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Re: CULT: fertilizing irises

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: CULT: fertilizing irises
  • From: Dorothy Fingerhood <daf10@cornell.edu>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 04:44:40 -0600 (MDT)

At 05:25 PM 9/21/97 -0600, you wrote:
>Can anyone tell me if dug and divided irises should be fertilized in the
>fall just before frost and what is the best fertilizer to use?
>Rima  terra@catsksill.net
>upstate ny   zone 4

Rima, welcome back; hope your vacation was enjoyable.  I would NOT
fertilize at this time of the year or later.  Don't want to promote any
tender growth that will just be blasted in a few weeks (days?).  We had a
frost warning last night, but I haven't looked outside yet!  I'm chicken!  

If you really feel the need, go with something low in nitrogen.  Some
well-seasoned compost may act as a good soil conditioner if you scratch in
in just a bit.

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