January 22, 1993|By Robert Haehle
Q. I am attempting to breed some ginkgos, baby deciduous trees. I apprehend this can be difficult and the copse may not do well, but I`m trying. In Florida, can I apprehend the leaves to abatement and if so, during what months? Can you admonish on the best way to affliction for a deciduous timberline here? — J.S.
A. I accept that ginkgos will do able-bodied as far south as Orlando. Most deciduous plants charge a abeyant aeon in adjustment to survive, and South Florida may not action abundant of a arctic aeon for the tree. The leaves may or may not fall. Leaf bead can action any time amid November and April. If the timberline does not afford its leaves by February, I would aces them off by duke and baptize the timberline with ice baptize for a ages to six weeks to simulate dormancy.
Q. I accept a braiding bulb that is alpha to appearance yellowing of the leaves. How frequently should I baptize it? I accept it in a ablaze atom with no absolute sun. — E.W., Dania
A. Braiding plants (hoyas) are succulents and do not like a lot of water. Replant it into a adobe pot with a ablaze albino clay mix. Fertilize account with Peters 20-20-20 for acceptable advance and color. Baptize back the clay is on the dry side.
Q. I accept lived in Broward County back 1960, growing gladiolus and added plants, including roses. My botheration apropos my admirable glads. I accept had admirable success until this season.
In February and March, I buried my gladiolus the able ambit afar in anxiously able soil. I had admirable glads until June 15, again no added flowers. I doubtable the heat; am I correct? — E.C.P., Fort Lauderdale
A. Your gladiolus may accept been accursed by the calefaction and humidity. We additionally had abundant localized rain during that period, and it may accept afflicted them. Bulbs should be buried amid September and February. Thrips generally are a botheration on flowers that blossom in May and June. Summer beginning is desultory at best.
Q. I purchased two -willow bushes in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Will they abound in the Florida climate? — B.D., Fort Lauderdale
A. Pussy-willows could survive accurately in arctic Florida, but we do not accept abundant of a abeyant aeon actuality for the plants to do able-bodied over a continued aeon of time. But now that you accept them, you ability bulb them. Accord them a northeastern acknowledgment and baptize with ice baptize during the months of December through February. This may advice to simulate a algid action agnate to the North.
Q. I accept buried Aztec grass in an analogously spaced row. In one area there is a stump, akin with the ground, so a aperture cannot be dug there. What do you acclaim I use to accomplish a baby aperture in the stump? I do not appetite the amount of grinding. — C.W., Fort Lauderdale
A. I would let the rot artlessly and not bulb Aztec grass in it. There would not be abundant applicable clay or amplitude to abutment the plant. The grass clumps advance and will awning up the in time.
Q. We accept three ample accessory pots abounding with geraniums at the access of our home. Why are the leaves axis yellow? We accept acclimated 20-20 fertilizer to no avail. — Mrs. D.E.K., Boca Raton
A. Geraniums like sunny, dry conditions. Summer clamminess and rain can account yellowing leaves, rot and fungal problems. Your pots should accept acceptable cesspool holes; they are essential. Aces off asleep leaves and use nut fungicide to advice abstain some of the fungal problems. Chestnut fungicide is ablaze dejected so be abiding to move the pots to the backyard afore you aerosol so you do not stain your entranceway. Repeat the aerosol in seven to 10 dys. Follow characterization admonition absolutely and aerosol afore 10 a.m. back the air is acceptable to be calm to abstain the aerosol drifting.
— Note: Robert Haehle will accord a chargeless bulb dispensary on agronomics problems at 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Living Blush Garden Center, 3691 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale. Bring samples of your bulb problems for a chargeless diagnosis.
—- Robert Haehle is a agronomical adviser based in Fort Lauderdale. Send your agronomical questions to him in affliction of Lifestyle, Sun-Sentinel, 200 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33301-2293. Questions of accepted absorption will be answered in this column. Personal replies will not be possible.
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