Re: Re:CULT: late season planting?
- Subject: Re: Re:CULT: late season planting?
- From: Linda Mann <email@example.com>
- Date: Sun, 09 Nov 2008 13:34:31 -0500
Hmm.. more food for thought - thanks, Betty.
You are right about the texture difference being a potential problem.
Plus there's another issue with the pot contents: Phil Williams
mentioned once when Julie Allen and I drove over to view his irises
during bloom season that he'd had problems when he'd used a buried
manure layer under his irises. The manure was well below the root zone,
but critters were uprooting his irises digging down to get to the worms
and grubs in the manure layer. I've had the same experience here and am
always careful to remove the rotted manure layer from the bottom of all
my big pots when transplanting to the garden.
Not only is the bottom half or so of the pots full of rotting manure,
the rest is potting mix - combination of storebought fine textured stuff
with well decomposed manure/compost from prior years. The roots usually
hold the manure together pretty well, but not the loose potting mix.
So I wouldn't be able to pop them right into the ground now, but
wouldn't worry about lining them out bare root in March. One year,
Christy Hensler sent me some rhizomes from Oregon in late March, trimmed
roots and tops, that went on to bloom and survived the trip. They were
tough ones, for sure, but so are these re-selects.
There are a few that are potted in "soil" - rebloomers dug out of the
garden in fall, brought in for winter bloom one or two winters ago, and
I always plant in the gravel with rhizomes covered with soil, now with
chip mulch on top of that. With all the gravel, it doesn't wash away,
but that would be different in the "real" soil, which is more erosive.
Lots of silt - probably silty clay loam.
Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8
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