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Re: SPEC: Questions

From: Pooreplace@aol.com

<<Glenn Simmons writes he has no info on Louisianas...   

They are very easy to grow if you give them plenty of room.  Amend your soils
to include a lot of peat &/or compost.  Dig big hole & leave a bit of spare
room at the top (in other words you don't have to make it even with ground
level.)  This way it can fill or be filled with water once a week or as

Don't put the Louisianas any closer than a foot or 2 to each other.  Backfill
once rhizomes are in.  Throw in or spread around some Azalea/Rhododendron
fertilizer or Ammonium sulfate but don't let it touch the rhizomes.
Louisianas require a bit more soil on top of them than do beardeds so this
should not be a problem.    

Water in thoroughly at a slow rate & stand back.  That's how we do it here &
they do great.  Go out and look at them this winter when it snows & they will
be lurching 8 inches to a foot taller when they get the blanket of snow &
added moisture.  You should reapply some of that same fertilizer again in late
February or March to help with bloom.  Louisianas are heavy feeders.

Also be prepared for them to leap & waunder.  All are somewhat bad at this but
RED ECHO is the worst.  It has even jumped yards by going under my sidewalk!

Cheers,  Kathy Poore,  OKC, OK
Region 22, Zone 7

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