Re: burrowing rhizomes
In a message dated 97-02-22 10:42:07 EST, you write:
Celia Storey in Arkansas wrote
>In clearing the TB bed I've found several rhizomes that during the hard
>rains of winter seem to have burrowed down into the neat ridges I carefully
>planted them atop
>Is it OK for me to dig these fellows now and reset them (maybe atop a
>half-inch or so of sand). Do I need to wait until summer or fall? What if
>they get sick before then?
I had to laugh over this one Celia - about a year ago, I posted something
about burrowing rhizomes and the only responses I got were the same ones you
have gotten so far (deafening silence). This may not happen to anybody but
us. Only some of my varieties do this. I have no idea if it's something to
worry about. One might hope that they (the plants) know what they are doing
and that it's ok. But who knows. I went around and raised some of mine by
sticking a spade fork under the whole clump and prying it up a little bit.
Improves drainage, if nothing else.
I would not reset them this time of year - too likely to set them back. If
you want to get the soil off the rhizomes, maybe you could use a heavy stream
of water from a garden hose to wash the soil away.
I don't doctor sick plants, so somebody else will have to answer that one.
Linda Mann firstname.lastname@example.org east Tennessee USA