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Re: CULT: Multiple Stalks


From: "Merrily A. Smith" <merrilyann@erols.com>

My LOVELY LETTY that bloomed this Christmas had three stalks coming from one
rhizome, which I know because I cut it(them) off at the base to bring them
indoors and they all came together at the ground level.

Merrily in Washington, DC

-----Original Message-----
From: vince lewonski <vincelewonski@yahoo.com>
To: iris-talk@onelist.com <iris-talk@onelist.com>
Date: Friday, January 01, 1999 8:58 PM
Subject: [iris-talk] CULT: Multiple Stalks


>From: vince lewonski <vincelewonski@yahoo.com>
>
>> "Michael D. Greenfield" asks
>> >Another question. I have seen remarks about several bloom stalks
>from one
>> >plant. Is that from one fan? Or from one rhizome with several fans?
>
>> From: celia storey <storey@aristotle.net>
>>
>> The party line holds that we get one and only one stalk from each
>rhizome.
>> So usually when people talk about more than one stalk coming on an
>iris,
>> they mean coming from its clump. But -- please don't yell at me,
>folks, I
>> have SEEN this -- every so often you'll see some weird mutation in
>which it
>> sure as heck looks as though there are two stalks emerging from the
>same
>> growth point.
>>
>Vince sez:
>   I have seen this twice - once this spring with SPEED LIMIT and a
>couple years ago with FANCY TALES. FANCY TALES had suffered trauma
>when I, uh, kinda stepped on a large fan in fall. The fan was cracked
>at the base, but it didn't completely break off, and it survived the
>winter. The following spring, two fans came out of this damaged
>rhizome, both of which developed bloomstalks.
>   Maybe multiple stalks are the result of damage to the rhizome. I
>strongly recommend NOT stepping on all of your fans in an attempt to
>stimulate the growth of additional stalks!
>   Multiple stalks that are all coming up from the increase are more
>common. I had 8 stalks come up from two first year rhizomes of STOLEN
>DREAMS this year.
>
>==
>Vince Lewonski
>Secane, PA  Zone 6
>In some cultures, what I do would be considered normal!
>
>
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