Polly - Do you want photos of the new growth peeking through the muck in the pots of the Japanese Irises you sent me? If so, I'll try to get some photos when I fertilize everything in the backyard tomorrow morning. Afterwards I'll be gone for most of the day, so will post photos in the evening. I only had time to fertilize some of my potted plants in the front garden after work today. (sigh) Never enough hours in the day...
I have a request ... if you can ... do you have bloom photos of the ones you sent me. You sent me Maroon Giant, Anytus, and Greywood Etcha Sketch. (I think I spelled those right?) I'd love to see what they look like!
I tried to pick them to be a pleasing combo, but it's hard to tell in different areas if they will bloom together for sure. Anytus is really tall, so if you get a flower shoot, you might want to stake it.
I just mixed some bagged top soil with some potting mix and a handful of Black Kow compost. Fertilizing them now is the first time they've been fertilized since I got them from you. I used the MiracleGro Bloom Booster that you mix with water. That's what I used to get my Louisiana irises to bloom last year and they bloomed profusely for me.
Do irises bloom once each year or can they bloom repeatedly?
Also, do they like to be submerged in "water" during winter? Seems I was googling about irises and read they like moist but not wet soil during the cold of winter. Or maybe I'm getting them mixed up with some other iris...
You're welcome. There doesn't seem to be any trials for southern hardiness of Japanese irises anywhere, ever. I know two people trialling them is not a true trial, but it's a start. I also have two people in Alaska trialling them. One in zone 1, for heavens sakes, LOL. If they survive there i will be truly shocked.
I have been asked to let the editor of the Japanese Iris society newsletter know how they do, and I'm so glad you and Charleen are taking such excellent care of them.
Zone 1???? LOL! Geez ... if they survive there ... then they are definitely cold hardy! LOL!
I'm curious to see how the Japanese irises handle the heat here in summer. Though many parts of Japan have similar climate as I do. (I know because I have a friend there who I correspond with.)
That's truly awesome that you are trying to do trial grow-outs in different zones to see how hardy they really are. Should be most interesting, indeed! I hope you will share your results with everyone here!
These irises are all native to Florida, and grow in wetlands, so I'm surprised you're not seeing more of them.
I. brevicaulis, I. hexagona, I. tridentata, I. virginica. I verna is native also, but to dry forests. Also naturalized in Florida is I. psuedacorus, and I. fulva, which is a Louisiana. And we know how well you grow Louisianas.