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Re: Re: CULT: Growing Japanese Irises in Pots?

Hello Talkers:

Regarding growing Japanese Irises, Clarence Mahan (Pres. of the American
Iris Scoeity and a scholar of some considerable repute) has written a paper
on "Iris Myths," in which he stresses that Japanese irises need to be grown
either in pots or dug up and relocated every three years or so.  This is
due to the tendency of I. ensata to emit a substance that is toxic to
itself.  The toxic substance can be leached out if the plants are grown
either in pots or at the edge of a water source.  Interesting.

I do not know when this paper will be published...but it is full of
surprising information ...and it will generate much discussion when
published!  It was presented orally at the New Zealand Iris Society
Symposium earlier this month.


Tom W. Dillard, Curator
Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Central Arkansas Library System
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas  72201
(501) 918-3054

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