Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on June 4, 1960 · Page 46
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 46

Tucson, Arizona
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Saturday, June 4, 1960
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Improper Care May Cause Plants To Drop Their Leaves During late spring and early summer, certain plants have a .tendency to develop leaves which drop off near the base ·f branches. This condition is Wtnitton on oleanders, privet, viburnum, citrus, and many other broadleaf evergreen plants. A. normal, healthy plant will shed old leaves, but the · number dropped will be small compared with those shed by a plant that has been improperly : watered or fertilized. Lack of water during the hot summer months aggravates leaf ·shedding to a point where it practically defoliates the plant. Lack of nitrogen fertilizer also causes yellowing and loss of leaves. care and treatment were emphasized by Steve Fazio of the University of Arizona department of horticulture in a recent interview: Application of nitrogen fertilizer should be made during the months of February or March. Applying nitrogen fertilizer prior to .development of new growth assures an adequate nitrogen supply, which promotes a healthy condition within the plant. Never allow a plant to show signs of severe wilting before watering. A plant should be watered whenever the young tip growth wilts or when the first few inches of soil in the" water basin become dry. Itie following suggestions for Watering slowly for deep pen- etration allow* the roots *f plants to draw water from the low soil depths, thus assuring a soil moisture reserve when the top portion of the soil becomes dry. The interval of watering cannot be determined accurately by the number of days, since soils vary in their ability to store water and climatic conditions are also variable. Oleanders and Japanese privet show the greatest tendency toward leaf shedding. Once the leaves have shed near the base, it is difficult to force new growth unless these plants 'are pruned. Several branches can be cut 10-12 inches above ground level, and new growth will form below the cut area and fill in the area devoid of leaves. HERE'S WHAT TO DO Leaf shedding occurs on the lower portion of the plant. It may be necessary to prune several limbs near ground level to f.yi in vacant areas. AWARD WINNING 3 4 BEDROOM LUSK HOMES including Exclusive XCA Sttrtophonic HiFi Wt Imty . . . SO EAST . . . f*r y»v h» ·nj*y fUctr*Nic living NOW! in*, y*« »nW y»«r family c*ft MftVt tat* * big, *p«c!*Uf, 1 »r 4 lv»k h»m« in D*t*rt St«pp*s for «t |*w ·» $23* TOTAL CASH! ic? Hw - lv»k'» V»ry ft*»1 Financing H - Mv* wh»r« lifv U - D«t*rt E«»t MOVE IN FOR $ 239 TOTAL CASH'. And Y*tf Can Within 10 fvrnithingt by H«ck*r Fwrnitwr* C*. AMEKICA'S MOST HOUOKEO BUILDEK . . SATURDAY, JUNE 4. I960 TUCSON DAILY CITIZEN PAGE 47

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