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  • Subject: Re: CUT BACK IRIS?
  • From: Dennis Kramb <dkramb@badbear.com>
  • Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2001 18:30:32 -0400

>--- 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

I cut back the foliage in early October to help prevent iris borer 
(moths lay the eggs on the leaves).  Seems to work like a charm.
Dennis Kramb; dkramb@badbear.com
Cincinnati, Ohio USA; USDA Zone 6

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