picture shows two balded rhizomes.
The one on the right still has one living root, but shows unmistakable
signs of balding. It will not
multiply and will soon die. I am
posting it because I believe many of you have never seen this syndrome. You are lucky.
had a few laughs from the jokes about balding in irises, but the real thing is
far from funny. One can lose an
entire clump of a favorite iris from it. In fact I lost the most beautiful
seedling I’ve ever had from balding.
I know that it is caused from some combination of culture, environment
and genetics, but I certainly wish that I understood it better. I’ve seen a lot less of it now than
I did last year, even though this summer has been hotter than last. I can’t understand it. The above rhizomes are from Man About
Town, badly affected in a row where most have very vigorous, healthy clumps. Last year I had some balded rhizomes in
it, like Scorch, something that is a complete mystery to everyone? So far we have no Scorch in Arizona.
Glendale, AZ Zone 9