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Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, Nov. 17, 1968-F13 Mace Tue Leaves Colorful raw; t m on the American Forestry Association's "Social Register of Big Trees." The Florida Forest Service furnishes a sign similar to the ones shown above for each forest "monarch" in the state. PLACE OF GREATNESS Standing a mere 20 feet apart i.i Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park near Tallahassee are two of the 56 champion trees which have made the Sunshine State the national leader ANNUAL TIME The Carefree, a hybrid white geranium shown here with Blue Mist ageratum, is one of the geraniums now available from Pan-American Seed Co. The planting of annuals now is one way to add color to your tropical! Florida garden for the next few months. Sowing seeds in flats or buying the plant already beyond the tender age are the best ways of insuring healthy plantings. Florida Takes Over Lead In Champ Tree Tourney The Inquiring Gardener the ratings of the states shift up and down. This transitory situation is precipitated by the champion's failing to "measure up." More massive contenders may be nominated. Or the trees may fall victims to disease, the elements, or thoughtless commercialism. For Instance, a huge sweetbay in Gainesville and a tremendous royal palm in Collier-Seminole State Park were destroyed or damaged to such an extent that they were dethroned by reserve champions with less Impressive measurements. The "Social Register of Big Trees" was started about a quarter of a century ago as part of a campaign to halt the disappearance of the magnificent trees which are so much a part of our heritage. The American Forestry Association wanted to kindle an Interest In the discovery and protection of splendid specimens that might be destroyed. Few, If any, of the states can boast as many different species of trees as can Florida. A total of 314 trees grow In the state's broad range of topography, latitude and terrain. As of today, 56 Kings reign In Florida . . . and the search continues. The Florida Forest Service welcomes Inquiries. And they will assist in any way possible to "keep Florida first." IF VOU HAVE a gardening problem, describe It on a post card and mail to Norman Be-zona, assistant county agent, 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, Ha., 33406. this trouble! IMP, Lake Worth. ANSWER: There are many factors that may contribute to plant problems Indoors. Air conditioning, dryness, overwa-terlng, over-fertilizing, are only a few. Remove the damaged leaves. If the plant Is in poor condition replace it with another and plant this specimen In the garden. It is very troublesome to try to rehabilitate a sick house plant. When planted outdoors with a tree on which to climb, It will usually recover with great vigor. QUESTION: I have hybrid amaryllls planted from seed. They are three years old. What do I feed them to make Everything's great in Florida ... . including the trees. State Forester C. H. Coulter has announced that the Sunshine State has taken over the leadership In the nationwide champion tree tournament. The "tournament" is actually the American Forestry Association's "Social Register of Big Trees," on which Florida Is listed as the home of 56 of these giants of the forest. The former leader, Michigan, is second with 51, while California is in the No. 3 spot with 45. Just two years ago, Florida was in ninth place. The Florida Forest Service started the push just last year to "make Florida first." And a dedicated group got busy locating and measuring likely prospects. Almost overnight, F lorida was in third .... and finally in the No. 2 position. What makes a tree an aristocrat of the verdant world? Bigness In trees Is ascertained by taking the sum of the height, the circumference and one-quarter of the crown spread. The circumference is measured at a point four and one-half feet above the ground. So It is a combination and not just one measurement (hat tells the tale. In case of a tie, the tree with the larger Circumference is the winner. Fame, however, is a fleeting thing, and some of the champion trees hold their honors only temporarily. Consequently, OPEN many classes and programs carried on in holiday decorating. Our local garden clubs sponsor several. Another way to add (all color to the next few months Is to planlannuals.Thls project is more for the outdoortype. There are dozens of annuals and perennials that can be planted now. This way you can schedule splashes of bright colors in the garden all through the winter and spring. Unfortunately, some new gardeners think that they can get results by broadcasting a few packets of seeds In the yard. If you try this, you are doomed to failure. For best results, stick to annuals recommended for the area. Our office has a mimeograph covering these as well as cultural practices. You may write for the pamphlet on annuals to the County Agent's Office, 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, 33406. Also, check with your local garden supply ieal-er or nurseryman. Always plant only top