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Re: burrowing rhizomes

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: burrowing rhizomes
  • From: storey@aristotle.net (J. Michael, Celia or Ben Storey)
  • Date: Mon, 24 Feb 1997 11:46:21 -0700 (MST)

Thank you Linda, Sharon and Suzette for the comments about iris rhizomes
that seem to burrow into their bed during the winter. I asked one of our
CAIS gurus, Tom Dillard, whether I should oust the little fellows and reset
them now. He agrees with Linda that it's better to wait until the usual
transplant time. But he did suggest I scrape some of the dirt away to
improve drainage. So that's my plan.

Sharon, when you excavated your aunt's bed in Hot Springs and found the
two-story rhizomes, did any of the lower ones look like they would perform
if reset on the surface? Or were they ruined? Were roots coming out of the
upper story, too?
Just curious.

storey@aristotle.net  USDA Zone 7b
Little Rock, AR ... where I am having a marvelous time with the 14"
electric chainsaw my sweetie gave me for Valentine's Day.

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