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Re: Re: CULT:plant habit

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Re: CULT:plant habit
  • From: "Racheal Nekuda" <lilylvr@kansas.net>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 13:32:15 -0800

Thanks Bill,
I was getting pretty concerned. We have had freezes and thaws daily for the last month. I watered but am sure it did not go deep enough in the ground to settle lower layers. Mybe when this snow melts things will look more normal aorund here. I don't know how much it has snowed so far but it has showed no signs of slowing down and it was snowing before daylight.
thankyou again,
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Bill Shear 
  To: IRIS 
  Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2002 11:17 AM
  Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Re: CULT:plant habit

  On 1/30/02 3:35 PM, "Racheal Nekuda" <lilylvr@kansas.net> wrote:

  > Hi all,
  > I have had a very unusual thing happen this winter. Usually things tend to
  > heave here in the winter and iris rhizomes tend to prefer to grow with most of
  > the rhizome exposed. This year all my rhizomes have been pulling themselves
  > under the ground. Some as much as two inches. Could this be because it has
  > been so dry? Won't they all rot if the weather gets real wet? I can't do
  > anything about it right now but am open to any suggestions.

  If the rhizomes are well-anchored by roots that go below the zone of frozen
  soil, repeated freezing and thawing will naturally appear to raise the soil
  level around them. The rhizomes are not pulling themselves down.   I would
  suspect that the spring rains would serve as the great leveller and again
  firm the soil around the rhizomes.

  No, you have nothing to worry about.  Let nature take its course.

  Bill Shear
  Department of Biology
  Hampden-Sydney College
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