If I remember correctly, weather records have been kept here for 139
years. Until this summer, we've never gone without hitting the 90 degree
mark before. In addition, our natural overhead watering system worked with
remarkable regularity this summer. I did one good soak of all the
rebloomers about the 3rd week of August.
When I plant, I take off the first 4-6 inches of soil & set it aside,
then dig deep and wide and mix in about 20% composted horse manure and a handful
of 6-24-24 fertilizer. I sprinkle a little triple phosphate on top of
that, then use the topsoil I took off at the start to plant the iris.
I fertilize about the first week of April and July sprinkling the same
6-24-24 (from the Farm Bureau Co-op) around each clump, rebloomer or not.
Patrick - Your photo of JR looks suspiciously like my Foxy Lady. How
sure are you?
You might feel a little better looking at this photo, taken today, of the
same stalk ( the first photo was taken 5 days ago). Yes, this is a
single stalk. Note I only have 5 rhyzomes and the one closest to the
mortar in the little brick wall is the one blooming. Make of that what you
will. The little nylon net bags are to keep the spotted potato beetles and
Japanese beetles from stealing my pollen bank deposits. IMHO, JR's main
faults are spindly stalks and slow increase, but I think it's a decent
jumping-off point for my Zone 5 pink rebloomer crusade.
Mary Lou, near Indianapolis,
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