are being eaten
have quite a few irises which are the bearded type, but alas the
cows got in and ate them approx. two thirds down, leaving a very
even third of the foliage. The tubers are still in the ground. How
will this affect the flowering next year, or can I say goodbye to
them ever flowering again?
cows have done you a favour. Bearded irises can be cut back by about
a third once they have finished flowering to tidy them up
more than it being a necessity.
The important thing about
the bearded iris is that the rhizome is not buried too deeply and
it is sitting on the surface of the soil. The rhizome needs to be
exposed to guarantee good flowering.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
from the previous
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