Irises forum: Alpaca Manure for iris beds

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Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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Sep 1, 2015 6:09 AM CST
I am going to make some beds for irises over the upcoming weekend. There is a person locally who had Alpaca Manure for a good deal. It is dried Alpaca Gold (approx.) 15#s or 2 cubic ft. for $1.00. I was going to mix it with top soil and use that for the beds. Has anyone used it before? Any thoughts? Thanks.
Name: Mary Ann
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Sep 1, 2015 7:25 AM CST
I haven't a clue about Alpaca manure, Richard. I think it's important that it's aged, though. Composted horse manure is ok to use -- but it must be aged, or it is too hot to be used safely. I guess I'd require that of any manure that I put on my Irises. Shrug!
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Sep 1, 2015 8:31 AM CST
I would also consider laying a layer of just topsoil over the manure mix so the rhizomes don't sit directly on the manure mix. Just to decrease any chance of rotting.

Found this article about Alpaca - it appears it doesn't need aging:

Be careful with the nitrogen content though. Since it says Alpaca manure as a fair bit, it would a good idea to not add any other nitrogen amendments to the soil or you will get lots of leaves and not as much bloom.
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Name: Linnea
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Sep 1, 2015 10:31 PM CST
Could one add wood ashes later?
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