Discussions and Q and A about growing irises forum: Are all you Iris planted already this year?

 
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ImageNewyorkrita
Aug 23, 2010 3:52 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
I just received two small orders this past week and just planted them over the weekend. Then I am still waiting on my last order of the year which has not shipped yet. I only ordered these around August 10th so that's late for me. I much prefer to plant my iris in July. Next year I will definately be more organised and order earlier. But then some places I ordered really early this year still waited really late to ship.

My last order is 15 iris from Rockytop Iris in TN. That will be it for me. And it should be as I went bonkers ordering lots of new TB iris this year. But it should be really nice in the spring when they bloom.
Imageirisarian
Oct 28, 2010 6:29 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
all irises are planted. This was the last warm day for weeding. 50s tomorrow.
ImagePollyK
Oct 28, 2010 6:35 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

I plant if I have them to plant, right up to around Christmas. They always do fine. This year I just finished planting this week.

I'm trying something new in the commercial beds. I plant bearded irises in between the siberians, so I can be sure to keep the siberian cultivars separate, Now I wouldn't recommend that for most, but on my sandy soil, I think it will work.

This coming week is supposed to be cold, but the next warming.

Aren't you running out of room, Rita?
Imageirisarian
Oct 28, 2010 9:55 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
A Colorado garden (Longs) uses iris with variegated foliage to mark the spot between cultivars. I walked past 'Holden's Child" on the way back from weeding this afternoon & it looked as if it was doing well. Smiling
Misawa77
Oct 29, 2010 3:11 PM CST
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA
I still have 25 or so rhizomes to pot up. Unless I get some more from local club members, I'm done for the year.
Imageirisloverdee
Oct 29, 2010 4:38 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Well I was blessed and did not know it at the time. We had just finished full plant back of all 3 acres on the 29th the day before the big bang for me...

I did transplant some seedlings today of Bee pod off a versi color.

Went up and exchanged my printer, bought a new camera (something I hate doing) but my Sony only held 128 memory stick and I could not do my own gardens let alone doing Canada next year. The new one is a Nikon that holds up to 32gig memory stick.

D

Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

ImagePollyK
Oct 29, 2010 4:41 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Which Nikon did you get?

You're like me Greg. I always end up potting some up that don't get planted, but this year, putting them between the beardless irises, I used all of them, and I hate to say it, some of them I potted last year and never planted.
Imageirisloverdee
Oct 29, 2010 5:49 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Polly looked at several Canon's (which was what I thought I would get), Sony and Nikon

Ended up with Nikon Coolpix P100 for several reasons, the name, the fact that it seemed quite simple yet had a lot of features. Can get a 32gig memory card if I wanted it...Has a simple macro all the things seem to be what this simple minded person needs in regards to cameras. I love the Rebel but knew it was more than I needed or could master, as I am basically a point and shot person.

They have good reviews.

D

Oh will I could pot up about 1000 median iris but not going to happen this year. Must plant some naked lady bulbs yet and some more seeds of lupine.

D
Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

Imageirisarian
Oct 29, 2010 9:34 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
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We have to start putting the seeds from this year's crosses & some given to me by a friend in the seed boxes for the winter. There are no hold overs now, thank goodness.
ImagePollyK
Oct 30, 2010 8:05 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

How many seeds do you have to plant, Lucy?
Imageirisarian
Oct 30, 2010 3:54 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
I have to count envelopes then the seeds within . Some crosses haqve 40+ seeds & some 3 seeds. I'm not sure how many of the 3s will get planted, but they can surprise you.
ImageNewyorkrita
Mar 17, 2011 7:47 AM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Well, it's finially spring after a long winter. My iris that have been here since last year are growing like crazy but my new iris not so much. Depends, of course, as some are doing better than others but in general, no new growth or very little growth after planting last year. There are ones that just sat there and not even the leaves that were there at planting grew any taller. I look at those now in the garden and they are just a rhizome with some pieces of brown shriveled up leaf attached.

