mouldy Iris winogradowii

Rodger Whitlock
Fri, 27 May 2005 16:14:48 PDT
On 27 May 05 at 11:04, John Lonsdale wrote:

> Iris winogradowii is a royal pain to grow!

Quite the contrary! <smug grin>

I've had it in pots for years and my main problem has been
preventing excessive dessication during our dry summers.
The best Iw ever did for me was in a large terra cotta pot
plunged in a raised sand bed; every morning before I made
tea I'd rush out the back door in my bathrobe and pour
yesterday's cold tea on the pot.

Worked great.

A suggestion that might help others in unsuitable climates: 
when you plant your bulb(s) of Iw, completely surround the 
bulb with clean sand so it is not in direct contact with 
the soil, whether in a pot or in the open ground. I have 
the idea that this helps prevent fungi from getting to the 
bulb; and it certainly won't do any harm.

BTW, pronunciamentation refresher: that specific epithet 
"winogradowii" is a Latinized version of the German 
transliteration of a Russian name. Say "vinogradovii".

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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