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Hundreds of flowers entered into Iris show exhibit

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Garden experts and flower enthusiasts were on hand at the UNL Extension Center in Scottsbluff for the annual spring Iris show. There were more than 184 entries this year.

Co-chairman LeRoy Meininger says irises are tough to grow in this part of the state.

He says growers usually fertilize their plants six week before bloom season which is around April 15th.

Two weeks before the show, they'll pick out irises that will have bloom stocks and start prepping them.

Meininger says Mother Nature doesn't always cooperate with Nebraska.
"You get a late freeze, flowers that are deformed, change colors or sometimes they don't bloom. You get hail storms, we work around all that. It's just like in the fall you learn to cover up your irises like you cover up your tomatoes," said Meininger.
The iris club meets at 5:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the UNL extension center.
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