Friday, February 12, 2016
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search

Preview the Paper Preview the Paper

Preview this week's Paper
A limited number of pages are displayed in this preview.
Preview this Week’s Issue ›
Subscribe Today ›

Lost & Found

*Includes FREE photo online!
Lost: Female German Shepherd, about 2 years old, pink collar, lost from Hickory Hill/Great Oaks Subdivisions off FM 539, La Vernia, on Thurs., Feb. 4. Reward! 830-947-3465.
Bear, please come home! Missing since October 22, 2014, black Manx cat (no tail), shy. Reward! Help him find his way home. 210-635-7560.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Seeking individual to work in a local child-care center, paid holidays, etc., must be high school grad or GED. Apply in person at Cubs Country Childcare, 212 FM 1346 in La Vernia.
Wilson Community Health Center, Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer, Floresville, Texas. The following full-time positions are available: Clinic Supervisor (LVN license required), LVN, and Client Support Representative - Medical Front Office. View qualifications at Send resume to: Human Resources at or fax to 830-569-8320.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos

Video Vault ›
You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.

Agriculture Today

‘Gold Star’ esperanza lives up to name

E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story

South Texas Gardener
June 27, 2012 | 3,787 views | Post a comment

Q. Why does my esperanza only bloom in the fall and with a few small blooms? I am comparing it to my neighbor’s yard; his esperanza is blooming now all across the plant even though it is only 3-1/2 feet tall. Both plants are in full sun. My plant is 5 feet tall. Am I watering and fertilizing it too much?

A. Esperanza does not need much fertilizer or water but I bet the cause of the difference in bloom is due to a difference in selection. Your neighbor probably has “Gold Star” esperanza and you have the unimproved version. “Gold Star” is a blooming machine!

Q. What did I do wrong? My Warren pear tree is showing symptoms of chlorosis. I purchased a chelated iron product and applied it to the soil. All the leaves have fallen off the pear. Did I kill it?

A. The pear tree will probably releaf. It is hard to know what happened for sure but I suspect that the salt action of the iron treatment caused the defoliation. Iron treatments often rely on salt compounds to carry the iron. If you add more treatment than recommended or add it to dry soil, it is common to get the reaction you describe. Soak the soil to dilute the salt. This will work unless the soil is poorly drained.

Q. When should I fertilize my new Bermuda lawn? We put it down in April.

A. You could fertilize a new Bermuda lawn as soon as the roots are adequately developed into the soil, but the safest advice is to wait until our normal fall fertilization target of Oct. 1.

Q. What are the weeds that have small white flowers that produce a tiny clingy seed that is terrible to remove from dog coats? How can we avoid it in the future?

A. It sounds like you are describing “beggar’s lice.” The weed is one of the winter annuals that prospered in the conditions of bare soil and spring rains that existed. You can prevent it by using a pre-emergent herbicide about March 1. Check the label of Portrait to see if it lists “beggar’s lice.”

Q. How often do I need to empty and clean my hummingbird feeders? My neighbor says twice per week but that seems extreme to me.

A. I rinse and refill my feeders once per week or whenever they run out of sugar water, whichever happens first. Once per month I use a bottlebrush to give a more thorough cleaning. The hummingbirds in my neighborhood seem to thrive with this regime.

Calvin Finch is a horticulturist and the San Antonio Water System’s director of water resources. Hear him on “Gardening South Texas” on KLUP 930 AM radio Saturdays noon to 2 p.m., and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. Or, email him at

Your Opinions and Comments

Be the first to comment on this story!

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

Agriculture Today Archives

Coupons ag-right
Voncille Bielefeld homeEast Central Driving SchoolTriple R DC ExpertsHeavenly Touch homeAllstate & McBride Realty

  Copyright © 2007-2016 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.