Okay, here's a picture of something nifty. I know
they're not in bloom yet, but the greens are healthy!
I have AZ AP here planted next to a rose.
Spring is coming full-swing, so I took the winter-protecting rose cones off
the roses and pushed the mulch aside.
The "mulch" is composted cow manure. I have
always been warned about using "cow manure" on iris, since it's too hot for
them. But as a certified organic dairy farm, we've always
composted our cow manure. This is a mix of the cattle waste and
straw, along with a controlled amount of sawdust that we use for
bedding. The composting process on our farm lasts a full summer season,
about 4 months. (stop laughing! I know it's not that long of a
Yesterday I felt the mulch was too close to this
really vigorous clump of AZ AP, so I brushed some aside. Then I saw all the iris
roots growing out of the soil line, and into the compost (mulch.)! You
can't tell from my photo, but the roots are above the soil line about 1/8 inch,
and were growing up into the compost. I guess the iris was
desperate for some nutrients! :-) It's the healthiest IB iris in
this bed, possibly due to the compost? This clump of AZ AP
has been in this bed for about 5 or 6 years! A clump photo is
also posted with this e-mail, so you can see how well it multiplied. Last
year it only had 4 stalks!!!
President -- Mio Iriarians
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