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Re: dutch bulbs

From: Steve Johndro <johndros@ainop.com>

Bill Shear wrote:
> From: Bill Shear <BILLS@hsc.edu>
> Pat--the key to growing dutch irises in colder climates seems to be to
> plant late, so that no foliage appears above ground before winter.  Here
> where winters are mild, the foliage that appears in fall or early winter
> survives most seasons.  Those harsh winters where it has been killed
> spelled the end for the bulbs, too.  I treat dutch iris as annuals, since
> few of the bulbs survive our hot humid summers and clay soil.  They are so
> cheap that it is worth replacing them each year.  Please try varieties from
> the "Beauty" series if you can find them, they are a real improvement.
> Bill Shear
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Bill thanks for the advice.  So far my dutch irises have survived one
winter.  Time will tell if they do another.  I'll look for the "Beauty"
series as you recommended.  Thanks  Pat

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