JI's & Hard water
I've been reading postings on this list for a while, and really want to
thank you all for the free education! And what a great bunch of people.
I'm a neophyte iris grower, but have been gardening for many years. I
avoided irises because of early experiences with rotten TB's. What didn't
rot got leaf spot, spoiled the look of the garden in the summer and bloomed
for such a short period they hardly seemed worth it. You've all made me
start to re-think not growing them.
Anyway, last year I began to acquire a collection of Siberians and JI's.
They're planted in a bed where the soil is 50% peat moss (and clay loam),
and floods for a few hours whenever we have a downpour. August here is
often very dry, so I'm concerned about watering with my well water: PH 7.5.
When I add a few ounces of aluminum sulfate to a 3 gal. pail of water
I notice a white precipitate. Is this a bad idea? Or, what would
be an appropriate way to treat the water?
Is it a good idea to use water soluble acid fertilizer (miracid) on new
(potted & root bound) JI's with hard water? The thought is to use it at
1/4 strength for a few weeks or a month.
Zone 4b Central NY where a few siberians are still going strong, and the