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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, December 01, 1994, Page PAGE 9-B, Image 19

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Japenese Persimmons Sometimes Have Seasonal Pollination Problems Dear Plant Doctor: I have been growing Japanese persimmons for many years but have never had such rotten luck until this year. Fruit set on my trees was excellent but all the oro Kmiiin tkn . 1 Iiuil ui V uiunu oil liav SuSiuv dllU dp* pear to be prematurely rotting. I have never had a disease or insect problem with my persimmons until now. Can you help diagnose the problem? I have sent some of the fruit to your office. ? Southport ANSWER: The Japanese persim mon (Diospyros Kaki ) is a tasty peach-sized fruit in the tropical Ebonywood family that is native to China. Japanese persimmon was in troduced in the United States more than 125 years ago. The fruit is such a delicacy that some consider it to be the national fruit of Japan Our native persimmon (Diospyros virginiana ) is a poor second in fruit quality when compared to the culti vated Japanese varieties. The dense hardwood of the American persim mon produced fine golf club heads, but the fruit is best consumed by opossums. Most cultivated types of persimmon can be grafted or budded to the native American wild types. The problem with your fruit is most unique. I sent the fruit samples to the Plant Disease and Insect Clinic ai Norih Caiuiina Siaic University and Dr Mike Parker filed this reply: "The flesh discoloration of per simmon is the result of the seeds that were formed There arc two types of persimmons, astringent and nonastringent. depending on how the flesh colors after pollination. The two types are pollination con stant or pollination variant In polli nation constant varieties the flesh is clear after pollination. In pollination variant types the flesh changes to a reddish brown when seeds arc pre sent. However, if no seeds arc formed in the pollination variant types, then the flesh is clear and browning does not occur. If only one seed is formed in the pollination variant types, then the flesh will generally be dark around the one seed and clear throughout the rest. It must be stressed that it is not the pollination that causcs the discol oration. but the formation of the seeds. Some varieties of persim mons will not torm seeds, even if pollinated. And if pollination variant persimmons are pollinated, but no seeds are formed, then the fruit will have clear flesh " In other words, your persimmon has a pollination problem. The brown flesh is not diseased and re mains edible ? just unappealing. Dear Plant Doctor: How can we get rid of tiny red ants in our rock garden and brick flower bed border? We have sprayed Black Rag and Sevin to no avail. They arc making Holden Beach Party Set For December 8 Holden Beach residents and property owners will gather at their annual Christmas party on Thursday, Dec. 8, beginning at 7 p.m. at Capt. Willie's Restaurant. Participants should bring their own beverage. $3 per person will be charged for set-ups. Organ izers are asking that participants bring finger food. For information, call Gay At kins, 842-4939; Pat Sandifer, 842-6485; or Barbara Lowell, 842-7380. Supply School Needs Plants For Projects Supply Elementary School is seeking donation? of spare plants, shrubs and trees for its beautifica tion and nature trail projects. Homeowners, commercial land scapes and greenhouse operators may deliver their donations to the school or call 842-9974 to arrange for pick-up. "All donations will be greatly ap preciated," said Principal Carolyn Williams. Shallotte Middle School PTA Meets Tuesday, Dec. 6 Members of the new Brunswick County Board of Education will be on hand to introduce themselves and answer questions when the Shallotte Middle School PTA meets Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. The PTA will also discuss and vote on the 1994-95 PTA budget. Each item will be up for discussion. THE PLANT DOCTOR C. BRUCE WILLIAMS Extension Area Turf Specialist piles of sandy dirt that has covcred and killed some of our newly plant ed violets and dwarf snapdragons. We pull the "ant dirt" out of the gar den, spray, and in a day or two have piles of "ant dirt" back. HELP. ? Favetteville ANSWER: Your best bet for con trolling those pesky little red ants would be to use granular chlorpyri fos (Dursban 0.5G) or diazinon (Spcctracidc 2G to 5G). Follow all label directions and instructions. Several applicatioas may be re quired throughout the growing sea son. D?ar Plant Doctor: I recently ate some Thai food that was flavored with lemongrass. Is it possible to ? i rku/m it e a i c ukiS/ icv/w ? wnh_k_ Fri. and Sat., Dec. 9-10 Up to 50% -60% off vinyl and in-stock carpet good selection SEASIDE CARPETS Discount on all Dee- She Dolls 579-7592 Watch next week's Beacon for details grow lemongrass in this pari of (he country? Where can 1 get some seed? ? Wilmington ANSWER: Mmmmmm gooood! Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus ) is an edible perennial tropical grass herb that grows in large clumps that will reach 6 feet in height and pro duces pleasant lemon-scented leaves. Cymbopogon nardus is a nearly identical grassy cousin that is the main source of commercial cit ronella oil (of mosquito candle fame!). Plants can be easily grown from tillers or divisions. Plant in a rich well ? rained soil in full sun. Lemongrass requires moderate fer tilization throughout the growing season. Most growers fertilize lemongrass at the same rate as sweet corn. Lemongrass is very sensitive to winter kill and frost damage. Harvest, dig and pot tillers of lemongrass several weeks before the first hard frost. Place the potted plants in a sunny window and light ly water until danger of frost has passed in the spring, then replant. Most serious herb growers stock this plant. 1 checked with Meg Shelton at Shelton Herb Farm, Leland, and she assured me supplies will be available next spring in time for planting. I am sending you a publication on the care and culture of lemongrass. Send your gardening questions and comments to the Plant Doctor, P.O. Box 109, Bolivia NC 28422. Send a self-addressed stamped enve lope if requesting an answer or in formation. This ad is even smaller because these 25th Anniversary sweatshirts are going so fast! Still available at: L Bookworm Holden Beach Enterprises ?/A Holden Beach Properties - - w The Lighthouse Or send *S18 plus S3. 50 postage and handling to: L Bookworm 3004 Holden Beach Rd.. Holden Beach. NC 28462 ?add S2.00 for XXL size Make checks payable to: GHBMA Call 842-7380 for more information C^W4 THE BRUNSWICK BEACON 1 K.-aa" * Wm i . r i PHOTO CONTRIBUTED Celebrating Book Week Storytellers Carolynn and Dyion Skipper of Leland fascinate Sup ply Elementary students during National Children's Rook Week (Nov. 14-18) with their tales of a one-eyed robber, a rooster that found a diamond button and a stinky cheese man. Nearly 150 stu dents aiso dressed as their favorite storybook personalities for a " character parade." Some gave short talks about their books that were shared later with other students on videotape. ! Prime Rib Dinner For Two with all the trimmings s1595 with coupon Good Nov. 30-Dec. 6 A. Betty's jA Waterfront Restaurant On the waterway at Holden Beach 842-3381 Del monte a"1NUAKU F?R SUPERMAKKE, EXCELLENCE lways ^VAPORATE^ Milk * WlAMN 0 ACOfO & ~-H& ? ?> '?fl 0Z U&4mU ^ New Winter Store Hours: 8 AM-8PM SUN.-THURS. 8 AM-9 PM FRI.&SAT. We accept Food Stamps KRAFT

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