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Re: Discussion on Iris borers

  • Subject: Re: Discussion on Iris borers
  • From: dwiris@aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2007 22:31:15 EST

Hi Tom,
If you found iris borer pupae under the Siberian irises, they had eaten some of your rhizomes during the summer.  They do not eat the rootlets, but, it they eat all the rhizomes, you will lose the plants.  This has happened to us.  Entire clumps have disappeared because we didn't notice in time.  I don't know of any non-chemical way to prevent this except for constant vigilance to detect the beginnings of damage and catching the active borers.  Some growers burn over the Siberian beds in the fall to destroy any eggs that have been laid.  The eggs begin to hatch in zone 6 in April and continue for a number of weeks.  Hope this helps.

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