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Re: CULT: Yellowing leaves/ants

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: CULT: Yellowing leaves/ants
  • From: Tammy King <tlking@ap.net>
  • Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 15:52:17 -0600 (MDT)

Thank you John, for the information. I won't worry about the yellowing, not
yet anyway. As far as the ants go, I'll be putting out some ant stakes this
evening. I just hate those little rascals! And it seems that they decide to
get themselves underground where I don't know where they are, and then as
I'm digging or weeding, I'll hit a spot and they come out by the gajillions.

Also, thanks for the mention of how deep your beds are. Hubby is building
one for me for my Bday on Tuesday, and I needed to know if 12" would be deep
enough. It is going to sit on top of rocks that can't be moved or dug out
without major expense, so I was hoping it would be deep enough.

Thanks again!!
Zone 9/Ca

At 11:34 PM 5/14/98 -0600, you wrote:
>Tammy King wrote:
>> Hi all~
>> Since I'm a newbie to the list, I hope I'm in the right category here, and
>> hope you don't mind me asking a couple of quick questions.
>Welcome to the Iris-L, *AND* keep asking questions, they are the life blood of
>the list!!!
>> First, I was just out, cleaning up a bit and noticed that the leaves on most
>> of my iris are turning yellow. It's starting at the tips, and starting to
>> travel down towards the base. Could this be due to all the excess rain we've
>> had? If not, any ideas of what it may be? (I'm terrified of losing any of my
>> iris!)
>The yellowing you are seeing is probably root rot. Don't panic here. It is
>because of the rain. The very tips of the roots are rotting because of the
>excess water. Nothing to do about it. As soon as the weather dries up a
>little, everything will be fine.
>If this is a recurring problem you might want to consider more raised beds,
>although even in my 12" high beds I am getting some yellowing this year.
>> Second, I also noticed ANTS! Tons and tons of ants. There aren't any aphids
>> anywhere to be seen, but lots of ants. I even found them inside the leave
>> where the stalk comes out. (I know I'm not using the right terminology, but
>> I'll get the hang of it, given time). Will the ants hurt my plants? Should I
>> blast them with something? I don't like bugs on my plants...nope, not a bug
>> person, especially if they could hurt my babies.
>Well I'd bet there are aphids around somewhere, and if there are not, there
>will be soon with all the ants doing their thing.
>Ant traps for the ants and safers soap for whatever bugs there are, would be
>my recommendation. I have aphids and white fly of all things. So I am about to
>decorate my garden with pretty yellow sticky traps.....
>John                     | "There be dragons here"
>                         |  Annotation used by ancient cartographers
>                         |  to indicate the edge of the known world.
>John Jones, jijones@ix.netcom.com
>Fremont, California, USA, Earth, USDA zone 8/9 (coastal, bay) 
>Max high 95F/35C, Min Low 28F/-2C average 10 days each
>Heavy clay base for my raised beds.
>There are currently 83 Iris pictures on my Website. Visit me at:

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