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Problem & Solution
September/October 2015

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Sick Avocado
Problem: I purchased a couple of avocado trees from Houston’s Urban Harvest back in January and kept them protected until it was time to plant them. A couple of weeks ago I planted one and, given all the rain and wind at times we have had (we got hail over the weekend), I did not plant the second one yet. However, I am noticing that the one I planted does not seem to be doing very well and the one in the pot is getting some yellowing in its leaves. I live in Pearland and, as I mentioned, we have had lots of wind and rain, and not too many hot days yet.

Nuri Nuri
Pearland


Solution: Probably, as you suspect, a result of the cool, wet weather. Plant roots need oxygen as well as moisture and that looks like what may be going on with the one that has already been planted. You should pull back any mulch that has been applied until it dries out some. It would be beneficial if you could improve the drainage before you plant the other one. You can do that by building a raised bed or simply mounding the soil into a small hill, then planting the tree in the center of the mound.

‘Orange Frost’ Source
Problem: Could you please tell me where I can purchase an ‘Orange Frost’ hybrid cross between Satsuma and tangerine, as featured on page 23 of your current issue. I am especially interested in one to grow on my deck in a container.

Don Whitney
E-mail

Solution: Greenleaf Nursery in El Campo has the exclusive rights to propagate and sell this citrus variety. However, they are a wholesale grower that sells only to retail nurseries and garden centers. If your local nursery does not carry ‘Orange Frost’, ask them to order some for you. You can also find sources for ‘Orange Frost’ and other Texas Superstars at www.texassuperstar.com.

Sources, Please!
Problem: I was disappointed to see a four-page spread — “Strawberry Fields Forever” and especially in “Tips for Texas Strawberries” — without a single mention as to whether they were June-bearers or everbearing and not a word on variety. Of course, it was evident that the article was for the commercial grower and not particularly for the home gardener!

H N Mercer
Round Top


Solution: Here’s the description of each variety we tested: ‘Albion’: day neutral = everbearing; ‘Cardinal’: June-bearer (mid-season); ‘Camarosa’: early mid-season (June-bearer); ‘Chandler’: early mid-season (June-bearer); ‘Benicia’: June bearer; ‘Camino Real’: early mid-season short day (June bearer); ‘San Andreas’: everbearing; ‘Festival’: early mid-season short day variety (June bearer)

We obtained ours from Jim Goodson in Damascus, Ark., with G&W Nurseries (http://goodsonfarmandnursery.com/). In Texas, there are many sources, including Caldwell Nursery in Rosenberg (http://caldwellhort.com/html/berries.html); Bob Wells Nursery in Lindale (www.bobwellsnursery.com). — Joe Mansabni

Lignite Mining Photo
Problem: I’ve saved my magazines and was reading the July/August 2008 issue and wonder if you could tell me the significance of the photo of the lignite coal to the story on page 45? I recently passed by that mine and was curious.

Leslie Dosdall
San Angelo


Solution: Lignite mining clear-cuts the forest before mining operations begin, eliminating all previous wildlife there. If we can’t prevent deforestation and massive land-clearing, we can at least replant and reforest to control erosion, cool the air, beautify, produce oxygen and recapture the carbon from burning the lignite. The ultimate goal should be to learn to use the sunlight for energy like plants do instead of digging up millions of years of old plants and inefficiently getting the energy back. Without the earth covered with plants, humans wouldn’t be able to live here. I cringe when I see entire forests or ecosystems removed. — Greg Grant, contributing editor.