Irises forum: Iris Borer discussion with humor

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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
May 1, 2014 8:05 PM CST
Thought you all would get a kick out of this article.

http://www.dvis-ais.org/iris-borrers.html

Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
May 1, 2014 9:24 PM CST
Great article! The way it has been raining here, we all need scuba gear, not just borers.
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
May 2, 2014 6:22 AM CST
That's a nice write-up ! Thanks...Arlyn
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
May 2, 2014 6:32 AM CST
I enjoyed it too, Greg -- thanks for the link. Smiling
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
May 2, 2014 6:58 AM CST
Besides getting a good chuckle, I learned a few things. Thanks!
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
May 2, 2014 7:25 AM CST
Guy's got a sense of humor, for sure!! Hilarious!
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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
May 2, 2014 8:12 AM CST
Humorous and informative.
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
May 2, 2014 9:25 AM CST
You should see how he dresses! Quite the character.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
May 2, 2014 9:27 AM CST
Brilliant. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Katherine Howe
Raytown(Kansas City) MO
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irisawe
May 2, 2014 9:27 AM CST
A good read. Laughed out loud when he spoke of singing the Circle of Life. Too funny, good humor!

On a more serious note there were two points that I found a bit confusing. One, when he described the borer, and the other when he described the moth that produces the borer. The borers I have seen that appear mature are much larger than described. I have found them to be nearly two inches long and fatter than a number 2 pencil. Obviously, they start quite teeny and can be found at any size along the way to maturity. Their color is a pale fleshy gray, yuck. The moth I have seen in person and pictures of is not white, but what I would call muddy gray and mottled with darker pigment to camouflage it, no doubt. We may be talking about more than one kind of iris borer. I hate to think about that possibility. Everything else he described was right on the money from my own ugly experience. It was by far the best article I have read on the subject.

Thank you, Greg, for getting that to us on here. Thumbs up Thank You!

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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
May 2, 2014 9:29 AM CST
You see the big borers. We have found them white when very tiny. I have never seen the moths.
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
May 2, 2014 9:30 AM CST
The mature borers that I find in rhizomes usually are larger than a number 2 pencil as well. They don't get to two inches long though, at least not in my neck of the woods.
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Name: Katherine Howe
Raytown(Kansas City) MO
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irisawe
May 2, 2014 10:30 AM CST
Greg, when you see them at the mature size it can be shocking. Possibly I exaggerate from shock, but not by much. I am certain I have seen them 1.75 inches and no exaggeration in it. Even got out my ruler here at work to refresh me in just what that looks like and easily I have seen them at 1.75. The bigger they are the better target for my weapon whatever that might be at the time. The range in size is also amazing. I had never seen the teeny ones until last year and I found one rhizome with a variety of sizes and drowned them all. That was a visual lesson in range. The tiniest were white.

As I type I am getting squeamish. They are really repulsive looking to me. I treated heavier, ealier and more thoroughly this year than ever, as a result of what I saw at the end of the season last year. I had suffered an auto accident and for weeks lost my ability to garden effectively. By the time I got back to it a toll had been taken that I won't soon forget. Makes me want to get out there and treat again after going over this topic.

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Katherine
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
May 2, 2014 11:34 AM CST
I have never seen one. I have never lost a lot of irises. I have had some just dwindle away refusing to thrive but no instances of goop on the leaves or moths or borers that I have seen or holes in the rhizomes. Now, that being said my irises will probably get a text book case. I don't want to see a fat, gray repulsive thing anywhere! ......especially on something that I take such joy in. Talk about nightmares!
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
May 2, 2014 1:18 PM CST
I thought the canker worms that come down from the trees and nibble on all my plant leaves were obnoxious enough to kill. Not sure I could get the courage to squish a big fat borer. I would have to trowel it to death.
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