Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on June 4, 1960 · Page 45
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 45

Tucson, Arizona
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Saturday, June 4, 1960
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HI-GREEN LIQUID izer GAL. DICHONDRA SEED 1.99 Covers 250 ft. '/4-lb. BEDDING PLANTS Zinnia, Cockscomb, 49 c DOZ. STEER MANURE 4 Socks '2.00 BERMUDA SEED ^:-r. 79 __^__^_^_^^^^^M MB ^M»^M» ^ B | ^ Chlordane i 30', Motor (til ,,··. 15'o '1.20 FOR 2 GALS. ALUMINUM 4" Grass Edging 98 MICHIGAN PEAT BAG 100 Us. 3.95 TUCSON'S iEST GARDEN FOOD ALL OIGANIC 2--tO-Li. SAGS Fertilizer ROSES. 3.95 98 Spring Leaf Rake 98 **f. ^1.49 WHIRLWIND GRASS SPRIMKli* $M» NOW GRASS SHEARS 98 M-LB. BRIQUETS CHARCOAL 79 GARDEN TOOL SET », ·as D.D.T. DUST *« 1O C fi 151 n-WCH HAND SAW 98 KENGLAND NURSERY ORACLE «t FT. LOWELL Pfcone MA 2-3464 Open Sunday Offer Good TKis Week Only Burpee Giant Hybrids ttre inches and more across. Petals may be ruffled, curled or quilled. Color choice is wide. FLOJFER 4RDE1V IfYouWant Bright Color, Plant A Yardful Of Zinnias By VERNE OWEN Choose the once lowly zinnia i( you want a riot of color at minimum cost There are · so many kinds, colons and sizes, that you could have a whole garden of .them and it would not be monotonous. Of air annuals, it Is one which responds most favorably to open ground 'sowing.' In fact,' seed growers say that when roots of zinnias hit the bottom of a flat or pot, growth becomes stunted, so be sure if you purchase plants that they are not overgrown. Seeds can be planted in the flower beds until the middle of July. They germinate niickly and the plants do best in hot weather. The zinnia is a native of Arizona and Mexico, although hybridizers have made the cultivated ones so fancy you would hardly know they got their start on our rocky hillsides. Two varieties, Haageana and Sanvitalia, have been left more like their native ancestors than any of the others. Both are dwarf with small flowers and a color range restricted to shades of orange and yellow. For the border you can have your choice of Cupid, smallest of them all, or Tom Thumb, both of which come in packets of separate colors or in mixed packets of every color of the rainbow. Another good border is Hne- aris, which doesn't even look like a zinnia and the plants are seldom found in nurseries. The small single flowers are golden orange with lemon yellow stripes and the leaves are narrow and pointed. All three border varieties should be thinned to 10 or 12 inches apart Most seed packets give the heighfof plants at maturity, but add a few inches .when you plan your planting arrangement' because of our high temperature and long growing season. (This is true of all other annuals.) Of the medium height rinnias, which are so useful for bedding or for the middle distance in the 'wide borJer r there are several types but the lilliput, *r pompon, ,is. probably the most popular. The tight, fuli-petalled flowers from one and a half to two inches across are favorites for cutting. They also come » separate and mixed colors. Thin to II inches apart Two type* of large flowered ttnnias are the California Giants and the Giant Dahlia Flowered variety. They are quite similar in habit and appearance, growing to a height of three to four feet'with flowers five inches ia diameter. Plant .about two and a half feet apart; so they will have room to spread rather than grow too .tail. They come MI a variety of colors f r o m soft pinks and yellows to brilliant reds and purples. The "Cadillacs" of the zinnia family are the magnificent Burpee Giant Hybrids, first named and introduced 'm 1951. They are among the loveliest flowers ever created. The blossoms are five inches or more across with a pleasing variation in petal formation. Some are the informal ruffl'il type, looking very much like big. fluffy chrysanthemums. Some are curled and others gracefully quilled. The loosely arranged petals give the flowers an airy appearance free of _the stiffness of s o m e other "ziXiia types. They come in mixed colors and 12 separate shades and colors. A few years ago when the first of this newly developed variety were being harvested in the Burpee fields near Riverside, Calif., policemen were em-" ployed to patrol the area so there would be no invasion by outsiders. The principal enemies of zinnias are white flies, leafboppers and mildew, all of which can be controlled. There are many good products on the market for this purpose-but the most effective one we have found is a dust which contains chlordane, lin- dane and karathane. The first two control the insects while the third controls powdery mildew. Zinnias are fairly h e a v y feeders and should have a well- balanced plant food about every three weeks. Next week: GattvrdU. · ' · 9 QUESTION: Out of a dozen gladioli bulbs planted only six bloomed. The others came up but soosi browned and produced no flower stalk. Will these bulbs be worth digging? When is the proper time to dig them 'and how is the proper way to keep them? ., A. Assuming they were good Quality bulbs to begin with, those that didn't bloom could have been damaged by thrips in the young leaf sheaths or from fusarian fungus. It is best to use a fungicide in the soil when glads are planted and an insecticide spray (such as malathion) weekly after the fourth leaf forms through blooming time to control thrips. It is doubtful if these bulbs will be worth saving but the proper time to dig any bulb is after the foliage has been allowed to die on the plant. Sprinkle w i t h napthalene flakes and store in a bag where it is cool and dry. !· Ms eifcMM each week, Verne Owe* wH answer oiies tioM fr*m rmten aim* their ftower gardens. Only cuestions ·f general faUerwt will be used, ·nd ·· perswuri answers can be give*. Mall ysw questions t* Verne Owen, Tucsm Daily arisen, TMCSMSJ, Ark. : ^·v entann GARDEN CENTER 2007 N. Stone MA 4-2993 FREE Hose Hanger WMfc Garden Hese PwrduMW 50'--10-yr.. Suor .... 3.50 25--10-yr. Guar l.St 3-Tube Sprinklers, 25 1 2.49 NEW--"RAINY" OUTDOOR SHOWER--Attached to any g*r4«n hose, adjustable to any height. Rod sticks into ground. SPECIAL -- 2.M SB CLOSED SUNDAY OSSSE REPEAT AND LAST CALL PRIVET, 2£ to 3 ft. OLEANDERS Reg. 60c. Now 49 EACH c Guy Monthan Nurseries ) TM « OPEN SUNDAY 10-4 *· 2743 NORTH TUCSON BLVD. Since 1904 PAGE 46 TUCSON DAILY CITIZEN SATURDAY, JUNE 4, I960

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