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{Disarmed} Re: Opinions Please?

  • Subject: {Disarmed} Re: [iris-photos] Opinions Please?
  • From: Autmirislvr@aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 12:17:14 EDT

Linda, I've ordered from a wide variety of suppliers and believe it or not . . . I've received worse through the past 25 years!  Might have helped some that I received a box of rhizomes my first year (1982) that looked like onion sets!  Honest!  And they arrived during the Thanksgiving holiday while I was out of town!  When contacted, the company said they shipped when THEY thought was a good time to plant IN MY AREA!  LOL!   Not an iris specialist.  But they lived and bloomed. 
A club member reported receiving a large shipment from CA this week.  The fans were all brown and dead.  Most irises only had one green blade left in the center of the fan!  Some club members speculated that the shipping company had probably left them sitting on a dock somewhere in the heat.  When you don't ship priority they can be out there for awhile.   
My guess is that the irises had been dug earlier and were sitting around at the suppliers waiting for a pick.  Companies like Schreiners dig fresh each day.  Others don't. 
Yours are really not that bad!    <vbg>  I've received much worse and most do survive.  Old root are basically a stabilizing factor.  But some people are concerned that the old roots harbor bacteria etc.  The rhizome will put out new roots either way, and will survive.  (usually) 
If you don't cross them, you can't  plant them! 
Betty W. in South-central KY Zone 6 ---
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