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Re: CULT: Iris seedlings and frost

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: CULT: Iris seedlings and frost
  • From: "John I. Jones" <jijones@ix.netcom.com>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 10:56:37 +0000
  • References: <19980618055112.12284.qmail@hotmail.com>

Jan Clark wrote:
> Hi all,
> I finally took the plunge and planted out my seedlings, all in little
> rows like soldiers, 3 days ago.
> 1st morning, a mild frost settled in at about 7.00am, and soon lifted.
> They shrugged their shoulders at that.
> 2nd morning , looking bad, I raced out and covered everything at 7.30
> with towells and blankets, and removed them at 11.00. everything OK.
> 3rd morning (today) very nasty, minus 4 degrees C, and no time to do
> anything, except thaw out cars. 1 car down (burst radiator from the
> freeze) and just returned from a trip to Melbourne, the first place I
> headed was the iris nursery bed. Perhaps 30% are looking frost damaged.
> This may well be a combination of transplant stress and frost. We always
> get beautiful sunny days after a frost, and I guess it is the sun doing
> the damage. I think I will be covering them up for a bit longer yet.
> Also a few seedlings turned yellow and flopped. They looked as if they
> had no chlorophyl. Most seedlings had 2 or 3 leaves, ad seed still
> attatched.
> I'd be grateful for any comments, or shared experiences.
> Jan Clark, in Australia,

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