Discussions and Q and A about growing irises forum: Iris tectorum- Japanese Roof Iris

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Imagegemini_sage
May 1, 2010 5:35 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
I've been intrigued by these beauties for years, and wintersowed some seeds last year. I had 4 seedlings that I set out while small, and due to my overzealous planting they nearly got crowded out last summer and I lost a couple. They also experienced some heaving over winter, which took me down to one surviving seedling this spring. So I'm going to baby that remaining one, and am curious as to others experiences with them.

Do you grow I.tectorum? How do they perform in your garden? What are their likes and dislikes?
Imageirisarian
May 1, 2010 7:35 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
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We don't grow them ourselves. I am told that the blue is hardier in our area than the white. We are in zone 6a & friends are in zone 5b.
ImagePollyK
May 1, 2010 9:05 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

I grow the white. It seems easy. Part shade, quite dry. I have heard also the blue is harder to grow.
Imageirisarian
May 1, 2010 11:16 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
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White goes with anything--great for the garden.
Imagegemini_sage
May 1, 2010 4:13 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
Partial shade and dry- that I can easily provide! I'm excited to see which color it will be, but it will be at least next year before it blooms. It's still quite small, but has beefed up a bit this spring.
ImageDaylilyDiva219
May 17, 2011 7:31 PM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
Neal, are you still here? I just came across this thread and am curious to know what's happened. Did you get bloom this season,and if so, what color was it? Ears perked up!

I got some Blue Iris tectorum from a neighbor, and it's very happy most any place in my yard - full sun, partial shade, you name it. It probably doesn't like wet conditions, but I don't have any of that in any case. Hilarious!

I hope yours is as carefree!
Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
Imagekareoke
May 18, 2011 4:50 PM CST
Name: Doris Klene
Greensburg,Indiana.
Horse,cattle owners click klenepipe
I am growing Iris but know nothing about them, right now they are getting beaten to death by the cild and rain, no sun.
I love this white one.
Imagekareoke
May 18, 2011 4:52 PM CST
Name: Doris Klene
Greensburg,Indiana.
Horse,cattle owners click klenepipe
ooops hit wrong button
Thumb of 2011-05-18/kareoke/7263b9
Imagegemini_sage
May 19, 2011 5:18 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
Barb, that baby did bloom, the last one faded a few days ago. It was violet purple and so lovely! It only produced one bloom stem, but the plant has developed into a nice little clump, so I'm confident it will make a nice show next year. It has been so exciting to see my first Iris from seed bloom!

Doris, that is lovely! Is it an Iris tectorum?
Imagekareoke
May 20, 2011 5:51 AM CST
Name: Doris Klene
Greensburg,Indiana.
Horse,cattle owners click klenepipe
Neal sorry to say I do not know, all my name tags have been destroyed by so much rain and buried in the mud, I worked so hard tagging them too I will need to change that.
ImageDaylilyDiva219
May 20, 2011 8:44 AM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
Neal, what great news! Hurray! Did you get a picture of the "new baby"? They grow so quickly (at least in my experience) I'm sure you'll have a really nice display next year. Thumbs up

Doris, I feel your pain about lost and destroyed tags. I was digging around my clumps of iris yesterday in hopes of getting some IDs. Sometimes I found only half a tag, but I was fortunate that there were at least a couple of letters left on them, and I knew what I had in general, so I could take a fairly educated guess. Sticking tongue out
Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
Imagegemini_sage
May 20, 2011 5:35 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
Thanks, Barb! Unfortunately, I didn't get a pic; I've gotta wait till next month to replace my dead camera, and it has driven me nuts this spring! That plant does indeed look like it will be a lovely clump next spring. It is showing about a dozen fans of varying sizes now, at least half of them the same size as the one that bloomed.

Doris, now that I've looked at your pic again, I think it is a bearded. The angle made it difficult to see the beards.

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