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Re: Dumping irises!( was Can Someone explain this?)

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos]Dumping irises!( was Can Someone explain this?)
  • From: "Linda Hunt" nakihee@gmail.com
  • Date: Fri, 5 May 2006 21:48:14 -0500

That is a great story.  I don't think that occurred here, but still an interesting story.  I spoke to a local iris farm about this iris anomaly and he gave me an interesting explanation.  He said that there are occurences with diploid iris when the chromosomes falter and it can actually throw an unusual rhizome increase that is different from the mother rhizome.  He explained to me that this can't occur with tetraploids, because the chromosome makeup does not support it.  Who knows.   But I plan on cutting this rhizome loose in the fall and planting it independently to see what occurs next year! :)  Have a great night

On 5/5/06, Autmirislvr@aol.com <Autmirislvr@aol.com> wrote:
In a message dated 5/4/2006 9:21:37 P.M. Central Standard Time, manzano57@msn.com writes:
<<Maybe somebody was "dumping" one they didn't want anymore and thought you'd give it a good home (sort of like people who dump there dog on somebody who already has dogs?).>>
Dumping is not so uncommon!  Years ago, an iris friend said he would drive down the road and 'pitch' left over irises into fence rows or any friendly looking environment.  He couldn't bear to compost them! 
Earlier this year, a Master Gardener group asked me how irises sometimes just 'appear!'  I related this story to them and they really enjoyed it! 
If you don't cross them, you can't  plant them! 
Betty W. in South-central KY Zone 6 ---
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