Hybridizer Melva O. Moon (1900-1990)¹

Santa Barbara, California, USA Registrations/Introductions:

Tall Bearded: 'Channel City', 'Rainbow Falls', 'San Marcos', 'San Simeon Bay',

FERTILIZER PAYS OFF—Perhaps you will be interested in my experiments with fertilizer. In January, 1948, I divided a bed of 150 Frieda Mohr in halves and each half into thirds. One half I left without fertitzer; the other I fertilized one section each with rabbit, cow and horse manure. In October I put oyster shells on 25, seaweed on 25, and guano on the last 25. You should have seen the bloom on all 75 of them! Newly set plants, and nearly everyone of them bloomed, while only 2 of the unfertilized ones bloomed at all.—Mrs. Melva Moon, Santa Barbara, Calif. [American Iris Society Bulletin 116(January 1950), 75.]
A certain grocer, new to the iris game, covered his rhizomes at least 4" deep with cow manure. I told him I feared they would burn or rot, but he was not much impressed, though he said he would remove some of it. I went back a few weeks later, and he had such an increase of fans on some of them that I could hardly recognize the place, and for a while, he did not lose a one. But-later they became infected, probably from rot organisms in the manure; the leaves turned yellow and spotted and only a quick removal of the manure, and a quick, thorough spraying, saved the plants at all. But he did get wonderful increase!—MRS. MELVA MOON, California. [Robins’ Roost, American Iris Society Bulletin 124(January 1952), 45.] :

¹ Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012., Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Death Index , 1935-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2014.

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