shizen said:interesting about the powdered milk. i've used evaporated milk, straight from the can to emulsify an ink stain on clothing before laundering.
tveguy3 said:It must be the gnomes, Panda wouldn't do that!
shizen said:it might mary anne, i would try it first on a small inconspicuous place with a q-tip. this method, spreads the color out a lot so you have to have some way to really "launder" the spot.
the type of milk has to be either cream or evaporated milk ( not condensed, skimmed or low fat milk). it has something to do with the fat content of the milk emulsifying the pigment in the ink, so it can be washed away. wouldn't want your home to smell like baby formula altho' your dog might like it.
janwax said:This book, Iris Culture and Hybridizing for Everyone, was published in 1961 and is out of print. It's by Wilma L. Vallette. I found a copy online and last night began reading it. I know that the information in it is over 50 years old, but it's encyclopedic! The author has collected information from 300 experienced iris growers. I'm "saving" the first chapter for later. All about chromosomes and such - need a clear head for that - and went straight to culture. Already I've discovered ideas I've not seen before. She deals a lot with rot...and suggests the use of Aureomycin and Terramycin to control it, among other things. I googled it, and Aureomycin is still used in cattle feed to control bacterial outbreaks. I wonder if modern irisarians use it?
Another eyebrow-raiser is the use of powdered skim milk mixed with water on the plants!
Raves! Superior irises result! This sounds like an easy one to try.
So much information, I've barely scratched the surface!