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Re: CULT: Herbicidal Drift


Would it be better to totally remove the irises from the ground and plant
them somewhere else with hopes of saving them?  Trying to wash the
herbicidal out of the ground might never happen.  Once you transplant the
irises, could you give them vitamin  B1 or something to stimulate growth and
prevent more stress?

Lora L. Masche
Forquin Mountain Iris Garden
21643 Shake Ridge Road
Volcano, CA 95689
-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Shear <BILLS@hsc.edu>
To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
Date: Thursday, June 04, 1998 9:04 AM
Subject: Re: CULT: Herbicidal Drift

>If this truly is a case of herbicide poisoning, there is little you can do
>but wait and see if your plants have in fact been killed.  If so, your
>neighbors may be liable for the cost of the plants in small claims court
>(but not really a way to build neighborhood solidarity).
>You might try abundant watering to at least try to get the residue off the
>plants and washed out of the soil.  This will work only if you have good
>Some herbicides (but not the common Round-up) are very persistant. I have
>an herbicide-poisoned raised bed in my vegetable garden where I had used
>some leaves of unknown source as mulch.  This bed still, ten years
>later,cannot be used for peppers, which are very sensitive to herbicides.
>Irises seem to be relatively insensitive to many herbicides, but can be
>seriously harmed by some of the most common ones.
>This kind of incident is why I'm against all home use of herbicides.
>Bill Shear
>Department of Biology
>Hampden-Sydney College
>Hampden-Sydney VA 23943
>FAX (804)223-6374
>"Ruth Adams Club Goes Vertical"
>--picture caption in the May 12, 1986, edition of the Farmville Herald.
>The photo shows four elderly ladies standing behind a flower arrangement.
>They look very grim.

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