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Re: bloomstalk rot

I have had some luck with 50% bleach solotion sprayed on the pods. You have
to do it after every rain. Just a light spray. I am sure I saved 3 pods this
way last year..
It is worth a try.

Mike Greenfield
Zone 5b
SW Ohio
Region 6
----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Bzzscheile@aol.com>
To: <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, May 21, 2004 9:31 AM
Subject: [iris] bloomstalk rot

> I have lost a lot of crosses made later in the season because of a rot
> starts with the fading flower material and then runs down the bloomstalk.
> iris friend 90 miles to the north is having the same problem.  I thought
> could be caused by the "pollen-eating" bugs so I sprayed a
> mix but either didn't help or was too late.  I thing the pollen-eating
> might be cucumber beetles and they are an enormous problem.  I asked the
> Lady on PBS about the problem but didn't get a satisfactory answer.
Anyway maybe
> I have two problems.  Several of the earlier pods that had swelled to
> size also got this rot problem with the bloomstalk and of course fell off.
> do everything to avoid the bloomstalk holding moisture including stripping
> leaves and branches and this year even resorted to cutting the tops of the
> flower off as the rot seemed to start there, not the case with the matured
> however.  Any help is welcome.
> Barbara Null
> Tyler, TX (rot capital of the world)
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