Re: Kentucky rot vs Tennessee rot
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- Subject: Re: Kentucky rot vs Tennessee rot
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Lynn W Woosley)
- Date: Tue, 18 Feb 1997 09:20:48 -0700 (MST)
Linda Mann writes:
>I hope we hear more from Lynn Woosley (?) about growing bearded iris in
>Georgia. The only southeasterners with somewhat similar climate on
>who talk much are me, Walter Moores, and Lloyd Zurbrigg (?). And
>occasionally Julie Allen (slightly more moderate climate?).
Since I'm just starting Georgia iris beds, I don't have much to say about
Georgia growing conditions and results yet. Like much of the South, I
have heavy red clay soil, which is acidic and rich in iron. I amend the
soil with manure and compost before planting anything, and much with leaf
mold and/or pine needles in winter.
I do have more experience with southern middle Tennessee (USDA Zone 7).
We also had red clay soil there, but it was topped by a 2-3 inches of a
rich black dirt. EVERYTHING grew well. We did have some minor rot
problems, mainly because I neglected the beds -- I did not regularly
rotate beds and solarize, I never used a fungicide, was a little sloppy
about weeding, and sometimes let the beds get overcrowded before
dividing. When I divided clumps, I would cut off any rot spots, but did
not dip in a bleach solution. The worst result I usually got from rot
was thinning of a clump. I can only think of a couple of times in 20
years that I lost an entire clump to rot.
Marietta, GA, USA
USDA Zone 7/8
Where today's forecast is beautiful - 70 degrees and sunny!