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Re: CULT: rhizome size vs bloom vs soil conditions vs climate


On Jul 25, 2008, at 4:14 PM, christian foster wrote:

this is going to sound like an off beat question. What kind of hay was the
hayfield?

If the hay was a legume... alfalfa or clover... and it had been that kind of
hay for many years... there might be an "abundance" of nitrogen in that
field. I've heard that irises are heavy nitrogen feeders... if that's true, it would stand to reason that a legume hay field might nourish the plant
aggressively enough that there is extra to store in the rhizomes.

Good guess, Christian, but the hayfield is almost exclusively quack, timothy, and orchardgrass with a very small amount of red clover and even less alfalfa - maybe 1% legume. And the fields haven't been worked and reseeded for at least 30 yrs.

Laurie


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