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by avigil on June 03, 2004 04:21 AM
I'm planning to plant Dutch Iris this fall. I remember my mother-in-law telling me that when she placed bark multch around her iris', they quit blooming. I normally use bark multch around everything! I can only imagine it's because of the high nitrogen content in bark multch. Is this true?

Thanks for your help.
by weezie13 on June 03, 2004 04:38 AM
Avigil,
Not the nitrogen, they just don't like things on top of them or too wet..

They like their rhyzomes' on top of the dirt with
the roots going into the dirt..
Nothing sprinkled on top of them either...
(*I found that out the hard way when I first started gardening! [Embarrassed] [Frown] )

I do know there is a bunch of gardeners here
that grow them, and may also come thru and offer some info on them.....

What else do you grow??? [critic] [gabby]

Weezie

P.S. My brother lives in Oregon, in Cornelius..
(used to live in Eugene) Close or no cigar??????

We also have several very nice members from there too! [thumb]

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
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by Newt on June 05, 2004 12:01 AM
Hi Avigil,
Actually, Dutch iris - Iris xiphium is a bulb, not a rhizome, so I don't see why mulch would hurt them. They do best in zones 8 and 9.

http://www.bulb.com/springguide98/iris.asp

Newt

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When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
by weezie13 on June 05, 2004 03:42 PM
Oh, sure Newt,
You caught me speed reading!!!

Yep, she's right, I read the word Iris,
and thought the first one automatically.

She's got the right info!!! [thumb] [teacher] [critic] [shocked]

Thanks Newt!!! [kissies]

Weezie

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by Newt on June 05, 2004 07:46 PM
Weezie, that's ok, you'll probably catch me next! I do the same thing sometimes. I did that on one forum and everyone got so mad at me and said such awful things that I never went back there. It was not the kind of mistake that would have destroyed a garden, but sheesh, they were mad and I was new there. Oh well, live and learn! [perplexed]

Newt

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