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Re: losing rhizomes

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: losing rhizomes
  • From: "Walter A. Moores" <wam2@Ra.MsState.EDU>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Sep 1997 12:14:27 -0600 (MDT)

On Thu, 25 Sep 1997 Irisborer@aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 97-09-24 23:38:38 EDT, you write:
> >  I was wanting to know if there is anything that I can do this 
> >late in the season to help the irises short of moving them?  I have a 
> >feeling that I can't do much and I will have to learn from this mistake.  
> >
> >
> Oh Rosalind!  You sound so unhappy!   In my garden, a dead iris is an
> opportunity - a place to plant something else.
> I'm kidding with you.  Yes - your site sounds like it might be too wet and
> too shady for successfully growing BEARDED iris.  I wouldn't do anything
> about it this year - I don't think you'd gain any advantage and they're most
> likely going dormant now anyway.
> This is what you can think about in the spring, however... find yourself a
> spot with at least 6 hours of sun and, taking a large chunk of soil with it,
> move your irises.  If you, like me, have a rather moist yard - prepare a spot
> that's raised (I just heap up the dirt and then plunk a stone here and there
> to keep it in place.  
> Then, back at the ranch... find yourself some siberian irises for that
> northern garage exposure.  They can tolerate less sun and they'll appreciate
> the moisture.
> See, Rosalind, you have the right conditions... but the wrong iris!
> Kathyguest - E. Aurora, NY
	Or, you can take your digging fork, stick it under the clump, and
raise it gently.  Then poke under the elevated clump a good handful of
alfalfa pellets and another handful of peat moss.  Push the clump back
into position.  Water it if it needs some.  Do this now!

	Walter Moores
	Enid Lake, MS 7/8

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