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Re: CULT: Bloom update


My experience with the combination of weather conditions that you are
experiencing is that they constitute the perfect recipe for short stalks on
TBs. At this point there is not likely to be anything you can do about it,
except wait until next year. ELSA SASS is a TB, though a rather short one
that normally blooms at around 30".

Here, although we remain in an extended drought situation, there should be
adequate moisture to carry us through the bloom season, and temperatures
have been moderate, allowing the iris plants and stalks to develop slowly
and steadily. If there are no hard freezes in the next two weeks, it ought
to be a satisfying bloom season.

Jeff Walters in northern Utah  (USDA Zone 4/5, Sunset Zone 2, AHS Zone 7)

> From: Kelly D. Norris <kellydn@frontiernet.net>
> To: iris@hort.net
> Subject: [iris] CULT:  Bloom update
> Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2003 8:32 PM
> Things are just getting started here but based on my observations it
> could be a strange season.  The problem/dilemma:  TB's are blooming on
> 10-12" stalks.  The only solution I can come up with is that the
> unusual, rains for 3 days, wind blows for 5 (repeat) temps. in the 70's
> during the day and 30's at night (repeat) weather cycle might have an
> effect on stalk size?  Last year was also exceptionally dry for us so
> could this be a cause?  Any ideas or brainstorms (Rather than a storm
> I'm only getting sort of a trickle) would be appreciated.  Is anyone
> else having the same phenomenon?

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