In a message dated 10/8/2006 6:31:13 P.M. Central Standard Time,
there a PH difference or other significant soil difference between Alvaton and
where you now are?>
Griff, I can't speak to the subject with any authority since I didn't do a
test for PH at Alvaton. At one point I planted part of a row with
irises I'd bought to replace the ones I'd lost. Ruffled Ballet comes to
mind, but there were others. I placed approximately half a cup
of pelletized lime in the bottom of each hole and stirred it in before
I planted the irises. They lived. I'd read somewhere that the
acidity was probably the reason for my losses. Not Innerst
Since I've moved here I did put lime in all the planting holes or side
dressed with it. Early this spring I top dressed with lime. I feel
relatively sure this is the difference. The county agent said all the soil
in my county is acid, but I can't remember the exact ph. This was an
old feed lot/pasture and that assures it was even higher.
I don't usually lime in the fall but may this year so it can soak in with
the winter rains and fall through the cracks with the freeze and thaw.
Right now I have to find a spot to over winter 110 mum pots!!