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Re: blooming problem

From: "Mark, Maureen" <MARKM@tc.gc.ca>

Hi Jerry,

I was hoping that someone might have responded to you by now.  Did you get
any frost?  Frost at the wrong time of bud development can turn it to mush.
I have found that some buds are affected and not others.

Maureen Mark
Ottawa, Canada (zone 4)

> 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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