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Re: CULT: winter care?

>Arnold Koekkoek wrote:
>> I'd say you ought to mulch with something that doesn't pack down but
>> protects from winter sun.
> Thanks for the advice, Arnold -- but when do you recommend applying the
>mulch -- before first freeze -- after?
>Griff Crump, along the tidal Potomac near Mount Vernon, VA, where the
>disastrous winter of 1995-96 heaved up and killed hundreds of
>well-rooted, but unmulched, seedlings transplanted in July.

	I won't answer for Arnold but we put put a smidgen of dirt and
	cover the exposed rhizomes right after the first hard frost and
	then put a very small convering of pine needles around the bearded
	iris and yes, right up to the stalk. No big deal with straw, etc.

	I was very much interested in John Montgomery's post and it is in
	my iris files....if I lived in Zone 5, I would do what John does.
	I am afraid to chance it with temps that can go down to -42 F degrees.
	But I am sufficiently bold enough to take two or three bearded and
	try leaving them 'naked' this winter and I will - ok, John?

	Also, to Griff and others who live in that freeze, thaw cycle
	territory of Zones 4-7, I instinctively feel (no scientist here :)
	you should go with John's shaving or trimming of roots since they
	seem to be of no use to you in the heaving, etc.

	Cheers on a beautiful but chilly Fall day,


Ellen Gallagher	\ e_galla@moose.ncia.net \ Lancaster, New Hampshire,USA
  USDA Zone 3a \ Northern White Mountains\ AIS Region 1 {New England}


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