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Re: Snapping vrs cutting bloomstalks

From: Vicki Craig <craigiris@earthlink.net>

Chris Hollinshead wrote:

> 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.
> 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
> two...

I agree with Chris. We have been snapping off the stalks for many, many years.
If your rhizomes are firmly rooted you shouldn't have a problem. However, should
they be poorly rooted or in very 'soft' soil you may end up pulling off more
than just the stalk.


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