Re: Pot Culture (no, it's not what you think!)
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- Subject: Re: Pot Culture (no, it's not what you think!)
- From: Arnold Koekkoek <Koekkoek@dordt.edu>
- Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 14:37:45 -0700 (MST)
I've had 2 circumstances in which I potted irises instead of putting
them in the ground. It was a "no alternative" in the first case.
1. When I acquire them so late in the season there is absolutely no
chance of survival if I planted in the garden. Once a member of our
club brought a lot of Sib. "Marilyn Holmes", which she'd just dug
because she had too much of it, to our October meeting. I took home
a piece, potted it (it was less than a week before it froze, hard, in
my garden) and kept it under a grow-light all winter. It sprouted,
grew, did not thrive but stayed alive. Next spring I planted it in
the garden where it grew, increased, but did not bloom. This will be
its next chance to bloom, and I'm expecting it will.
2. I also once stumbled across a lot of TB rhizomes for sale in the
local Wal-Mart in mid-October. Outside planting was a death
sentence, so they went into pots, also under the grow-light. One
made it through the winter (the other I think I killed with too much
water, which was a stupid mistake I should never have made) and went
into the garden where it increased, didn't bloom, had no bloom stalks
last year because of the April freeze disaster, I hope it will flower
3. One year our club's TB order came a day after our Aug. meeting. I
know how risky it is to plant TBs even in late Aug. here, so I potted
up all of them, got them growing in the pots so that when I took them
to the meeting in Sept. they were all rooted and growing, could be
set into the ground with soil and all.
I suppose there might be other circumstances that justified the
extra work of potting before planting straight into the garden, but I
can't see much reason to do it.
Interesting subject. I hope we hear more from others.
Arnold Koekkoek Home Ph. (712) 722-0724
Assoc. Prof. of History Off. Ph. (712) 722-6326
Dordt College e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Sioux Center, IA 51250