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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 85

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Sunday, November 24, 1968
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Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, Nov. 24, 1968-F11 Gardeners Can't Relax In Fall ft AM elforts on ornamental plants. However, this is not the case. Actually, fall is one of the most important control periods. Successful fall treatment of various diseases often determines whether plants enter the cool season in a healthy-condition, or in a diseased anil weakened condition. Be especially careful about pruning practices since disease can be spread from sick to healthv plants. Careful observation and early treatment are the keys to effective plant disease control. Should you discover a disease you don't recognize, or one you don't know how to control, check with your local garden supply deaier. commercial sprayman or small or non existent. Fortunately, it is not dilli-cult to control scab if treatment is started early enough and continued. Apply a fungicide as soon as the disease appears, and continue applications at 10-14 day intervals lor at least 3 applications. Any of the commonly used fungicides would be satisfactory, but neutralized copper, maneb. or zineb are among the best lor treating this particular disease. Zineb should be applied at the rate of one tablespoon per gallon of water. If some treatment is not applied, the probable result will be poinsettia plants with long stems, a lew leaves at the very top. and lew if any flowers. If the disease gets ahead By NORMAN BEZONA Assistant County Agent Cool days in tropical Florida bring gardeners and I lowers . out in lull lone. Hed I'owderpull. hibiscus and bougainvillea are just a j lew of the Mowers we enjoy, and the poinsettia is one ol our ; lavorites. However, unless we - take precautions the poinset- tia bloom can be destroyed by scab, a disease which attacks . the leaves and stems causing ' leal drop and scabby lesions : on the stem. In tact, a severe infection ol : the disease may kill 90 per J cent or more ol the leaves. - and many ol the remaining 10 1 per cent may be inlected As a - result, plants afleeted in this 7 manner have little production power and blooms are very of you and plants are severely inlected. heavy pruning or even removal of plants may be necessary. Another disease which causes serious problems for home gardeners is black spot of roses. This disease has been prevalent all summer and is still quite active. Therefore, it's important to continue treating lor control of black spot even though we have entered the tall months. In fact, treatment is even more important now. so far as the wel-lare of the plant is concerned, than it was during the summer. If the disease is not controlled from now until cold weather, rose plants may go into the blooming period in a weakened condition. This might result in a poor quality primary victims are roses and crape myrtles. Powdery mildew can seriously injure any plant which it attacks, both disfiguring its current foliage and causing a general weakening detrimental to the production of luture foliage and blooms. The materials mentioned lor the control of black spot of roses will normally control powdery mildew satisfactorily on rose plants. Dusting or spraying with sullur will provide satisfactory general control on plants around the home. However, the best material currently available for the control of powdery is a relatively new antibiotic called actidione P.M. Many gardeners think of the fall as a time when they can relax their disease control of flowers. Also, black spot must be adequately controlled now. to insure production of the best possible blooms during the next few week. As with scab of poinsettias. most of the common fungicides will have some etfect in controlling black spot on roses. However, experiments indicate that Phaltan and Di-thane N-45 are probably the most effective materials now available. This material should be applied as a spray at 7 to 10 day intervals. Thorough coverage of the leaves is all important. That is. the spray should be applied to all of the leaves, on both the tops and undersides. A third disease plaguing home gardeners is powdery mildew, which attacks a wide variety of plants. Two of its Make A Cabinet For Seamstress Calendulas Give Colorful Touch typewriter or writing desk. Drawers may be built on the right side the same as on the left. The pattern tells you how. The third item in the picture is a small chair. It's dainty and may also be used with a dressing table, writing desk and such places. All three pieces are inexpensive and easily built when you use the full-size patterns. To obtain the full-size patterns for building the pieces shown and listed below, send coin, check or money order to: Steve Ellingson. Palm Beach Post-Times Pattern Dept.. P. O. Box 2383. Van Nuys. Calif.. 91409. Other patterns available: No. 253. folding sewing cabinet. $1; 272. portable sewing machine cabinet. $1; new booklet picturing all projects. .50 cents; 347. princess chair. .50 cents. Add 25 cents per pattern (or airmail delivery. By STEVE ELLINGSON Diamonds may be a gin s best friend, but a sewing machine is a more worthy .companion. What else does so much to help a homemaker enjoy the low cost of high living? Whether it be a glamorous evening gown or new curtains for the dining room, when you sew them yourself, thecost is far less. Sewing goes faster if everything you need is at your finger tips. The items shown here with actress Elizabeth Baur of Kox's new T V. series. "Lancer." were designed for your convenience. The small cabinet on the left contains all the supplies you need when you sew. There is a space for patterns, fabrics, needles, scissors, thread and dozens of other items. It's light and easily carried from room to room. The larger cabinet shown was designed to hold your portable sewing machine. It may be used with all makes and styles of portables. It has three drawers for miscellaneous items and one door on the lower left-hand side for your machine. When