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Re: CULT: question
  • Subject: Re: CULT: question
  • From: Betty Wilkerson <Autmirislvr@aol.com>
  • Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2010 09:15:19 -0400 (EDT)


Hi Donald,
It would seem that the easiest answer would be to add soil to the top.  Is this an option?  Your soil looks a lot more rocky than mine, or is that an added rock mulch? 
<<Has anyone fiddled around with rhizomes that do this?>>
Typically, I let them sink or swim on their own as I don't want "difficult" tendencies adding to my breeding problems.  One entire cross didn't put on increases for over a year.  Eventually they did but remained scarce, and they didn't bloom for something like three years.   As it turned out they were a waste of time and space.  A reverse cross was better in all ways. 

Betty W.
KY zone 6

-----Original Message-----
From: Donald Eaves <donald@eastland.net>
To: iris-photos <iris-photos@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Fri, Sep 3, 2010 9:57 pm
Subject: [iris-photos] CULT: question

Some seedlings from last year. Some didn't put on increase and I was happy
they didn't bloom. Now some increase is showing since things are waking up
now. The problem is they aren't in the ground. What I've been doing is
resetting these rhizomes so the increase is in the soil. What I don't know
is whether this is of any benefit or not. It hasn't been necessary to
uproot everything on most - just pop one side loose and dig some soil from
underneath and then reset everything deeper. Obviously the second photo
shows earlier increase and I may detach those from the spent rhizome and
reset them. Haven't tackled that one yet. I wouldn't be bothering except a
disproportionate number are seedlings derived using unbalanced chromosome
parents and those are too hard to get and too few in number for me to
ignore. I really want those increases to catch hold and grow roots. Has
anyone fiddled around with rhizomes that do this? Is my approach correct or
am I risking rot?

Donald Eaves
Texas Zone 7b, USA

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