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RE: CULT: Advice on Feeding Iris in early season, Zone 4

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: RE: CULT: Advice on Feeding Iris in early season, Zone 4
  • From: "Barbara Mann" <IrisMaven@msn.com>
  • Date: Wed, 9 Apr 1997 22:07:34 -0600 (MDT)

Scott, this time of year, most people who fertilize iris do it with a low 
nitrogen, high phosphorus form of fertilizer (many swear by super phosphate or 
triple phosphate).  Don't add much in the way of nitrogen as that will cause 
heavy leaf growth at the expense of the blooms.  The only thing I put on my 
iris before bloom is a light application of sifted compost (and actually, not 
on them, but near them), and that seems to perk them up without making them 

Barb, in Santa Fe, NM

From: 	iris-l@rt66.com on behalf of Scott "Doc" Holloway
Sent: 	Monday, April 07, 1997 9:01 PM
To: 	Multiple recipients of list
Subject: 	CULT: Advice on Feeding Iris in early season, Zone 4

Second time around!
	I am not receiving AIS bulletin nor able to order a book to 
answer this question in a timely manner so I ask again.
	My TBs are up 3-5 inches.  Should I feed them something?  Should 
I bother?  This will be the first season since I planted the rizhome 
last fall.  I didn't put anything on them when I planted them due to 
my ignorance.  I'm concerned about giving them a good start.

Thanks in advance,
Scott Holloway, Plattsmouth NE
Zone 4 and worried about record cold the next couple nights.

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