Irises forum: Compost and Iris

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Oct 13, 2013 6:05 AM CST
My grandson is composting my perennial gardens.
I dont have raised iris beds but plant my iris with other perennials for a natueral look.
Grandson has composted everything including iris.Is this harmfull?
Should I clean compost away from rizomes?
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Oct 13, 2013 6:21 AM CST
Yes, pull the compost away from the rhizomes for a few inches. Decaying compost can encourage soft rot. Iris roots spread and will get the benefit of the compost as it breaks down.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Oct 13, 2013 7:12 AM CST
Thanks for the prompt reply.
I will tell GS not to put compost on the rest of the Iris areas.
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Oct 13, 2013 9:35 AM CST
Jo Ann.......Next spring I will put a couple of handfuls of alfalfa pellets around the clumps of iris. I think it does wonders.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Muddymitts
Oct 13, 2013 6:27 PM CST
I wanted to do that this Fall, and just never got to it. I'm glad to hear it can be done in the Spring as well. Thanks for the tip, Paul!!
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Oct 14, 2013 2:38 AM CST
It was a good thing only 1/4 th of the iris had been composted.Garden helper came and did the rest of the gardens and after a demonstration of composting around the plants ,all is well in the last 4 gardens.It rained last night.Life is good and my Lily bulbs from Hyde are here.I can plant lilies before the weather turnd bitter and planting meand numb fingers,watery eyes and runny nose.
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jdlucky1
Oct 15, 2013 9:33 PM CST
Where can a person buy alfalfa pellets? I've looked around and haven't found them.
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Oct 16, 2013 12:54 AM CST
I don't know where you are but we still have farm supply stores here......Inter-mountain Farmers where I get them. Pellets are for rabbits. There is a larger version, cubes, which are for horses. They are larger and are slower to break down but are OK if you can't get the other. If you don't have a farm store try somewhere like Pets-R-Us or somewhere that sells Pet Supplies. Be certain to ask for pellets that are straight alfalfa....no additives.
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Oct 16, 2013 7:26 AM CST
Sometimes you can find alfalfa meal.
Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
Oct 16, 2013 7:27 AM CST
JD -- you might have a Tractor Supply in your area? Or a farmer's coop? Any place that sells horse feed. Alfalfa comes in both pellets and cubes for horses, and comes in 50 lb. bags. I know for certain that Tractor Supply sells both, so if you have a TS -- you can get them there.
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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Oct 17, 2013 10:27 AM CST
I have gone the Alfalfa meal route instead of the pellets. I am a cheapskate and the meal was much cheaper than the pellets. I did have to go to the next county over (Lancaster PA) into Amish country and buy it from the Amish or Mennonite store. I coupled this with a visit to a friends house/garden to talk iris!
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Oct 17, 2013 2:51 PM CST
Might as well do 2 things. ☺

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UndertheSun
Oct 22, 2013 1:49 PM CST
With all the wild rabbits in my area, I'm afraid of using alfalfa in my garden.

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