Viewing post #895614 by Muddymitts
|Hoo-boy -- you're gonna be missing out on a lot of Irises. There are years when almost every bloom stalk of mine needs staking. Either the blossoms are so large and heavy to begin with that they need support, or there's lots of rain and the weight of the water on large blooms pulls them over, or we have high winds (not uncommon in the Spring) and they lay down so far they can't get back up, plus certain varieties just don't have very strong bloom stalks and are always going to need support -- but the blooms are gorgeous. Also, depending on whether your soil provides optimum nutrients for strong stalks -- you might need to stake. There are lots of reasons why Irises need staking. One of the best ways to make sure that your Irises don't need staking is to make sure that they never get over-crowded. If they're over-crowded, oftentimes the new rhizomes will grow off at an angle -- so the bloom stalks are going to be growing at an angle and are prime candidates for falling over.
I'm very grateful that there is such a thing as a good, viable stake available for those times that I need them. The green metal ones sold by Lowes/Home Depot/Walmart are perfect for the job, easy to handle and not very expensive. FWIW.
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