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Re: Beautiful day, but...

  • To: gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: Re: [CHAT] Beautiful day, but...
  • From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center" 4042N15@nationalhearing.com
  • Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2005 16:06:38 -0600
  • References: <3842398.1130525453307.JavaMail.root@sniper32>

What a shame, Jim.  But I think it's better to grow something that isn't a
constant battle.
something in my yard is always eating every columbine, completely removes
the leaves.  I never minded all the leaf miners as they didn't defoliate,
just marred the leaves.  but whatever is doing this I never see it, so I
don't know what is doing it and therefore can't fight it. so I'm just going
to grow something else.  I realize a columbine is no comparison to a Sago
Palm, but it looks like it's time for you to grow something else, too.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
To: "Garden Chat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, October 28, 2005 12:50 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Beautiful day, but...

> Gorgeous day! Sunny, not humid, temps in mid to high 70s. Spent some
> time gathering giant bird of paradise seeds and doing some general
> pruning out dead stuff. It's a good time of year to do major clean up;
> the growth rate of most plants has down-shifted so I don't have to
> worry about doing permanent damage. But...
> the sad news is our big, beautiful queen sago is going down. Asian
> scale, which snuck into Miami International from Thailand in 1998 and
> is now as wide-spread as Texas and California, nailed it a couple of
> years ago. We fought it and fought it, but this year it came back
> gangbusters. No more life support. You wouldn't believe how thick the
> scale is this year--it looks like snow and leave a sticky yellow mess
> on your gloves whenever you grasp the fronds to cut them off. I don't
> know what's to done about it. The good news--if there is good news--is
> that the scale seems specific to the Cycas species [goodbye king and
> queen sagos], but doesn't appear to attack other cycads; we have
> various Dioons, Zamias, and Encephalartoses close enough to be
> infected, but none have been [small favors].
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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