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Rahmlow, H. J. (ed.) / Wisconsin horticulture
Vol. XXX (September 1939/July-August 1940)

Wisconsin horticulture, vol. 30, no. 10: June, 1940,   pp. [273]-304

Page 301

More About Vitamin Ba- 
               Its Effect on Plant Life 
                      By James H. Burdett 
T HEI in a j o r topic discussed 
   among flower lovers today is 
 the application of Vitamin Bo to 
 plant life. 
   That as little as one milligram 
 (about what will adhere to the 
 point of a sharp toothpick) will 
 make approximately 20 gallons 
 of solution with which to water 
 plants will give you an estimate 
 of the potency and great econ- 
 omy of this discovery. 
   It is true that Vitamin B, has 
 produced remarkable growth in 
 certain plants normally found to 
 be inherently deficient in this 
 root growth factor, causing them 
 to develop larger and stronger 
 stemmed flowers, but this is not 
 what is really hoped for it. 
 The greatest practical appli- 
 cation is the elimination of root 
 shock in transplanting any size 
 plant from a seedling to a giant 
 oak  or conifer. Transplanting 
 heretofore has a I %v a y s been 
 fraught with a sense of uncer- 
 tainty as to whether or not the 
 transplant will be able to survive 
 the shock of being moved. Thus 
 far, the true plantsman has been 
 most enthused over this phase in 
 the application of the root stimu- 
 lating Vitamin 1, factor. 
 The amateur gardener who 
 prefers to garden from seed will 
 find in Vitamin B, a safeguard 
 against the wilting and loss of 
 seedling transplants when an un- 
 fortunate spell of very devastat- 
 ing hot weather follows the cool 
 evening selected for transplant- 
 ing from the plant box to the 
 open garden. 
 The amateur will be further 
 relieved to learn that Vitamin IX 
 applied in solution to the soil 
 under Camellias and other no- 
toriously poor rooters will stimu- 
late root development rather re- 
niarkably and result in better top 
   The translplanting of trees and 
   shrubs, it is hoped, will no long- 
   er present a prolblem, for experi- 
 iiientation at this time points to 
 the fact that where the roots are 
 iiilinediately soaked with Vita- 
 miin ]B solution after being dis- 
 turbed, the shock of translplant- 
 ing is minimized, and possibility 
 iof loss greatly reduced. A great 
 deal of exl)erimental work has 
 to be done in order to determine 
 the efficacy of the solution oii the 
 mainy families of plants. 
   .\t first blush, it is (fluite pos- 
 sible to gain the impression that 
 Vitamin 13B applied in weak solu- 
 lion to the roots of plants causes 
 marked improvement iii the same 
 manner that fertilizer does and 
 that it supplants the available 
 plant food elements of fertilizers. 
 This is a mistaken impression. 
 Vitamin Bo produces root growth, 
 and indirectly makes it possible 
 for the plant with the better root 
 system  to take more nourish- 
 ment and drink and thus produce 
 a more vigorous, healthy top 
 with flowers of better quality. 
   Reports of further experiments 
 with Vitamin B, will be watched 
 by all lovers of plants with deep 
   From Garden Glories. 
T   II I Maine (;arden cill Nmb.ei- 
    hlers became disgusted with 
the methods used to control bill- 
boa (Is, and are using stickers 
which are causing consideralble 
ecomllent, wherever they 11av-c 
been seen. One reads. "Come to 
Mlaine and Admire Billboards" 
and the other reads, "Come to 
Maine and See our Automobile 
Junk Yards." 
-From Iowa Garden Club News 
         THE GARDEN 
 T HE State Entomologist gives 
     us the following method for 
 the control of ants in the garden: 
   "A safe and very effective poi- 
 son for ants has been recently 
 develohed consisting of brown 
 sngar and Paris green. An ounce 
 Pf I aris green is mixed in the dry 
 flom, with a potnd of brown 
 sugar (n(t granulated) and this 
 dry mixture is thinly sprinkled 
 ibout the lawn and garden where 
 the ants are troublesome. Used 
 as recommended this poison can 
 he safely employed and the ants 
 will collect the small poisoned 
 paarticles of sugar and carry them 
 hack to their nest where the 
 young brood as well as the adult 
 ants will be poisoned b)y feeding 
 upon it. For small amounts   2 
 teaspoonful of Paris green can 
 lbe mixed with 8 teaspoonfuls on 
 a sheet of paper. The poison 
 should be mixed as needed, or 
 stored out of reach of children 
 and irresponsible persons." 
   Editor's note: The editor has 
 for the past four years dusted 
 ant hills in his garden and lawn 
 with rotenone dust. After one or 
 two dustings the ants seemed to 
 disappear in about a week's time. 
 Very large hills, however, were 
 dusted over a period of two or 
 three weeks. We suggest that 
 our members try this method as 
 many have rotenone dust avail- 
 a 1)1 e. 
1T1     Freeport Garden Club, 
   Freeport, Illinois, announces 
open house and garden tour, Sat- 
urday and Sunday, June 8-9. It 
will be a very interesting tour. 
  On Sunday, June 9th, at 2:30 
p.m. Prof. A. 1). Saunders, Clin- 
ton, New York, will give an il- 
lustrated lecture on peonies. Ad- 
mission to both tour and lecture 
will he 50c each. 
June, 1940 

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