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RE: Fertilizing Iris Beds

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: RE: Fertilizing Iris Beds
  • From: "Barbara Mann" <IrisMaven@msn.com>
  • Date: Sat, 15 Feb 1997 20:03:48 -0700 (MST)

Alee, I agree with you.  Most of the people around here who use granular 
fertilizers do not use anything high in nitrogen in the spring; instead, they 
apply super phosphate or triple phosphate before bloom time.  Then they use a 
higher nitrogen balanced fertilizer later, usually when the iris are coming 
out of summer dormance toward fall.  Myself, I use only compost I make from 
garden and yard waste, rabbit bedding and manure (I cheat; I keep rabbits), 
and dirt.  I keep adding a thin layer of this all non-frozen season, and it 
seems to work fine.

Barb Mann, in Santa Fe, a high dry version of zone 5
IrisMaven@msn.com     (see, Sharon--I'm being good)

From: 	iris-l@rt66.com on behalf of Arthur
Sent: 	Saturday, February 15, 1997 12:14 PM
To: 	Multiple recipients of list
Subject: 	Re: Fertilizing Iris Beds

I have read  with interest the mail on fertilizing Irises, it appears that
I am odd man out, I have always fertilizes at the end of the flowering of
various plants, experience has taught me that feeding plants before
flowering gets lots of green leaves and one tends to get less bloom, I do
use a good compound fertilizer.
I may be wrong? ( expect so )


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