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Re: RE:Planting Depth

In a message dated 4/23/2005 2:15:14 PM Central Daylight Time, 
irischapman@netscape.net writes:

> As you remember I planted 10 plants each at 
> 1) Half exposed
> 2) Just backs exposed
> 3) 1/2"
> 4) 1"
> 5) 2"
> There were some winter losses in all catagories except 1" depth.

I once tested growth rates (increase) versus planting depths here with about 
20 varieties. I did not however collect continuing rot data.

That being said, rhizomes planted at the 1/2" produced the greatest increase 
and those planted at 1" depths equaled or exceeded the performance of rhizomes 
planted with their backs exposed.

Your data I find helpful. Perhaps rhizomes need insulation for heat 
protection here and cold protection there. My expectation is that conventional wisdom 
contains a lot more wish than we care to admit. Likely someone just left the 
"h" out of "wishdom".

Bill Burleson

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