennial borders, and mixing with soil around new, weedy ornamental plantings. To make a compost pile, take a piece of woven wire fencing and construct a frame. One that is 5 feet by 9 feet, and 3 feet tall, will hold about a dump truck full. Reinforce the r SUNNILAND GARDEN SUPPLIES SUPER NITRO 40's TINY TIME PILLS $4 79 Each 40-pound bag of "easy-to-apply, gots-alongway" Super Nitro 40 covers 5,000 sq. feet of lawn and will last lor six months. SUPER NITRO 40's "TINY TIME PILLS" FEED YOUR LAWN STEADILY FOR SIX MONTHS 926 BELVEDERE RD. . PHONE 632-8328 . New Jersey Trademark sides by stapling a few boards to the wire, and by placing poles at the corners. Put grass clippings, vegetable tops, and other green materials into the frame. Trample and wet the organic matter to speed decomposition. Some of the coarser garden materials may need to be chopped up. When the pile has 6 to 8 Inches of tramped material, add three to four pounds of 20 per cent superphosphate and three quarters to one pound of ammonium nitrate. Then add another layer of clippings followed by fertilizer. Decay can be quickened by adding one-half Inch of soil between each layer of green material. During late winter and early spring, turn the pile by hand to further hasten decay. By planting time next spring the compost will be ready for use. It does not need to be completely decomposed. Do not put fats, meats, table scraps, seeds or pits In the pile. These materials attract rats and mice. Locate the pile so that it is not easily seen from your outdoor living area, or by your neighborhood. By PALM HEMKER Since this is the time to color your garden with annuals and perennials let us concentrate on those which do best during the cooler months. As you know, all annuals are not In this category. Many need the heat of summer to grow at their best. These we must eliminate for planting at this time of year. They Include portulaca, marigold, zinnia, ti-thonia, galllaidla, forget-me-not, phlox. Plant these when spring comes and you will have summer bloom. Right now, we want to think about those suitable for cooler days." Nasturtiums glory In cooler weather. Petunias do much better In winter than in summer. Dlanthus Is a good standby. Dlanthus can really be considered a perennial, since a well-established clump, if dead flowers are carefully removed, will last for several years without losing vigor. This is the time to plant hollyhock. If planted later, the stalks are not vigorous, and blooming Is poor. Alyssum, both white and purple, are excellent for bordering. Likewise pansles add to the garden's beauty with their bright little faces. Red salvia at this time of year Is always dependable. Keep cutting off the old spent stalks and new growth will come forth with more spikes of bloom. 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