Re: CULT, REF: Iris Borers
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- Subject: Re: CULT, REF: Iris Borers
- From: "Walter A. Moores" <wam2@Ra.MsState.Edu>
- Date: Mon, 2 Feb 1998 06:14:34 -0700 (MST)
On Sun, 1 Feb 1998, william b. cook wrote:
> Recently, I made a posting saying that I thought the Iris Borer would
> be present in Texas and Kansas. This posting was not based on any
> hard-core evidence, but was based on assuming that it would be there since
> it is found in neighboring states with similar conditions.
> Since we have Iris List members in both Kansas and Texas, I am turning
> to them to clarify this matter. Is the Iris Borer present in these two
> states? If so, what parts? If not, let us know that since that is
> valuable information too.
> If I confused anyone, I am sorry, but I would like to find out more
> about the range of this insect pest.
> Mark A. Cook
> Dunnellon, FL.
I started growing irises in Fort Worth in the early 1960's and
joined the FWIS in about '65. I never had an experience with a borer in
my garden, nor did I ever hear any member of the FWIS complain or inquire
of the pests.
In 1986, I moved to MS and have never seen or 'heard tell' of a
borer in a MS garden. I think it is too darn hot for the critters to
Once long ago I received a package of bearded iris rhizomes
from the East, and I suspect a borer was in that box but crawled out in
the heat of the UPS truck. The rhizome was hollowed out, but there was
enough food left for a side shoot to develop and eventually bloom.
Enid Lake, MS 7/8