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Re: OT: Giving up

In a message dated 5/9/2004 12:36:31 PM Central Standard Time, 
chiquita4@cox.net writes:

> These were brand new single rhizomes from a catalog.  They produced 
> foliage,
> but no other rhizomes were produced, and no flowers.

Irises must have 6 hours of sunlight per day to bloom.  Is it possible the 
irises are in dense shade?  If they aren't crowded or in dense shade, it's still 
possible that a move will encourage them to bloom.

Try preparing another bed, in full sunlight.  The ideal situation would be to 
add nutrients at a depth of 8-12 inches.  (You could remove the soil, till in 
the additives, return the soil and till again.)  Allow the soil/bed to set 
3-6 weeks before moving the irises to this new setting.  

A single rhizome, planted 5 years ago, would have either produced 
increases/fans or the mother rhizome would have elongated (extended itself) one length 
per year during that period of time.  If the mother rhizome elongated, try 
cutting these into lengths and replanting them as some will sprout new growth in 
better circumstances.  

Betty W. in South-central KY Zone 6
Bridge In Time Iris Garden@website:

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