Irises forum: Rabbit manure as fertilizer in iris beds

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Name: Jen Jax
Northern Kentucky (Zone 6a)
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Boxergirl
Aug 17, 2015 5:39 AM CST
Does any one have any experience using rabbit manure in their Iris beds. I have used it on my berry plants for years but never tried it on my iris. Looking to see if anyone has experience with it.

Thanks!
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Aug 17, 2015 5:56 AM CST
nope
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Aug 17, 2015 6:31 AM CST
Any manure will work as long as it's been composed and the temperature got hot enough. I use mostly horse manure because that's what I have, but I let it decompose for 3 or 4 years. I surely wouldn't put fresh manure on them. I just till a bit into the soil as I prepare a bed.
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Name: Linnea
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Linneaj
Aug 17, 2015 8:26 AM CST
Goat manure can go on right away - no need to compost.

Years ago, I threw scattered rabbit poo around the vegetable garden and it was fine, but it was not all piled in one place.

If it were a pile of rabbit poo, I would toss it in with the vegetable compost.
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Frillylily
Aug 17, 2015 8:29 AM CST
I don't think rabbit manure needs to be composted. You can use it straight.
Name: Linnea
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Linneaj
Aug 17, 2015 8:32 AM CST
Yup. It is considered a cold manure. You can use it without composting. Plenty of info on the net. Here is one article: http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/8156/rabbit-manure-in-...
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Name: Jen Jax
Northern Kentucky (Zone 6a)
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Boxergirl
Aug 17, 2015 10:16 AM CST
Yes rabbit manure is considered a cold manure you just sprinkle them around. It won't burn plants, you just use it as is. No compost or decomposition required. I already use it on other things in the garden it's great for attracting and growing worms. I was asking more for the purpose of the nitrogen content of it. It's higher in nitrogen then all other manures. That's why I was wondering if anyone had experience with already using it in their iris beds. To much nitrogen can cause the iris not to bloom or also speeds rot.
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Aug 17, 2015 10:43 AM CST
Well let me tell you about an experience I had with fresh rabbit manure. Two winters ago, the iris bed next to my house was a gathering place for rabbits to get shelter. They left their calling card in many places there. That next spring I had the worst case of rot I ever had only in that bed. No other beds were affected. It wasn't about burning, it was about the undesirable bacteria. Since then I fence that off during the winter to keep them out, and I haven't had a problem since in that bed. It might be fine for other crops, but I wouldn't use it fresh on my irises. IMHO
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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Aug 17, 2015 11:09 AM CST
that could have been urine, not the manure. Urine is very acidic and will ruin plants if it is on directly or often.
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Aug 17, 2015 5:21 PM CST
NUTRIENT COMPOSITION OF COMMON MATERIALS

Material Nitrogen % Phosphorus % Potassium % Comments
Chicken Manure (fresh) 1.6 -1.5 -0.9 Compost, or delay planting at least 3 wks.
Cow Manure (fresh) 0.3- 0.2 -0.1 Compost, or delay planting at least 3 wks.
Horse Manure (fresh) 0.7 -0.3 -0.6 Compost, or delay planting at least 3 wks.
Pig Manure (fresh) 0.5- 0.3- 0.5 Compost, or delay planting at least 3 wks.
Rabbit Manure (fresh) 2.4 -1.4 -0.6 Compost, or delay planting at least 3 wks.
Sheep Manure (fresh) 0.7- 0.3 -0.9 Compost, or delay planting at least 3 wks.
Worm Castings 0.5 -0.5 -0.3 High in organic matter. Already Composted
I found this online, and thought it might be helpful
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Aug 18, 2015 12:27 PM CST
I would not have thought rabbit manure would be highest in nitrogen, very interesting!
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Aug 18, 2015 12:32 PM CST
I would assume that the 'critters" diet would affect ALL these #'s, to some extent. And, the 'amount used" would make a huge difference in the effect on plants, as well......5# of fresh hog poo, spread and mixed evenly over a 100 sq, ft. area might be alright...but spread around one small clump..............not so much !

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