Re: losing rhizomes
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!
Enid Lake, MS 7/8