Re: Bleach solution and next year's bloom???
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- Subject: Re: Bleach solution and next year's bloom???
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- Date: Tue, 3 Feb 1998 16:39:19 -0700 (MST)
David E. Shannon wrote:
> This is the first time I had ever heard anyone connect the 10% bleach =
> solution, commonly used to disinfect rhizomes, and next year's bloom! =
> Please explain.
> I have sometimes seen foliage become whitish, if not rinsed, so that =
> would affect the food production of those leaves, but new leaves grow =
> and the bloom point is already formed at the base.
> I usually do rinse the outside of the plant but having soaked the entire =
> thing for 10 minutes or so, I know that it has absorbed a fair amount of =
> the bleach solution. Bloom is dependent on many factors, but I have =
> never noticed any correlation with whether I have "bleach-cleaned" my =
> transplants or not.
> David Shannon
I have left rhizomes overnight in a 5:1 solution of clorox water with no
ill effects on bloom the next year. I frequently leave them soak for
hours. I guess I should get a timer.
Superstition Iris Gardens