For those of you who participated in the Alabama Nurserymen's Association trade show you are probably also catching up on work that was postponed while preparations were being made for Mobile. For those of you who stopped by to talk or ask questions at our booth it was nice to see all of you and we hope we were able to answer your questions or at least put you in contact with someone who could. For those of you who picked up one of those orange pieces of paper with our web address on Thursday or Friday you already know that the ed should have read edu. Spell check doesn't help much with web or e-mail addresses. Should being more careful have been a New Year's resolution of mine?!
Since this is a short month preceded by a long month of trade show preparations we will have an abbreviated newsletter. In the near future we will be publishing the results of an ongoing crapemyrtle study with lots of photographs on the web (text will be in the newsletter). We are evaluating crapemyrtle relative to their suitability in the landscape, floral characteristics, disease resistance and other factors.
We hope Cupid is kind to you and that our usually mild climate will return to us.
See you in March.
BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF FIRE ANTS
Fire ants are a serious problem in the United States as there do not appear to be natural enemies to combat them. In their native South America there are predators, pathogens and parasites that commonly attack them. In 1997 a USDA-ARS scientist in Gainesville, Florida, was able to import a small fly that attacks fire ants. Studies are being done to ascertain whether the flies would harm native ant species, humans and other organisms.
The fly is from the phorid fly family. In South America the immature feeding stage of the fly lives in the head of the fire ant and eventually eats all of the tissue inside the ant's head until it falls off and then the ant dies. If this fly is found to be effective it would significantly help with the fire ant problem. Currently, Amdro and Logic are registered for specific fire ant locations. The problem is that the treatments do not last very long.
A fire ant biological control demonstration site will be established in Alabama in 1998 or 1999. We will keep you informed of the progress.
(from Kathy Flanders, Extension Entomologist, Auburn University)
This is a useful, well laid out site with practical and commercial information. There are classified ads, plant and supply sources, information on insects and diseases, a listing of associations and a section named "Knowledge Base" which is full of articles on topics that range from Annuals to Wildflowers. Their "Quick Plant Selector" gives information of the hardiness of plants, soil and light requirements, salt tolerance, projected size and a photograph for many cultivars. Business clients pay for a service that lists plants and their availability.
WEB REVIEW: Wildseed Farms
WEB REVIEW: National Wildflower Research Center
WEB REVIEW: Wildflower Links
WEB REVIEW: Wildflowers of Alabama
The 1998 Guide to Virginia Growers, published by the Virginia Nurserymen's Association, lists more than 2,500 varieties of plants grown in Virginia. All sources in the book are members of the Virginia Nurserymen's Association. Plants are listed in alphabetical order by genus, species, and varieties. Growers (firm name and telephone number) who stock these plants are listed below the formal name. Full addresses are listed at the beginning of the guide. For more information about the 1998 Guide to Virginia Growers call 1-800-476-0055; fax: 540-382-2716; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tennessee Nursery Buyer's Guide and Directory is a similar publication. Copies of that directory can be ordered from The Tennessee Nurserymen's Association, Inc., P.O. Box 57, McMinnville, Tennessee 37110; phone: 615-473-3951; fax: 615-473-5883. This guide gives additional information regarding the manner in which plants are shipped - liner, bare root, seedling, balled and burlapped, container, packaged.
These are wonderful resources for landscape professionals and great marketing tools for nursery wholesalers. Unfortunately, Alabama is lagging behind in this area. Hopefully this will be a priority project for us in the near future.
July 3-4, 1998:
American Hemerocallis Society Region 10 (KY, TN) Meeting. Campbell House Inn, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact Dave Bowman at 606-858-3012.
July 12-15, 1998:
95th American Society for Horticultural Science, Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina. Contact ASHS at 703-836-4606; Fax: 703-836-2024; e-mail: email@example.com
August 2-5, 1998:
International Society for Arboriculture Annual Conference, Birmingham, England. Contact ISA at 217-355-9411 or www.ag.uiuc.edu/~isa
October 7-10, 1998:
Eastern Region International Plant Propagators Society Annual Meeting, Toronto Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Contact Margot Bridgen, 26 Woodland Road, Storrs, CT 06268; 860-429-6818; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 9-10, 1998:
Middle Tennessee Nursery Association Trade Show, McMinnville Civic Center, McMinnville, TN. Contact MTNA,Ann Halcomb, Exec.Secr. 615-668-7322; Fax: 615-668-9601; e-mail: MTNA@juno.com
October 18-21, 1998:
Southern Region International Plant Propagators Society, Tulsa, OK. Contact David Morgan, 817-882-4148, SR IPPS, P.O. Box 1868, Ft. Worth, TX 76101.
July 28-31, 1999:
96th American Society for Horticultural Science, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN. Contact ASHA: 703-836- 4606, Fax: 703-836-2024; e-mail: email@example.com
October 3-6, 1999:
Southern Region International Plant Propagators Society, Mobile, AL. Contact David Morgan: 817-882-4148, SR IPPS, P.O. Box 1868, Ft. Worth, TX 76101