A lot of very nice vegetable and flower varieties are listed in the 1980 seed catalogues. One of the features of many of the new varieties is they can be grown in pots outdoors and indoors and in window boxes. The catalogues are sent free on request. BURPEE SEED CO., Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901, has four new vegetable and ten new flower varieties. This includes Bush Champion cucumber, which can be grown in pots 12 inches wide and deep and on a sunny patio, porch or rooftop; Burpee's Butter Boy Hybrid squash, which takes up only one-third the usual space and can be stored for a long time at 45 degrees to 55 degrees f.; and Candystock II Hybrid sweet corn, which can be frozen whole and enjoyed during the winter. Burpee's new flower varieties are versatile, colorful and attractive for many different garden uses. All are easy to grow and nice to pick for bouquets. PARK SEED CO., Greenwood, South Carolina 19647, has five new vegetable and six new flower varieties. This includes Lettuce Crispy Sweet, easy-to-grow, sweet, prolific leaf lettuce with many of the fine qualities of a butterhead type; Cantaloupe Pineapple Hybrid, with five-pound melons with a pineapple flavor and mild aroma, which ripen in 85 days; Peanut Park's Whopper, with very large kernels, sweet and delicious raw, boiled or roasted; and Watermelon Seedless Sweet Hybrid, which bears eight-pound melons, higher in sugar and lower in fiber, all season long. Park's new flower varieties include Salvia Hotline, which forms a low mat of rich contrasting color that lasts all season; Pardancanda norrisii, a completely new flower that took three plant breeders 40 years to create; and Lily Promise, a yellow lily with clearest color six-inch flowers with lime-green centers. HARRIS VEGETABLE & FLOWER SEEDS, Moreton Farm, Rochester, New York 14624, has several new vegetable and flower varieties including Warrior Hybrid beet, vigorous, quick-growing, with deep smooth color, deliciously sweet and tender; Knight peas, which provide abundant early yields of big, well-filled pods and have valuable disease resistance; and Zucchini Elite summer squash, with delicate flavor, which produces abundantly all season if you keep it picked.
Seeds of the 1980 All-America award-winners are also listed in all of the catalogues, as are such favorities as Sugar Snap peas, a 1979 All-America Gold Medal winner, incredibly sweet and delicious; Silver Queen sweet corn, Better Boy tomato, Salad Bowl lettuce, Ruby Queen beet, Jade Cross brussels sprouts and Cherry Belle radish. Q: My poinsettia is losing some of its leaves. What could be wrong? It gets good light and I give it a cup of water every day. A: Probably the poinsettia is not getting enough water. A cup of water won't go far in the 4 to 4 inch pot in which it grows. When you water, use room temperature water, pour it on until it comes out the drainage hole at the bottom, wait 15 minutes and then empty the saucer. You need to wet the entire soil mass in the pot. If there is no drainage hole and water accumulates in the pot, the roots will be seriously damaged. Q: Our wisteria is taking over the place. When is the best time to prune it? A: Two kinds of wisteria are generally seen: Chinese and Japanese. The blooms of the Chinese open before leaves appear. The Chinese wisteria often blooms during the summer, the Japanese does not. The best time to prune the Chinese wisteria is in the spring after it finishes blooming. Most kinds of Japanese wisteria do not bloom well after heavy pruning and are suitable only for situations where they have room to grow freely. Q: In my back yard there is a five-year-old Aucuba. It blooms, but bears no berries. Why? A: The Aucuba plant is either male or female; both bloom but only the female bears berries, and then only if there is a male plant nearby to provide pollen. Find out whether your Aucuba is male or female and get it a girl friend or a boy friend, whichever is needed.