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    Laura, to the best of my knowledge, you're not supposed to plant iris deep. You're supposed to plant the rhizomes halfway in the soil, so the top half of them is exposed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (LauraZ5 @ May 22 2005,1:50)]DH is generally a tongue in cheek acronym for Darling Husband. Me thinks we all better be auctioning off your life if your little woman is referring to you as FH. Not good. Not good at all. Pray tell SS, what did you do?
    She *assures* me that it stands for "Fantastic Husband".

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    From my husband - gardners should do their own gardening.

    From me - I to have lost many a plant to my poor colored huband, then I got smart and put wide boarder around all of my gardens.
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    I hate mowing. Gardening is perfect but mowing is a pain. This is exactly why I am eliminating the grass as fast as possible in the yard. Then I will never have to mow. Now if only I could get dumb Jonny who mows the common area of the neigborhood next door to avoid going down the hil that is all planted up that would be wonderful. If only I knew his addy I could gsend him a pamphlet describing what bushs, flowers and grass look like.

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    April, partially exposed is best for iris but... something is going on by him if his iris aren't coming back. That usually means they are over exposed or somebody is trimming them right after they bloom as opposed to allowing them to die back naturally. Tulips and daffodils I've been planting 4" deeper than that which is recommended and my tulips are actually multiplying. Come to think of it, I have another thought regarding his iris. They could be biting the dust due to a fungus. I take it for granted that I soak my iris rhizomes for 24 to 48 hours before I plant them in the fall replacing the water with fresh water the first day. Then after they are pretty well hydrated, I dip them in a 1 part bleach/4 parts water solution before sticking them in the ground.

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    They could be biting the dust due to a lot of things. Fungus/Rot is what you get when you plant Iris too deep, or so I have been told by people who collect them. It could also be Iris Borer. It could also be that the plants are from Wal-Mart. I'm sorry to say that I suspect the latter. I'm not at all saying that bleach water is a bad idea, that's what I will do this fall when I divide my Iris.

    That is, if FH (and the F doesn't stand for fantastic kiddies, he's just been upgraded) doesn't kill them before then. He means well...but jeez.

    Last Wednesday...I stayed home from work to wait for someone to come fix our new stove. I painstakingly (my left hand doesn't work very well)transplanted teeny native plant seedlings from their winter-sown containers to bigger pots so they could grow out a bit. FH was messing around with the outside hose spigot and shot a huge blast of water into my painstakingly transplanted seedlings. I WAS able to save these. Which is why, at this point, he is still alive.

    Come on people...bid and save this poor man's life! He can't tell the difference between grass and Kentucky Wisteria! Help him live long enough to be able to!
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (LauraZ5 @ May 22 2005,3:24)]They could be biting the dust due to a fungus. I take it for granted that I soak my iris rhizomes for 24 to 48 hours before I plant them in the fall replacing the water with fresh water the first day. Then after they are pretty well hydrated, I dip them in a 1 part bleach/4 parts water solution before sticking them in the ground.
    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll have to try the bleach solution. I actually soaked the last rhizomes I bought for 72hrs because they were so desicated and was suprised at the difference it made in their appearance. I did a water change each day. One of the iris came back strong this year and is developing flower buds. Now if I can just keep the D%$#@ed deer from eating it. The other iris I planted didn't make it through the winter apparently. And I think that could well be because of fungus weakening it. Do you happen to know if the bleach solution would be OK to use on peony roots?
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    I've never tried bleach on peony roots but don't see why not.

    Steve, I've got hundreds of iris here. Many of which are re-bloomers which nobody ever seems to be able to get to rebloom but mine do. Just for the heck of it, buy 3 iris from any big box store next fall. Do hydrate them all. Drop them all in bleach and plant two at the traditional depth and plant one slightly deeper by at least an inch. Tell me which ones survive next spring. It's been my experience that they right themselves and come up to the level they want to be at yet the first year they are in the ground they get a little added protection from the elements. The other thing you might want to consider is that a drought in winter can be worse than a drought in summer. If you don't get enough snow to cover the ground through out the course of winter, then chances are pretty good your rhizomes are drying out. I have taken a garden hose and gone out and watered my iris in January before. I look like an absolute idiot but hey... my iris look pretty darn good and the vast majority of mine are bearded and from Walmart. I do have bearded from quality nurseries but probably not more than a hundred or so. The dutch are all from Van Engelens (sp?).

    Regarding the deer...
    first comment ***bang***
    second comment ***support hunters***

    Edited to add that I have no intentions of bidding on April's husband. No way do I want any more "mad hackers" on the loose. I say "off with his head".

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