This picture shows two balded rhizomes. The one on the right still has one
living root, but shows unmistakable signs of balding. It will not multiply and will soon
die. I am posting it because I
believe many of you have never seen this syndrome. You are
had a few laughs from the jokes about balding in irises, but the real thing is
far from funny. One can lose an
entire clump of a favorite iris from it. In fact I lost the most beautiful
seedling I’ve ever had from balding.
I know that it is caused from some combination of culture, environment
and genetics, but I certainly wish that I understood it better. I’ve seen a lot less of it now than I
did last year, even though this summer has been hotter than last. I can’t understand it. The above rhizomes are from Man About
Town, badly affected in a row where most have very vigorous, healthy clumps.
Last year I had some balded
rhizomes in nearly everything.
it, like Scorch, something that is a complete mystery to everyone? So far we have no Scorch in
Glendale, AZ Zone