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Re: CULT: borers


Hi Laurief,

One more thing I do is cut the leaves after the first frost down to an inch.
Less to clean up in spring and the plants seems to do well.

Char Region 8

laurief wrote:

> >DO YOUR LEAVES ALL DIE BACK TO  THE GROUND EVERY YEAR?  THE NEW
> >LEAVES COME ON HERE REAL EARLY LIKE JAN. AND THE OLD LEAVES DON'T ALL DIE
> >EVEN
> >IN MINUS 20 DEGREES WEATHER IN THE WINTER . WHERE ARE YOU FROM? THAT ALL THE
> >LEAVES ARE GONE IN THE EARLY SPRING? LET US KNOW AND WE WILL SEE IF WE CAN
> >FIND AN ANSWER FOR YOU SOMETIME TODAY.OK??
>
> I'm in northern Minnesota, and yes, all iris foliage dies back to the
> ground in winter.  At present, I only have about an inch of growth on
> bearded irises and none on Sibs.  We have, however, had temps in the 70's
> on a couple of occasions within the last couple weeks, so it's possible
> there has already been some borer hatch.
>
> Laurie
>
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> http://www.angelfire.com/mn3/shadowood/irisintro.html
> USDA zone 3b, AHS zone 4 - northern MN
> acidic clay soil
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