quality seed. To get a good stand of seedlings, protect them from the dreaded damping-off disease which is quite prevalent during warm days and cool nights. There are several chemicals for sale at your garden supply store that will help keep down damping-off. Treating the seeds with one of these materials and sowing the seeds In flats will insure that you will produce healthy seedlings. Of course, the easiest way to avoid seedling diseases is to buy healthy plants already past the tender age. If you are looking for bright colored annuals to perk up borders or to edge shrubs and flower beds, try allysum, dusty miller, dwarf zinnia, or lobelia. To take care of you needs for cut flowers and artistic bouquets, plant calendula, snapdragon, gerbera daisy, larkspur, Bells of Ireland. For potted plant specimens try geraniums and petunias. small button-like formation in the center. If you want them straight, stake them. They make wonderful accent plants In the annual garden giving that upward pull necessary for interest. Before we leave you, we want to discuss one of the truly perennial perennials that we can grow here. This is the gerbera, that lovely, lacey-looking daisy-like flower that comes in all" tints and shades of color except blue. Some are single, some are double and some are triple-petaled. The location for planting gerbera is Important. In Florida, where sunlight is so intense, It is better to choose a location In filtered sunlight, or, near a building with east-em exposure protected from hot noon and alternoon sun. This also helps to check nematodes to which gcrberas are subject. Nematodes are less active in cool soils than heated ones. It might be wise to sterilize the soil before planting. The soil should be about neutral. That means neither of an acid or alkaline reaction. To make it so, mix compost and coarse sand, half and half. To this add some well-rotted cow manure (steer is better if you can get it) and some lime, preferably dolomite, since gerbera do best In slightly sweet soil. Do not add leaf mold, acid peat or acid compost. This will lower the pH too much. Good drainage, of course, Is necessary. When planting, place each plant in the soil to the full length of the roots, but do not cover the crown, the place where the leaves emerge from the roots. This can cause crown-root similar to that of African violets when crowns get too wet. Gerbera plants refuse to produce bloom of good quality In a droughty condition, so see that the soil is moist at all times. If the soil Is prepared properly, gerbera will do well without much extra feeding. But they will grow larger in size and healthier If fed about once a month. Petunias Garden Standby By NORMAN BEZONA Assistant County Agent Plants and ladles have the same habits both give their tresses a color treatment for added beauty. Now, I'm not -much on-using plantsiorJioH- day decoration, but I find that you can get your ornamentals to follow the latest fall vogue by coloring some of their leaves. Fern, tropical almond, ma-cadamia, oak, pine and other materials can be used for the coloring and preserving project- i As the first step in this project, remove the green or natural color of the foliage selected by immersing it in javelle water. To make this solution, mix 4 pounds of sodium carbonate with one gallon of water and boil 10 minutes. To this add one pound of chloride of lime. Then cool the solution and strain. Caution: Use glass, wooden or enameled containers, as this solution is very corrosive. Also protect your hands and clothing. For leaves high in tannin such as oak or delicate foliage such as Maidenhair fern dilute Javelle water with one-fourth volume of water. For most other leaves bleach In 1.1 Javelle-water solution. Bleaching requires up to 12 hours depending on the foliage. After bleaching, wash plant material thoroughly In running water. Next, dye foliage the desired color. The dye solution should be warm, but not boiling. Afer dyeing, wash foliage to remove excess dye. Now, soak dyed foliage for 30 minutes to one hour in a five percent glycerin solution. Remove dyed material from glycerin and dry In the shade. This process can also be used to preserve and color Christmas greenery. As far as proper arrangement goes, keep your eyes open for the laevis). The chartreuse-green of this annual Is good plant material for flower arrangers. But In growing them successfully there are a fewthings you must keep in mind. The seeds need to be refrigerated In order that good germination Weed 'Em And Reap takes place. Put the packet ot seeds In the refrigerator for a month, then plant them in Individual pots or a seed bed, and then transplant to the permanent bed. Of course If you buy the plants all this is not necessary. The secret of transplanting seems to be that the holes In which they are to go should be thoroughly wet, with a good watering after the plants are in as with all small plants, protect from sun until they are well established. They should be watered often but lightly. Go easy on fertilizer. Liquid fertilizers should be used half strength in small quantities. Any