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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, June 02, 1994, Page PAGE 3-B, Image 15

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PHOTO Wt IACMCL MAJKMON Kirby Yard Selected The H olden Beach Beautification Club has selected the yard of Bobby and Debbie Kirby of 160 Saiifish Drive as yard of the month for June. The yard is landscaped with coreopsis, Gerber daises, lo belia , lantana, verbena, mums , and several varieties of lilies. Kings Trail Winners Lois and Keith Curry were May "Yard of the Month" designees for the Kings Trail section of Sea Trail Plantation. Their yard features paths lined with "Johnny jump-ups" and many more plants in beds. Faithful Readers Respond On Lisiui ithus Article Dear Plant Doctor. After reading your article on lisianthus... 1 copied the enclosed articles for your infor mation. Some seed suppliers, like Thompson and Morgan, still call lisianthus Eustoma. As far as personal experience goes, I grew lisianthus from seed in New Jersey and it was a long drawn out germination, but eventually a few plants grew to maturity and were just beautiful. Plants produced purple tlowers that looked similar to tulips. 1 would leave them on the back deck in a pot all through December and they kept on flowering, so I know they are cold-hardy. 1 have never tested their heat-hardiness, but my sources tell me plants should do fine all the way into Florida. I saw them in many gardens in Australia. ? Long Beach Dear Plant Doctor; In response to your request for information about lisianthus, please find en closed an article that I clipped ? Shelby Dear Plant Doctor; I saw your request for information concerning lisianthus. I just recently purchased two plants in a garden center in North Myrtle Beach... I am sending you the information tag from the plant. Hope this will be helpful to you. ? Calabash Answer: I have been over whelmed by readers' kindness in providing information about lisian thus. A brief condensation and sum mary of the information sent to me regarding lisianthus follows. According to the reference Hnmi* Third, the property scientific name of lisianthus is Eustoma grandiflo mm or Prairie tVnfian plant ia classified as an annual or biennial, depending upon cultural practices. I found at least four major seed hous es list lisianthus in their catalogs: Park Seed Co. (Highway 54 North, Greenwood SC 29647); Thompson and Morsan. Inc. ("P.O. Box 1308. Dept. FG~ Jackson NJ 08527); J.L Hudson (P.O. Box 1058, Dept. FG, Redwood City CA 94064); and W. Alice Burpee and Co. (Warminster PA 18974). Burpee even featured lisianthus (... "The Blue Rose") on the front page of the 1994 catalog! All sources report that lisianthus is difficult to grow from seed or to transplant, but worth the effort. Seedlings can be grown in a cold frame planted in the fall or in a greenhouse in early spring Seedling transplant survival is generally low due to an extensive root system. Plant should be grown in a fertile, well-drained, organic enriched soil with a pH of 6 J to 7.0. Avoid high nitrogen fertilizers in the culture of seedling plants, and fertilize juvenile plants with light feedings of 5-10-10 or equivalent fertilizer. Pinch buds from young plants to cncourage multiple branching. Provide support for plants when size reaches 8 inch es. Treat sucking insect pests (aphids. whiteflies or snider mites > with in a * secticidal soaps or appropriate insec ticides (e.g. Orthcne). Readers, thanks for all the infor mation! Dear Plant Doctor: Please find enclosed a sample of a branch from a dwarf apple tree. The branches are dying. The disease starts on the end of the branch and moves toward the center of the tree. My tree is 10 years old and loaded with apples. Can you give me any advice on what might be causing this problem? Do you know of any remedy? I would hate to lose the tree. Thank you in advance for your help. ? Lambertoa Answer: Your problem is due to fire blight. Fire blight is a bacterial disease which can severely appica, pears and many other plant members of the rose family. Fire blight is a jfiiwj nf VI M /carnally rmwmiHyj disease) since honey bees often in fect plants during pollination visits to the flower. The disease can also be transmitted by hail, wind or in fected pruning tools. Blossoms, fruits, fruit spurs, twigs and branches are affected, and sometimes the entire tree may be killed. Fire blight develops rapidly when temperatures are 65 to 90 de grees F. combined with humid or rainy weather. Damage appears in early spring when blossoms appear water-soaked, wilted, shriveled, and eventually turn from brown to black. Blighted twigs wilt at their tips, giving the appearance of a "shep herd's crook." Infected young fruit appear oily or water-soaked, often exuding a milky- or honey-like ooze. The fruit will shrivel, become mummified, and suy attached to the branch. Only antibiotics will control fire blight, and generally small quanti ties of Agrimycin or Agri-Step are not available to home gardeners. Fire blight is difficult to control, but ifance Connection REGISTER NOW FOR... Ballet ? Tap ? Jazz Ages 3 and up Summer Classes Begin June 13 Steps Ahead Dance Team Auditions June 25 Call 754-8884 TO REGISTER OR FOR INFORMATION Located in tf? PINK BUILDING behind Resort Plaza on Satan St. Shear Vanity Salon Offers You The Benefits Of Our Relaxing Facials ?Deep Cleansing ?Prevents Clogged Pores and Blackheads ?Helps Acne and Scars ?Reduces Lines ?Improves Elasticity We use Pevonia Skin Care Products Call Fbr Appointment or Consultation Ask For Sabrina 754-5800 Shallotte Plaza, Main Sc., Shallotte here are three suggestions to help minimize the damage to vour tree. ? Choose apple varieties for new plantings which are genetically re sistant to fire blight. ? Remove all infected fruit, twigs and leaves from trees before growth starts in the spring. Prune out all infcr??*J wood Cu?? should be made 10 to 12 inches beyond the last evidence of the disease. Use bleach (e.g. Clorox) diluted 1:10 with water to sterilize the pruning shears between each cut. 9 Avoid heavy fertilization thai Mjcoursges succulent growth Keep watersprouts pruned from the base of the tree, and remove and destroy all printings promptly. I am sending you the N.C. Cooperative Extension publication " Fire Blight of Apple and Pear, Fntii Disease Information Note 3. " by Drs. D.F. Ritchie and T.B. Sutton. Good luck. Send your gardening questions and comments to the Plant Doctor, P.O. Box 109, Bolivia NC 28422. Round Steak * US DA Inspected Beef Boneless Extra Low Prices * Extra Low Prices * Extra Low Prices * t; . NOUS* Master blend Tyson/Holly Farms Fresh Grade A Whole 2 Liter - Diet Pepsi, Mtn. Dew. Diet Mtn. Dew, Caffeine Free Pepsi, Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi, Crystal Pepsi, Diet Crystal Pepsi 7-Up, Diet 7-Up Pepsi Cola

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