QUESTION : I want to start using Diakon Radishes
as a cover crop on 2 !/2 acres at a time. All I can find
are garden (packet) lots.
ANSWER Cyberseeds which is located in San Antonio
has several varieties of daikon radish seed for sale in
bulk quantities. They have on line ordering from this web
QUESTION : My father has a small farm that currently
is producing coastal hay. He has heard of matua grass and
is interested. I am having a hard time referencing it. Any
type of direction would be appreciated. I have verified
its existence with a plant ecologist.
ANSWER : Matua is a cool season perennial grass that
is closely related to a native cool season grass called
Rescue Grass. They are both Brome grasses. Matua arrived
in America and is grown principally in the cooler climates.
There is a man in Kerrville who has some, but it is being
grown under center pivot irrigation -- to provide summer
moisture -- to prevent it from dying in our heat ( some
of has died anyway). It does better in the cooler climates,
Lubbock and north. If you want a reseeding winter forage,
may I suggest annual ryegrass. It produces VERY high quality
forage from Nov. through May. It can be purchased locally
and has the same agronomic characteristics as winter wheat
or oats. Seeding rate is about 25 pounds of seed per acre.
In May, do not graze it to the ground and it will come up
in the fall with a light disking. Of course, proper fertilization
will help it produce to its potential. If you have additional
questions, please call me Charles Stichler (Extension Agronomist
in Uvalde) -- 830-278-9151
QUESTION :We have a Norfolk Pine that we have had
since it was about 18" tall. It is now some 12 years
later about 8 feet tall. We have always had in the house
but this past summer we put it in the yard (shady spot)
and it grew about 2 feet and has a wing span of about 5
feet. It got too big for its spot in the house. Can it survive
our winters in a large clay pot?
ANSWER :The Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria heterophylla)
can survive San Antonio winters in a large clay pot so long
as you bring it into a protected location any time the temperature
is forecast to go below freezing. Since our weathermen rarely
come within /- 10 degrees of the actual temperature, that
is going to keep you running. The tree is a tropical that
cannot withstand freezing temperatures.
QUESTION : I'm thinking of planting some Oleanders
as a screen between my yard and my neighbors yard. Would
this make a good screen plant and if so what variety would
ANSWER :Oleanders are great plants and would make
a good screening hedge. There are a couple of things that
you should be aware of though before you make your decision.
First, all parts of the oleander are extremely poisonous.
However, they are also extremely bitter so nothing will
eat them. The other thing is that they are not completely
cold hardy here in San Antonio and are subject to freezing
to the ground periodically when we have hard freezes. When
this happens they will normally return from their roots.
Neither of these things would preclude me from planting
oleanders. The variety I would recommend in one named 'Hardy
Pink'. This variety has more cold hardiness than the others.
QUESTION : I have been trying to find information
concerning the planting of olive trees for small scale oil
production on my land in Refugio County. In particular,
what varieties are appropriate, where can they be bought,
what soil conditions are needed, and how should they be
planted? The only plants I have found are from California
(Frantolo, Leccino, Maurino, and Pendolino) and are priced
at $14 apiece. Our county extension agent is unfamiliar
with olives and suggested your Website as a possible help.
Corpus Christi, Texas
ANSWER :The following Plantanswers web site will
give you most of the information you are looking for.
However, keep in mind that olives are still a very risky
venture in Texas. It is not so much that they can't take
the cold, it is that they start to become active when the
temperatures warm up in February and then get froze when
the temperatures drop again in March or April.