I have to wait and see but don't think I am going to get any great spring display of blooms from all the new iris I put in last year. And I planted soooo many. All in all, a very big dissapointment.

Imageirisarian
Mar 17, 2011 9:30 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
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Our irises are not even showing themselves as yet--very very early.
ImageNewyorkrita
Mar 18, 2011 8:39 AM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
That's just it for me, I haven't had TB iris long enough to know when it is in spring that they get going. What I am going by is what I see happening in the garden. That being that the TB iris I planted not last year but the year before are growing new divisions and new leaves like crazy while the ones planted last year generally are doing nothing. If it was just too early, wouldn't that mean none of them would be growing? Or maybe it is just because the older ones really are established while last years are not. My point really, they didn't get themselves established like I thought they should last year.
ImagePollyK
Mar 18, 2011 8:44 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Usually any iris planted last year will sprout later than an established one from more than one year.

Most irises sold last year seemed to be on the small side due to the growing conditions in the pacific nw. So, they might be a little later anyway.

I have never lost a bearded iris. I wouldn't worry quite yet.
ImageNewyorkrita
Mar 18, 2011 9:03 AM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
I have one I planted last year that rotted over the winter, I just noticed it yesterday. Hopefully that's the only one. I know I should be patient and I am just ready for spring this year earlier than normal. Put that with the fact that I bought TB Iris, and lots of them, from many different sources last year and was generally dissapointed with my smaller rhizomes that did not take off and grow like crazy like my Schreiners iris do. Honestly, I am out of room but if I buy more TB Iris, I will just yank ones I do not care for and buy more from Schreiners. I love Schreiners Iris.

And I know its early because my Siberian Iris are not even up yet. But still I vent about my TB iris.
ImageBetja
Mar 18, 2011 9:27 AM CST
Name: Betty Jacobs
Bakersfield, CA
Rita, have you thought about putting any fertilizer on the slower ones? Something light might help. I ran out of time on my spring fertilizing so yesterday I sprayed all my irises with that MiracleGro that you hook up to your hose to try to give them a boost. That may help the slower ones, and I hear it's supposed to be 70 in New York today so now would be the time...
Betty
ImageNewyorkrita
Mar 18, 2011 10:02 AM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Hi Betty! Ok, I just went out to the garage and fished out a small bag of fertilizer. Will go out in a few minutes and put it on the two TB Iris beds were I planted the new ones. Its warm but not quite that warm today.
ImageBetja
Mar 18, 2011 10:19 AM CST
Name: Betty Jacobs
Bakersfield, CA
Hi back at ya Rita! -- But if the fertilizer has a higher nitrogen content (first number of the three -- as in the first number here: 6-10-10 or 10-10-10 is best) try to keep the fertilizer from touching the actual rhizome, as that promotes bacterial soft rot -- yuck! And good luck! Sometimes some of them just sulk, and we have to wait it out another year if we really want to see the flowers.

And the best tip I've gotten is from Joe Ghio -- when you plant iris rhizomes, put a handful of bone meal in the bottom of the hole and mix it up with the dirt before you put the rhizome in. I've done that for the past two years now, and it helps the newbies get a good root system and leaf out. And I've really noticed the difference!
Betty
ImageNewyorkrita
Mar 18, 2011 12:34 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
I don't much care for high nitrogen fertilizers so rarely use them. The one I used is much more for setting bloom than high growth. At any rate, they are lightly fertilized. Still, they shouldn't need it as I made that new iris bed out of bagged compost I bought on top of some bagged good top quality top soil.

So as I was fertilizing I was touching the plants to make sure they are ok and I found so many of them not even rooted. They weren't pulled out of the ground and were mostly the way I planted them last August. But honestly, all this time and they are not even anchored in the ground, a wiggle pulls them out. I refirmed any that looked like they needed it. But hey, no big surprise if they never even grew roots that they never bothered to grow new leaves as the old leaves dies. If they are firmly rooted, they have new growing leaves and are doing really well.

Nothing to do now but wait and see if they do ever root and start growing. But I feel like it's not even worth the bother. I am so discusted, an entire year wasted.

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