lawn fertilizer with trace minerals in it is good. Always water before and after fertilizing. Partial shade is necessary, so plant where such a location can be found. The "bell" really is the calyx of the flower, this being a Itonus Sove 1.00 5000 SQ. FT. $C95 S.II Sine 1947" PHONE 832-8328 QUESTION: Our tomato plants bloom but the blossoms fall off and the leaves get yellow and the plant dies. What could be causing this? AS, Lantana. ANSWER: This condition Is normally due to a stress on the plant. There Is a possibility this is root injury due to nematodes feeding. Dig up one of the plants and check the condition of the roots. Other disease organisms may also be affecting the plant. If the roots are In good condition, then it may be due to your fertilizing practices. Tomato plants need a continuous supply of nutrients. The county agent's office has a pamphlet available on growing tomatoes in Florida. For a free copy, write to 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, 33406. QUESTION: My normally beautiful cut leaf phlloden-dron, which I keep Inside, has some leaves turning brown on the edges. The plant receives sunlight and every possible care. What can I do to correct Housing Threshold NEW YORK (UPI) The housing Industry appears to be on the threshold of an era In which 12 million dwellings a year could be constructed, according to Louis H. Meyer, president of Associated Mortgage Companies, Inc., Washington, D. C, mortgage banking firm. Shrvfct, FWwert Mwt cnrWMt , f re4f fwtriMf, (ash Uff w't"watlt tvf ' fa kewrf ratot. Aaptr wiA Itv-GreM tttary Sff taatf r by BLUGREEN ROTARY SPREADER KNOX FEED & SUPPLY 00 Okhob Rood Phone 832-3651 FREE PARKING STRAWBERRY PLANTS 95' BUNCH UTDBC IIIQT 1I1C ANNUALS them bloom? CD, Lake worth. ANSWER: Use a low nitrogen fertilizer such as a 51010, 2-8-10, or a 4-8-8, since high nitrogen tends to promote vegetative growth. Two or three light applications per year should do. QUESTION: I have a peach tree on which Caribbean fruit flies have ruined all the fruit. In fuel all the fruit in this area was affected. Can you tell me what to do about It this year? CAB, Pahokee. ANSWER: Control measures for this pest are being studied. At the present there is nothing sure we can recommend. But, if they were my own trees, I would spray every 5 to 7 days with amalthion or sevin. We have available a bulletin on raising peaches in Florida which may be obtained by writing to the county agent's office. a JVf 1 1 POINSETTIAS NOW AVAILABLE . . . TRUCK LOAD SALE... WHILE THEY LAST.. FRESH M BUSTER'S . Bmodwoy at 17th St. By PALM HEMKK We hope that you have your annual beds prepared by this time so that you can go ahead and plant in a knowledgeable way, with the necessary lntor-mation concerning the most commonly used annuals and perennials now at hand. Each Sunday we are discussing a few such plants, so that you can think out your plan more wisely. Today, It will be petunias, SUNDAYS EACH 6S C PER TRAY HORLST & MUSERY a Rivwra bwkIi 142-3344 famous nm Control Leaf Miner, Aphids, Mites, Leaffioppers with CYGON 267 Systemic Insecticide. Now being widely used in this area on practically all vegetables because of its unique combination of advantages -excellent insect control, low cost per acre and longer period of effectiveness, also no need to wear protective clothing! that old garden standby which fits In so well for hanging baskets, planting bins, pots or the ground. Along with Bells-of-Ireland, that fairly new member of garden flowers, and gerbera or painted daisy. Petunias, of course, are an old standby. Because of the hairiness of stems and leaves, the plants are chosen by butterflies to lay eggs that eventually turn into small worms that chew the leaves. So It might be wise to spray the plants with a stomach poison until butterfly time Is over, when one Is no longer bothered with the worms. Some of the newer bedding petunias are Celestial Rose, a new free-flowering hybrid in deep rose-pink. Pink Satin, Red Satin and Comanche, a red-red, are also new hybrids, plain-edged. In the new ruffle-edged petunia hybrids Is Frolic. It comes In a color range of red, rose, pink, salmon and white, with an eye of a deeper color. The flowers measure six to eight Inches across. The new petunia hybrids have more vigor, bloom more profusely, and the colors are brighter, clearer and more uniform. Polaris is a deep violet-blue with a white star marking its petals. The new outstanding double All-Amerl-can winners Include Colossal Shades of Rose and Mrs. Dwight D. Elsenhower. Another flower that we hope you are trying In your garden is Bells-of-Ireland (Molucella Hoiiiis S." Save .oO 2500 SQ. FT. SAVE 1.00 5000 SQ. FT. 54S "Servicing Whol W 926 BELVEDERE RD. I 4 Assure Greater Success in Florida Gardeninq prepare your soil correctly before planting this scientific way I Amazing BED MIX con tains organics, bone meal. sneep manure, vital mi nor elements and other essential ingredients blended in scientifically correct amounts to give Florida Soil just the boost it needs. 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