Thanks for that info, Polly. I had a pile of rhizomes when I potted them up this past Spring. They went into shock of course, but the ones that made it ... wasted no time sending up new blades and spreading. And then I was blessed with a ton of blooms! I stood there every day ooohing and awwwwing! They were so pretty. The blooms are bright yellow. Nice contrast against those deep green blades. Mine are in water too.
I think they use that method for Brugs to get them rooted, I haven't tried that. I do better just starting them in water with just a tiny splash of peroxide. On Desert roses they use 1/2 c. peroxide to one gal of water. Call it oxygenated water. It helps I've used it and they are looking pretty good.
That's the water lettuce I'm talking about. I'd love to get some from you and it looks like you said, you have tons of it. I'll send you a Cmail and touch base with you.
Polly, I haven't forgotten you, I still need to get you some money in the mail for the crocksomething another and the other iris. LOL I'll do that in the morning if I can find what I did with your address. Can you say too many irons in the fire at the same time. I don't know how some of you keep up with all this junk.
Hope ya'll all had a delightful weekend and prepared to have a wonderful week gardening.
God Bless you and yours!
TX2 - Oh my dh would just love that! Carve them babies up with an electric knife! Too funny!
I've used Hydrogen Peroxide and it works as long as you use just a tiny bit in the water. Too much and it causes rotting. I use the H2O2 mixed in with my fertilizer when I water my outdoor plants! Seems to perk them right up!
I'd be more than happy to share the Blue Iris with you Becky as soon as I can figure out where that particular one is planted. LOL I went to one of our Iris Society meetings last year and the Guess Speaker was Hooker. His specialty is La I. and he says you can make a cut length wise on the top of your La.I and cover it lightly with soil to make it produce alot more babies. I haven't tried it myself, but I'm sure it must work or he would not have told us to try it.
Another thing, some of my irises, daylilies, bromeliads and so forth get so rootbound that I take a hatchet and make a nice cut/chop with it. I find that alot easier on me and the plants when I go to divide them. I personally think that daylilies are the hardest thing to divide because their roots become just one big tangled mass of roots. Most of these plants are so hardy they don't mind being roughed up slightly. As a matter of fact most of mine do alot better after they've been wacked on and replanted. Of course you can make amendments to the soil at this time and that probably is a big part of preforming better the next bloom season.
I don't know what the best time would be for your area Becky but I should think it would probably be ok to go ahead and do so now. I bet Polly are Dee could tell you when you could do it safely.
While speaking of Dee, I just got my order of irises from her and I must tell you all how thrilled I am with all the wonderful plants I got. Each and everyone arrived labeled, in great shape, with wonderful healthy, clean, lush root systems, and leaves neatly trimmed. Some I received 2 of and along with my order she sent me several bonus plants. No wonder I order from Snowpeak year after year.
Thanks D, for the wonderful plants. I really got some very nice SURPRISES tucked inside my box and can't wait to see them bloom in the near future.
Love Ya and appreciate all you do for us Iris Addicts/Hoarders!