October 30, 2009|ROBERT HAEHLE Garden Columnist
I accept a ‘Simmonds’ avocado purchased about four to six years ago. It is advantageous and I beget the timberline on a approved basis. I accept gotten six avocados back I buried the timberline and they were on the lower branches. I afresh removed the lower branches. I had 10 fruits this year but they fell off afore maturing. I heard that the timberline will aftermath bake-apple if stressed, like hitting the block with a alternation or 2×4. Is this true? – Bob Adrian, Deerfield Beach
Some of the West Indian islanders affirmation that smacking the timberline with a besom and talking bad to the timberline will access fruiting results. It may advice but could abuse the trunk. The ‘Simmonds’ is a West Indian avocado. It’s a morning bloomer and can aftermath abundant crops of fruit. Pollination is best accomplished if afternoon blooming copse like ‘Hall,’ ‘Pollock’ or ‘Booth 8’ are planted. This would access bake-apple crop immensely.
My hibiscus plants are advantageous except for annual bud drop. The annual buds never accessible and arise to be cut off. What is causing this problem? – Bernice Ehrensall, Boca Raton
I doubtable that thrips are causing the problem. I apprehension that my flowers bead off during the summer but annual back the dry division begins. The thrips are agriculture central the flowers. Bayer’s Timberline and Shrub Affliction clay deluge should bright up the problem. This artefact can aftermost for 8-12 months and should be watered about the bulb afterward characterization admonition exactly.
My advanced bushes accept amber leaves. The gardeners do not apperceive what the botheration is. I see tiny flies about the plants. Enclosed are leaves for you to attending at. – Sandra Rubin, Delray Beach
The leaves attending like they are from ‘Nora Grant’ Ixora. The botheration could be whitefly, which is a sucking insect, or it may aloof be nutritional. I would beget the plants with approach fertilizer this month, which should advance growth. Whitefly are usually taken affliction of by nature.
We accept 1- to 2-inch continued centipedes in our yard. The citizenry has developed back I aboriginal noticed them some years ago. They are amber and abrupt and crisis back I footfall on them. I awoke the added night with a afire awareness on my arm. I angry on the ablaze and begin a centipede on my arm. Two weeks after I still accept a amber outline of the centipede anatomy on my skin. What can I do about this problem? – Steve Coleman, Fort Lauderdale
Millipedes are accepted in Florida and usually appear to the apparent back the altitude are actual wet in the lawn. They will go to college arena and may ascend walls, access houses or go anywhere aloft the water. Irrigation systems acclimated during the summer generally account invasions. We accept had wet acclimate until recently, and they may accept appear up due to the aggregate of abundant rain and irrigation acclimated together. Tropical millipedes could account the afire awareness you received. I would booty samples to the Cooperative Addendum Office in Davie (954-370-3725) for identification by the addendum abettor on duty. Yours could be an alien breed and entomologists would like to apperceive about it.
What can I use to rid my backyard of garden frogs? Nobody has any solutions. – Cheryl Newman, Boca Raton
The garden frogs you are talking about are apparently the bufo toad. These toads get absolutely ample and do some acceptable by bistro lots of insects and bugs. They alone are alive in the wet division and will couch underground for the dry division from mid-October to backward May. The big disadvantage is that they are poisonous. There is no actinic ascendancy accessible but abounding bodies aloof annihilate them back they see the toads.
Can you acquaint me if the timberline in the photo is acceptable on not? It is 5 anxiety alpine and has a angular trunk. It produces baby chicken flowers and pods. The amplitude is acceptable for a baby timberline like a tabebuia if the timberline is good. ? – B.E. Miller, Boynton Beach
The timberline is Senna, aforetime alleged Cassia. It is a baby agriculturalist to 10-15 anxiety in acme and needs abounding sun and acceptable drainage. The bulb needs a cloistral atom as wind can draft it over. This is a acceptable baby timberline in the appropriate spot.
I purchased a ‘Miineola’ tangelo and the timberline is about 12 by 12 anxiety in size. It produced bake-apple this year but it is agreeable from top to bottom, the bark is adamantine and leathery, and the close bake-apple is aggravating to mature. Some leaves are chewed and some bake-apple has aberrant marks on the skin. What is wrong? – Rita Schwartz, Boca Raton
Splitting bake-apple usually indicates balance water. We had a actual wet summer and western areas of the counties can get as abundant as 15 inches added rain than littoral sections. If your timberline is irrigated, that would aggravate the problem. Copse accepting balance baptize advance bottom rot and can eventually die. Copse should be watered no added than every two weeks in western sections during the dry season. Chewed leaves announce thrips, and marks on the bake-apple usually announce mites which alone account apparent corrective damage.
Write Robert Haehle, Home section, Sun Sentinel, 200 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL. 33301-2293 or e-mail [email protected] Include name, abode and phone. Photos appropriate for bulb identification and cannot be returned.
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