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Growing Pittosporums Beautiful But
Can Be Tricky
Plant Doctor: My pittospo
rums are wilting and appear to be
slowly dying. The plants most af
fected grow in a low area that tends
to hold water after it rains. What can
I do to save these plants?
? Topsail Beach
ANSWER: Japanese or Tobira
Pittosporum (Pittosporum tobira) is
a terrific ornamental shrub for
southeastern North Carolina but it
does have its problems.
A native of eastern Asia, the
"pitts" have found a home in many
eastern North Carolina landscapes.
Observant gardeners know that pit
tosporums produce wonderful small
clusters of white fragrant flowers
early in the spring. Prone to winter
kill when temperatures dip below
15F, pittosporum is tolerant of a
wide range of insect and disease
pests. However, the real strength of
pittosporum resides in the ability to
tolerate hot dry soils and salt spray.
Your plants may have stem rot
(Pelliculana mlfm), f1H)t rol
(Diplotdut sp), root rot
(Phylophlhora sp. nr
Phymatotnchum omtuvorum ) or a
host of other disease pathogens that
interfere with the ability of the plant
to translocate food or water I rec
ommend that you prune out any dis
eased or dying limbs on otherwise
healthy plants. Remove and destroy
dead or dying plants.
Plan to renovate the low-lying
t*d tnis winter or cany spring ..nd
replace with a raised bed. Adjust
soil pH to range between 6-7. amend
soil with needed nutrients (based on
a soil test), and raise soil bed six to
eight inches to prevent further dis
Do not replant diseased or sickly
plants in the new raised bed.
Regular use of preventive fungicide
sprays for most systemic wilt-type
diseases arc not normally practical,
effective or desirable in the home
Dear Plant Doctor: Is it too late
to plant ryegrass'' I couldn't get my
lawn oversceded this fall but hope to
be able to spread some seed during
the Thanksgiving holiday. Am I
wasting my time?? Wallace
ANSWER: Yes, no or maybe.
The ideal time to plant annual or
perennial ryegrass in southeastern
North Carolina is during October.
However, ryegrass can be success
Shallotte Middle School's art de
partment is asking area businesses
and individuals to save postage
stamps from their incoming mail for
The department is collecting the
stamps through the end of Nov
ember and asks that those willing to
save them tear the whole envelope
comer off with the stamp attached
Stamps should be brought or mailed
to Shallotte Middle School to the at
tention of Ixila Jackson.
The art projects will be part of a
school fundraiser. For more infor
mation, call the school.
E. Harvie Hill. D.D.6., MAD.
providing cure for
children and young adult*
age* 1-21 Mao care for
MEMBER: AMERICAN ACADEMY
Of PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
lOl Village Pine*. AhaHotlf
Bring your child to
the Brunswick Cou
nty Health Dept.
any Thursday in
December for their
of your child with
8:30 am-4:00 pm
fully planted throughout the winter
j if weather conditions are mild.
Ryegrass seedlings can be injured or
killed by freezing temperatures. If
ryegrass is seeded during very cold
j weather, seed will lay dormant on
the soil surface and not germinate
until warm spring temperatures ar
Planting ryegrass too early in the
fall results in an increased incidence
of disease and insect problems. The
absolute best time to plant ryegrass
is 30 days prior to the first hard
frost. The average first hard frost in
southeast North Carolina is usually
during the first two or three weeks
of November, hence my recommen
dation for an October planting date.
Dear Plant Doctor: I am con
cerned about the loss of a sand dune
near my beach cottage. What can I
do to slow or stop the loss of this
dune? Are there any piants you
would recommend that would help?
? Long Beach
ANSWER: Salt spray, shifting
sand, extremes in temperature, low
organic matter, poor soil-water hold
ing ability and lack of essential plant
nutrients make the near-ocean or
oceanfront environment very inhos
pitable to most plants. Sand erosion
on dunes and beachfront is due to
multitude of factors. Research by
Dr. Steve Broome and others have
shown that strategically placed sand
fence, beac'ngrass or oiher adapted
vegetation can dramatically influ
ence dune formation and beach re
Dune renourishment with vegeta
lion is a complex topic and t .-ecom
mend you contact your county
Cooperative Extension Office for
sources of beachgrass and brochures
published by UNC-SeaGrani or iiie
Soil Conservation Service that detail
time, method and care of beachfront
Send your gardening questions or
comments to the Plant Doctor, PG.
Box 109, Bolivia NC 28422. Please
send a self-addressed stamped enve
&>pe if requesting information or a
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