not used for sewing, this cabinet becomes a handv mixed with pale yellow and light green colors and the plants are not as bushy as they should be. Also, the bark seems to be scaly. What would you guess the trouble could be and what might I do about it? -KS, West Palm Beach. ANSWER: The scaly bark is typical for Australian pines as they become older. Yellowing of the foliage is likely to be a nutritional problem. Fertilize every 2 months with a complete fertilizer plus minor elements, until plants are growing at the rate you desire. Also, make sure that the grass is edged to avoid competing with your young hedge. Pep Up Ceiling IJep up a small, boxy room with a new ceiling treatment. Nail western hemlock or Idaho white pine 2x2s across the ceiling, spacing one inch between. Finish the wood clear, but paint the ceiling behind black, raspberry, cobalt blue or poison green. QUESTION: Every time I purchase Bitter Blue sod it lasts only for several months, then dies. I keep it well watered at all times. Please advise. HBE, West Palm Beach. ANSWER: With the amount of information you provide, I can only tell you what treatment your sod should have. First, any additive such as muck or peat moss for moisture-holding purposes should be worked into the sand so that the roots of the grass can penetrate and grow properly. All of the St. Augustine strains need fertilization three to four times a year. The turf may be watered every other day to begin with. After it is established, the lawn should be well soaked once or twice per week in the morning hours so as to prevent moisture standing, which encourages fungus diseases. The lawn should be watched carefully for insect infestations such as chinch bugs, army worms, sod web-worms, etc., and sprayed when necessary to control these insects. QUESTION: I have penny-grass around my citrus tree. If I apply Scott's Bonus will it kill this pennygrass, and will this damage the roots, fruit, IF YOU HAVE a gardening problem, describe it on a post card and mail to Norman Be-zona, assistant county agent in care of the Mounts Bldg., 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, Fla., 33406. ortree? CL, Boca Raton. ANSWER: Being a pre-emergence herbicide, the Scott's Bonus keeps seeds from sprouting, but it will kill some exisiting weeds, penny-grass included. Bonus should not be applied inside the drip-line of vour tree. QUESTION: A tree in my yard drops its leaves in March but grows new leaves at once. Is this a disease? I an enclosing a leal from this tree PR, West Palm Beach. ANSWER: The leaf enclosed looks like the Poonga Oil Tree or Pongam. The tree is semi-deciduous and defoliates in late spring, also occasionally during drought. QUESTION: Two years ago I transplanted several Australian pines about 3 feet tall. They are now about 4 feet, and have been trimmed a few times. Their needles are third year. There is a new blend called Peppermint Pinks which has contrasting colors and edges. A choice hybrid, Old Spice, is salmon pink, and has the good characteristic of non-splitting of the calyx. Border Pinks are small en- Weed 'Em And Reap ough to use in rock gardens as well as for borders. Beatrix and Silver Mine are ever-blooming cluster pinks. Dianthus likes lime and gritty soil. The gray foliage is a pleasing contrast to the ordinary greens of the garden. While on the subject of dianthus, we might give a little information on the planting and care of carnations, since the so-called carnation belongs in the same family as the "pinks." Carnations can be propagated from seeds or cuttings. Since seed takes from three to five months to mature, it will be suggested that the impatient gardener try raising them from cuttings. So from a florist, nurseryman or a friend who grows them, obtain cuttings by nipping a bit of stem near the base of the plant, cutting just below a node. Insert these cuttings into your prepared propagation box. first cutting away leaves that may be below the surface of the medium. It is also a good idea to reduce the size of the tip leaves by half. This prevents wilting. Keep the sand slightly damp. Give them light, but they root better in a cool location. These cuttings should be small plants in three weeks. You will know when they -OPEN strike root by the fact that the leaves turn darker, and the cuttings resist when you give a gentle pull. When they have acquired roots, put them in two and one half inch pots in a soil mixture, half and half, of humus-rich soil and sand, with a half teaspoon of bonemeal to each plant to supply the phosphorous that carnations crave. Since they object to being pot bound, re-pot to a larger size when the pot is full of roots. When the root system is strong enough, they are ready to plant in the place allotted to them. Carnations like a rich soil. So wherever you plant them, see that the soil is composed of compost, sand and garden soil. If you lack compost, use leafmold or rich woods soil instead. Water with care since they dislike too much dampness. When growth is well started, begin nipping the branches that are becoming too leggy. This will give a more compact bushy plant, and more flowers. Also nip out the small tiny side buds that take the strength needed by the plant to grow. These never amount to anything, anyhow. When plant is strong and buds begin to form, and you desire perhaps larger specimen flowers for display, pinch off all but the center bud, letting all the strength go into it. Carnations like a lot of light, but cannot tolerate a damp atmosphere. These plants are inclined to bend if not supported. So if they are more than sixteen inches tall, it is best to give them some kind of support. Have a happy Thanksgiving, now that the day is approaching. How thankful we gardeners should be for the pleasure of keeping mind and hands busy with such uplifting work as we find in our gardens. SUNDAYS. New Mower Blade Flexible, Safer CYGON267 the leading vegetable systemic can be applied right up to harvest! Weeds -Away-Sale ENDS SATURDAY, NOV. 30 FREE DELIVERY - SPREADERS LOANED Satisfaction Guaranteed KELLEY'S GARDEN CENTER 219 So. 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