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Re: CULT Snapping off stalks

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: CULT Snapping off stalks
  • From: Bill Shear <BILLS@hsc.edu>
  • Date: Wed, 20 May 1998 06:47:13 -0600 (MDT)

Snapping off stalks is better than cutting them off.  When you snap them
off, the break occurs between cells, leaving a wound that dries more
quickly and resists infection better.  When you cut off the stalk, you cut
through cells, leaving a wound that takes a little longer to dry and cut
cells that are open to infection.

It's also easier and takes less time.

When you use a knive, if a plant is infected with rot bacteria already,
your knife can transfer bacteria from plant to plant unless you disinfect
it between cuts.

The worst idea is to use pruners to cut stalks, since this always leaves
behind a crushed area that can easily foster rot.

The TB season is about over here.  Siberians and Spurias at their peak,
Louisianas soon to follow, and good stalks on the Japanese.  Iris
foetidissima blooming best in years in the woodlands.  Various pseudacorus,
virginica and versicolor also in bloom.

Bill Shear
Department of Biology
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden-Sydney VA 23943
FAX (804)223-6374

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