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  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Re: CUT BACK IRIS?
  • From: gardenhous@aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2001 09:09:31 EDT

In a message dated 8/5/01 12:49:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
neilm@charter.net writes:

<< rass, cut back, grows vegetative tissues to replace those lost 
 (i.e., leaves).  Fruiting, reproductive tissue (seed heads in grass, 
 blossoms and pods in iris) depend on mature foliage present and 
 having done its job, along with some hormonal and nutritional 
 balances that are radically disturbed by mowing--or foliage cut 
 back.  That's why I am so adamnt about not doing the leaf cut during 
 active growth. There's an equation--good leaves now, good bloom later. >>
Okay this is what i think   i have dug each iris for the past two years and 
sqished any borer i found, washed the rhizome in bleach and replantted with 
the iris doing okay in the following summer.  I have sprayed cygon 2E and it 
doesnt seem to do much.  i have pinched leaves but can't feel anything snap. 
this year i am going to spray the deterrent  although they say three times a 
year the borer hatches in mid august- september. so will try it now. then in 
october i am going to cut back the folliage which will probably clear some 
eggs away.  But I think the fruit of the iris is the flower and if you have 
no bee pods then  you aren't preventing the reproduction process. also by 
october those pod are split open and the seeds have fallen  roses and are cut 
back in th fall for the winter why not the mighty iris.

Doreen F. McCabe  Westford, Ma


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