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CULT: snapping vs cutting

From: Linda Mann <lmann@icx.net>

When the idea of snapping off stalks was first brought up on iris-list,
I was astonished that anybody could break the fool things off
(intentionally), but went out and tried it as did some other southerners
onlist (this seems to be more of a northern thing, maybe more crucial in
borer country?) and found that sometimes it works really well. 
Sometimes the stalks are so rubbery that it takes a knife.  Sometimes it
breaks off  farther down the heel.  It seemed also to depend on the
weather and time interval after bloom - stalks here usually shrivel to
nothing pretty quickly if it's hot & dry ("normal") & snap off cleanly,
but if it's raining a lot, tend to mush off.  My suggestion is to
practice first on plants that you don't care too much about & decide
which method suits your garden and temper.

Linda Mann east Tennessee uSA

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