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From: freedmaj@att.net

I live on the south New Jersey coast and have a bunch 
of bearded irises which were planted several years 
ago. I am not an expert on irises by any account. 
Every spring the irises come up and put out large 
healthy buds. However, only about half of them open. 
The ones that do are beautiful. However, the others 
seem to attempt to open but the petals fail to 
separate, apparantly stuck together by a sticky 
waterly fluid. The buds eventually die. I have 
researched all the literature but can find nothing 
describing this problem or its cause. If anyone 
recognizes this syndrome I would greatly appreciate 
some advice on what to do.  
Thank you, Jerry 

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