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  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] BELVI QUEEN
  • From: "Bonnie Rose" iris@syix.com
  • Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2003 08:04:38 -0700

Hi Donald,
I am having field mice damage for the first time ever and boy can they do
the damage................don't know why one iris will taste better then the
other but they seem to like some all the way to the ground!!!
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Donald Eaves" <donald@eastland.net>
To: <iris-photos@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Saturday, August 23, 2003 7:25 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] BELVI QUEEN

> Just another example of 'hopper damage.  Many of the dead leaves are dead
> due to chewing on the lower parts and retain enough green they aren't
> to turn loose of the rhizome.  Makes for a mess, but it only serves to
> the 'hoppers access to fresh plant material if they are removed.  There
> some rhizomes here and there where the top has been cut at or near ground
> level.  The AB dormancy has the advantage of protecting them from being
> 'hopper food provided the dormancy sets in before the numbers of 'hoppers
> build up to unmanageable numbers.  'Hoppers eat green foliage until it's
> gone.  After that most anything is chewable - window screens, mortar,
> growth, dead debris.  They tend to thin out rapidly when too much green
> been eaten.  It's not fun to attempt to grow seedlings with 'hoppers
> A mature grasshopper and completely eliminate a 3-4 inch seedling in a
> couple of hours time.
> Donald Eaves
> donald@eastland.net
> Texas Zone 8, USA
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