Re: Drainage vs rot?
On Mon, 11 Nov 1996 JMull58284@aol.com wrote:
> Diana Louis asked a few questions, whict I will attempt to answer.
> Our yard is 3/4 acre, containing House and many beds (roses) (daylilies)
> (Preannuals) and Iris. It is quite flat as those of you who know Norfolk
> know. I do not use sand. Locat sand is too heavy in salt and other minerals
> that make iris unhappy. We ahve a clay base above sand or crushed shells
> perhaps three or four feet down; thus I cover it with top soil. This makes
> raised beds about a foot or two high. I employ the use of vermeculite (Sp)
> to help with loosing the soil around the rhizones. We are in zone 7, but
> never know how cold the weather will get from year to year. I have not kept
> track of named iris that had rot.. there wasn't that much to worry about.
> However if it becomes significant, I will put on computor. Hope this helps.
> Bill Mull firstname.lastname@example.org
Terrific, thanks a lot. I am trying to work out if good dranage
decreases or stops rot. I will collect all the messages on this
subject and see what conclusion we can come to. Linda has already
said she thinks it's stress but it could be alleviated by good
drainage. Will be happy to hear from everybody. Diana Louis
<email@example.com> Zone 4/5 Newmarket, Ontario, Canada