Which one Bev, LOL. Jon looks like he could lift some irises.
Welcome Jon., and Bev. Would everyone please come over to the introduce ourselves area, please, please. I'm trying to keep all the names straight.
I think it will turn out the 'welcome to the iris' forum will be at the top of the page, and just a welcome only, so everybody please post on the other forums until I get that straightened out. We all were a little confused how to do things at first. It's gettting straightened out. But please come over to the introduce yourself area. Thanks!
Well, fell free to come up and lift some for me. The siberian and Japanese I sell, if I let the clumps get too big before dividing, can go about 35 pounds. I have to dig them, the shake most of the dirt off. Pretty strenuous.
I understand growing irises in Florida is quite the feat. It will be nice to have you here to help some of the southern people.
Hi Rebloom! I'm really excited to get in on Cubits on the ground floor! I hope you'll pop by the Clems forum some too. Could you post your Sweet Autumn pic in our Images forum? We're starting a separate thread for each cultivar so that people can discuss their successes and failures with each plant separately. Nobody's posted Sweet Autumn yet. Here's a link to the Clematis Images forum: http://cubits.org/Clematis/forums/view/Images/
I have a hunch that Reblooming Bearded Iris are not as dependent on needing winter dormancy to bloom. Perhaps that would explain why only rebloomers will bloom for me in South Florida. Our sandy soil must be amended and slightly sloped to hold less moisture, as root rot can be an issue during the summer rainy season. They also seem to do better down here in 1/2 day sun. I tried some in close to full sun without any success.
Here's a photo of my favorite rebloomer named "Tara's Choice".
Name: Dee Stewart Willamette Valley OR Snowpeak Iris
Polly they can weigh much more if left, as I remember when I bought out the company of all the siberians that some of the clumps had only been in 3 years and the bags weight 50# plus and was very time consuming and hard to divide, now NOT they are nicely divided and planted in a circle and they are now heaven to deal with.
I've never contacted anyone or Winterberry Gardens about rebloomers in Florida. To be honest, I hadn't heard of Winterberry Gardens. Only info I've read about bearded iris in Florida is that they won't bloom. I'm sure I don't get as many blooms as more Northern gardeners do, but there are enough blooms to make me happy..
Jon, I would love to know about the culture you are successfully using for beardeds in Florida. I have a little website dedicated to growing beardeds in the deep south... and the special issues we face here. Your input would be very appreciated! Here's a web address to the info I've posted on that site... http://eveysblissfulgarden.com/
I grow them in just one area in the back yard that receives sun only from mid morning until mid afternoon. It's intense sun, but its not all day sun.
Our soil is very sandy so when I originally prepared this bed I added equal bags of compost, peat moss and, believe it or not, Miracle Gro Potting Mix. I would guess I amended it a good six inches into the sandy soil.
The rhizomes are planted in a slight mound and the top of the rhizome is slightly above ground. If they're planted too deep they're definitely not going to bloom and they eventually turn to mush and rot. I put mulch around them but keep the mulch away from the rhizome. My lawn sprinklers run in this area for 8 minutes on Wedn and Sat morning. I do not water them at any other time.
These pictures better show you how I plant them. Hope this all makes sense.