Re: Fertilizing Iris beds
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- Subject: Re: Fertilizing Iris beds
- From: "Jeff and Carolyn Walters" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Sat, 15 Feb 1997 08:01:40 -0700 (MST)
Ginny P writes (15 Feb 97):
> I'll leave it to the experts to tell you how start a new iris bed and
> how long to leave it to let it settle before planting but PLEASE NO
> MANURE. I killed a huge order 2 years ago because of manure. -This was
> pre iris-l. If iris-l had been started before I planted my iris, they
> would probably still be snuggled happily under their blanket of snow
> instead of rotting away.
Perhaps it would be good to have a discussion of general considerations
with regard to fertilizing iris. It is too early to do anything about it
here, but in milder climates I expect that this would represent "news you
can use" right away.
I will be the first to admit that I am anything but systematic in respect
to fertilizing my iris and undoubtedly could do a better job of optimizing
conditions for them in this regard.
Generally, I scatter whatever granular fertilizer I have that is not too
high in Nitrogen around the clumps in the Spring when growth has just
started and scratch it into the soil. I also incorporate similar fertilizer
into the soil by tilling it in before I replant in the summer.
What should I (we) really be doing?
Jeff Walters in northern Utah (Zone 4)
"This is the Place" - where it is thawing again, but there is still several
inches of snow cover