RE: CULT: winter care?
I actually leave my TBs bare. I have sometimes mulched new expensive
purchases or late plantings. But then, we have a lot of snowfall and it
takes a lot of thaw in the freeze-thaws to remove the snow. In a normal
year, snow remains on the ground well into April - snow banks are
generally over five feet in February.
Ottawa, Canada (zone 4)
From: Ellen Gallagher [SMTP:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 1997 11:18 AM
To: Mark, Maureen; Multiple recipients of list
Subject: 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
>well-rooted, but unmulched, seedlings transplanted in
I won't answer for Arnold but we put put a smidgen of
cover the exposed rhizomes right after the first hard
then put a very small convering of pine needles around
iris and yes, right up to the stalk. No big deal with
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
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
try leaving them 'naked' this winter and I will - ok,
Also, to Griff and others who live in that freeze, thaw
territory of Zones 4-7, I instinctively feel (no
scientist here :)
you should go with John's shaving or trimming of roots
seem to be of no use to you in the heaving, etc.
Cheers on a beautiful but chilly Fall day,
Ellen Gallagher \ firstname.lastname@example.org \ Lancaster,
USDA Zone 3a \ Northern White Mountains\ AIS Region 1