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ImageRidesredmule
Sep 26, 2010 5:28 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
Does it just have plantlets or does it have to bloom also. I never did see a bloom. Do you grow them in a greenhouse? I don't have one will have to bring it in this fall. This is my first year having a Walking iris.
Imageboojum
Sep 26, 2010 5:40 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
I've had one for years. Bloomed it's head off about 4 years ago, made new hanging babies and stopped blooming. It goes out on the porch for summer.
ImageRidesredmule
Sep 26, 2010 5:57 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
Do they have to bloom to make a new plant?? Sorta quirky, aren't they??
Imageirisarian
Sep 27, 2010 9:33 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
I suspect that just like other irises it forms new leaflets (or rhizomes for 'outside plants) but might not bloom. See difficult outside irises. Boojum seems to be a better source of information as she actually grows one.
Imagebeckygardener
Sep 27, 2010 6:13 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Polly - Awesome visual tutorial! Thanks! I wonder if daylilies do the same thing? Very interesting!
Another Day in Paradise!
ImagePollyK
Sep 27, 2010 6:15 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Thanks Becky. Yes, I would think daylilies do. I know I've seen pictures of them that look very similar to beardless irises.
Imagebeckygardener
Sep 27, 2010 6:18 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Does that kind of growth happen when it is in cramped quarters or do they do that due to age?
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ImagePollyK
Sep 27, 2010 6:32 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

In the iris pictured it was due to the old rhizomes being so crowded, so even though she divided it before, it was actually due to age. Beardless irises as a rule grow rhizomes and roots on top of old rhizomes. Japanese especially, as you will find out, are prone to that. That's why they need to be divided about every 3-4 yeats, 5 at the outset, and the old rhizomes taken off. Now that is most Japanese. I've had some that have not been divided in close to 20 years, and still bloom well, but generally when bloom diminishes you need to divide.
Imagebeckygardener
Sep 27, 2010 6:49 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Good information to know! Thanks for the in-depth explanation! Very helpful indeed!
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ImagePollyK
Sep 27, 2010 6:49 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Thank you, Becky!
Imagebeckygardener
Sep 27, 2010 6:53 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Thumbs up
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ImageKentPfeiffer
Feb 8, 2011 11:54 AM CST
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska
Hello,

Polly asked me to introduce myself. I am Kent Pfeiffer and am currently living in southeast Nebraska with my wife and two children. We have a 6 year old daughter and 2 year old son.

As for gardening, I'm primarily interested in native plants and have landscaped much of our yard with native prairie and woodland species. But, I've loved iris since childhood and am currently growing around 250 varieties, mostly TBs, but some medians as well. Will probably add 40 - 50 new ones again this year. I'd like to get to the point where I only add a handful each year, but there is a lot of whittling to do on the wish list before that can happen. Also started hybridizing in a serious way a couple of years ago. We'll see where that goes.
ImageRidesredmule
Feb 8, 2011 12:48 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
Welcome Kent...
Imagebeckygardener
Feb 8, 2011 12:57 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Welcome, Kent!

It will be very interesting to see what your hybrids produce! I love Japanese Morning Glories and do a lot of cross pollinating to see what I can create, too! Such fun!
Another Day in Paradise!
Imagebillyporter
Feb 8, 2011 1:20 PM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Hi Kent, can't wait for pictures! I love iris but have the dreaded iris border. I work to save what few I have from them, but would LOVE to have every one I see.
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImagePollyK
Feb 8, 2011 2:11 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Big welcome Kent! Can't wait to see pictures, especially of your hybrids. Pictures of other plants are always welcome too, and we have some really cute kids pictures here, although I realize some people don't wish to post pictures of kids.

250 irises is a good start, LOL. Hope you have lots of room for these addicting plants.

I know we have someone else on here from Nebraska. Oh, I remember, Susan, Stilldew. I think if I remember she's from southern Nebraska also.

And Sally, I normally wouldn't comment on a typo, but I just spit my coffee over the dreaded iris border.
Imageboojum
Feb 8, 2011 3:11 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
Wow, missed it completely but I'm always making up things I see....
Welcome Kent!!! Sounds like you have it bad. I'm a beardless iris nut myself but last year I dug up all my bloomless beardeds that hated where they were and moved them to 2 spots in the sun after years of their nagging. If they are really happy, it may keep me from bad mouthing beardeds. We will see. They are a bit unruly for my taste.
BTW, my walking iris has 2 buds!!! I'm doing something right finally.
ImageTBGDN
Feb 8, 2011 3:46 PM CST
Name: Leon
Indiana
If it ain't broke don't fix it!
Welcome Kent, This is a great place to be. There are a lot of ladies, but we have some guys over here too. Doesn't matter who we are, irises can grow on anyone. We also have a very nice database of iris photos in this cubit also. So welcome aboard; I think you'll like it here.
I was country back when it really was.
Blog: http://garden.org/blogs/view/TBGDN/
Imageirisarian
Feb 8, 2011 6:57 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Welcome Kent from another iris nut. We do have some native plants as well, my favorite the trailing arbutus. Median irises for the most part. With the tones of shoveled snow landing on the sweet fern, I wonder if any will be left. I can see a few breaks.
Imageboojum
Feb 8, 2011 7:01 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
Better not get poison ivy this year!

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