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  • Subject: Re: CUT BACK IRIS?
  • From: neilm@charter.net
  • Date: Sat, 04 Aug 2001 21:19:00 -0000

--- In iris-talk@y..., THEO1415@a... wrote:
"I am still not clear on this.  Some say leave the foliage alone, and 
but only when it gets diseased...."

Haircuts are for people.  Leave your healthy foliage where it belongs-
-producing energy for next year's bloom.  Yes, removed diseased 
foliage...and bag it.  But healthy stuff stays.  Let me be emphatic 
about this.  Removing healthy leaves cuts the arms and legs off the 
plant.  They NEED their leaves, now especially.

People who dry and ship rhizomes need to cut back only for shipping 
purposes.  It takes the shipped, dried and semi-sleepy rhizome a 
while to recover.  Don't do this to your own transplants, even.  
Minimal trim when moving the rhizome, none at all when growing.

Neil Mogensen  zone 6b/7a near Asheville, NC

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