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Re: Snapping vrs cutting bloomstalks

From: "Chris Hollinshead" <cris@netcom.ca>

I have snapped off the old iris bloomstalks for the last 4 or 5 years and
never had a problem with damaging the rhizome in the slightest. Once the
technique of doing this is acquired it is much faster than cutting and the
stalks break off very cleanly right at the junction of the stalk and the top
of the rhizome. The key is in the technique... grasp the stalk firmly, right
down close to the junction and give it a quick bend to the side and off it
comes! Most come off very easily but occasionally there is a stubborn one or

Christopher Hollinshead
Mississauga, Ontario  Canada  zone6b
AIS(Region 16), CIS, SSI
Director-Canadian Iris Society
Newsletter Editor-Canadian Iris Society
e-mail:  cris@netcom.ca <mailto:cris@netcom.ca>
CIS website:  http://www.netcom.ca/~cris/CIS.html
> Bill Shear:
> >How does cutting versus snapping affect the presence of increase on
> >the bloomstalk?  In either case the bloomstalk is gone.  Or are we
> >talking about the same thing?
>> From: "Jan Clark" <janclarx@hotmail.com
> My efforts at snapping off bloom stalks often result in the heel of the
> mother rhizome being snapped off. This heel section often has 2 or more
> tiny increases forming. I'm sure if I had cut the bloom stalk at a
> higher point, these increses would continue to grow. I have tried
> replanting the heel section (in pots) but only with little success.

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