Irises forum: "Goners" 2018

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Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
Irises Region: Virginia Keeper of Poultry Cat Lover Garden Procrastinator
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UndyingLight
Oct 18, 2018 11:16 AM CST
Me four! Group hug
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Oct 18, 2018 1:23 PM CST
Group hug 😖 bonnie.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Oct 18, 2018 2:25 PM CST
Tom - I know that Barry Blyth used lime as a preventative. In his catalog from about 3 or 4 years ago he had a section that discussed using lime. Wish I still had a link to that catalog.

Bonnie - so sorry about your little ones. I am losing all the new ones I got from MidAmerica. They have such tight fans and the rain and humidity just make them rot. So frustrating. I am considering cutting off all the main fans and trying to get all the increases to grow instead. It may take an extra year but it is better to wait then have them rot.
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Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Oct 18, 2018 2:46 PM CST
Sorry, Leslie, for your problems with your little guys.
Sounds like cutting off the main fans might be a good idea, but, boy, is delaying bloom for a year is hard to do. Crying
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Oct 18, 2018 3:49 PM CST
Lestv said:Tom - I know that Barry Blyth used lime as a preventative. In his catalog from about 3 or 4 years ago he had a section that discussed using lime. Wish I still had a link to that catalog.

Bonnie - so sorry about your little ones. I am losing all the new ones I got from MidAmerica. They have such tight fans and the rain and humidity just make them rot. So frustrating. I am considering cutting off all the main fans and trying to get all the increases to grow instead. It may take an extra year but it is better to wait then have them rot.


UndertheSun said:@janwax

Jan, this was mentioned it Tempo Two's catalog... "A heavy application of lime around your Iris plants in
Winter will help control leaf spot in Spring". I've never tried it, but I think I will test it out on some NoID beds.

The lime tip was mentioned on page 23 on the downloaded .PDF 2016-2017 catalog.


I had this bookmarked, but unfortunately I don't have the tip downloaded. D'Oh!
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Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
Oct 18, 2018 4:11 PM CST
Group hug Bonnie. I am not surprised that Bonnie plus a couple of other people have all sdb cultivars between them.
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Oct 18, 2018 4:12 PM CST
I found the Tempo Two's catalog on line. I took a partial photo of page 23. I'm not very good on the computer, but I got this far. Hilarious! looking at the old catalog I sure miss all their beautiful iris.
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Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Oct 18, 2018 4:14 PM CST
AndreaD said:Sorry, Leslie, for your problems with your little guys.
Sounds like cutting off the main fans might be a good idea, but, boy, is delaying bloom for a year is hard to do. Crying


I agree Sad
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
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Henhouse
Oct 19, 2018 1:55 AM CST
Just doing some catching up..
The storms and hurricanes have hit so many of you. The good new I heard today is that the south will have fewer storms/less rain next season. LA and the Rockies will get more rain.. Milder winter in the northern states. The middle of California can go either way.
I'm feeling lucky by comparison. I've only had a few bald rhizomes, and very little rot over the summer. I did scatter some lime in one bed that had a lot,of rot last spring.. we'll see how well it works..

Speaking of goners, I had to take out a very beloved Nothhofagus due toSudden Oak Death. If you saw 1%ethe hobbit movie with the Orc war in a forest.. that was a Nothofagus forest. I just had one, but it was lovely. We had a huge fir that was dying from something else that we
.had taken down..then the PG&E crew mostly took down what they were calling a lodge pole pine. They left a 30'tall stump, with 15" long rounds.. I may try to chop them, then stack them against the fence. I'm getting too old for this nonsense, .... yet tired of paying folks to do something I think I can still do.
For those with losses this year, hit me up in the spring, and I'll see what I can offer to replace..
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Oct 19, 2018 8:21 AM CST
I think , from what I've read, that the reason the lime kelps with both rot, and leafspot, is twofold. 1st, the lime increases the ph of the soil enough that neither the bacteria, or the fungus, can really "prosper"(which would also explain why *Comet cleanser works so well on bacterial rot...besides the "bleach" which is anti bacterial, the "soap" raises the ph), and secondly, I think, in most cases the ph in our beds is "too low" (too acid) because of the fertilizers we use, and raising the ph ...to the proper level...makes the plant healthier, and thus, more resistant to disease Shrug!
Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 7a)
genealogist specializing in French
Irises Region: Utah Hostas Bulbs Heucheras Butterflies
cbunny41
Oct 19, 2018 6:44 PM CST
On the subject of lime remember that is for those with whose ph is in the acidic range. And do not use lime on any iris that want acidic soil, like Japanese.

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