Blackwelder column: Beware of heat and crown wilt

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 29, 2012

SALISBURY — Excessive heat predicted for the weekend increases water stress on many plants and in some instances increases disease and insect pressure. With the impending hot weather, it is important not to overwater wilted plants. Some plants that normally withstand hot weather will wilt with sudden temperature spikes. Be sure to check the soil or media before watering wilted plants. Below are a few questions Cooperative Extension has received over the past few days.
Q: I have noticed many fields and some lawns are covered with a tall, yellow flower. They are beautiful and in full bloom now. They seem to be all over the county. Do you know what these plants may be? Read Darrell Blackwelder’s answers on