Re: Re: CUT BACK IRIS?
- Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Re: CUT BACK IRIS?
- From: email@example.com
- Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2001 09:09:31 EDT
In a message dated 8/5/01 12:49:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< 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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