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Jun 30, 2013 11:21 PM CST
|do i wrap them in news print and send them in a usps box?|
Jul 1, 2013 7:17 AM CST
|I wash all dirt from them, give them a spray with 10% bleach water, let them dry for one or two days, in the shade . I don't wrap the rhizomes, but use |
shredded or crumpled newspaper to pack around them( or excelsior, if I have it) to help absorb any remaining moisture, and to stop them from shifting around in the box. I generally cut the leaves to 4"-6", but leave as many of the roots as possible, but some folks trim the roots back, also....Arlyn
Jul 1, 2013 7:26 AM CST
|I trim the leaves back to 5"-6" in a fan shape, and trim the roots back to 3" or so, and use a Sharpie pen to write ID on a leaf. Then I wash the rhizomes (not leaves) in 10% bleach water, let them dry thoroughly, and pack them in a priority box using shredded paper to stabilize them in the box. Once the box is all taped up, I use scissors to poke holes in all four sides of the box for ventilation.|
Sometimes it takes me a week or two to dig all the Irises that are going to one person. Once they have dried from being washed, it's no problem for them to wait in a dry location for shipment.
Hope this helps.
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
Jul 1, 2013 8:04 AM CST
|We write ID on leaves. In addition use my string tags with name attached to rhizome.|
Jul 1, 2013 10:56 AM CST
|Awesome! thanks for the great info!|