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Re: Growing Irises in Queensland Australia

From: "Jan Clark" <janclarx@hotmail.com>

>Hello Iris Growers out there
>I have been growing irises for 2 yrs now.
>There has been very little information available about the pitfalls of 
>trying to grow irises in Australia. We have several frosts here. Our 
>summers are hot.
>The main problems which we have learned to address are rust, soft rot and 
>rhizome rot.
>Zineb was really successful in controlling the rust problem. The 1st year 
>we had lots of rhizome rot and set about digging and soaking in bleach 
>solution and then replanting. I have now realised that a clean up and zineb 
>was equally effective. I am trailling Bayer product and hortico oil at the 
>moment to be rain resistive.
>I have about 300 irises and was introduced to daylilies as compainion 
>plants as well.
>Hope to here from Australian growers with sinmiliar problems ,hints and 
>tips to achieve better results.
>Charmaine in Toowoomba Australia.

Hi Charmaine, and Welcome to the iris-talk list, from another Aussie. There 
are a few of us here. My growing conditions here in Central Victoria would 
be vastly different to yours, I'm sure - hot in summer, but long frosty 
Looking forward to hearing more from you,
Cheers, Jan Clark

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