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RE: CULT:iris in hypertufa troughs

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

Hi Carolyn,

Tufa is a rock used by avid rock gardeners.  I'm not sure if hypertufa is in
the same family.  However, a lot of rock gardeners do grow their plants in
troughs -- often plants that are not known to be hardy in their areas.

We were going to build a trough this year at a workshop but then a conflict
came up.  We were planning to grow some iris in it.  Some thoughts are I.
cristata, I. fulva and some Juno irises.  Arils might do well also.
Maureen Mark
Ottawa, Canada (zone 4)

> From: drsnooks@buffnet.net
> Hello, ALL!
> I'm putting my head into your gathering for just a minute to ask for some
> suggestions.
> I'm giving a workshop/demonstration on making hypertufa troughs to an Iris
> Society next month and would like to know about growing iris in them.
> These
> containers are made of portland cement,peat and perlite, so the soil is
> likely to be alkaline.
> Please comment of the adviseability of growing some small species Iris in
> these containers, and send ANY specific suggestions, plz.
> It would seem to me an almost ideal way to grow some species Iris that are
> not hardy in zone 5 & 6.
> Thanks in advance!
> Carolyn Schaffner in Buffalo, NY

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