I'm keeping it full of water and the ones in the ground I do water once in awhile, cause I got to keep those brugs watered or they will wilt. I just don't hit them everytime I water. But they are doing o.k. just not like the bog.
They don't have to make bogs, just get a bucket and peatmoss and add water. One year I got a bag of peat and filled it (the bag it came in) full of water and just scooped it out into one of those little tubs, was better than mixing it dry in the container.
Gardeners got to help make things easier for each other. I love my flowers so I'll try to fix it so I can enjoy them. I have several plants and trees in containers. Lots of stores sell pots with no hole and it is easy to make bogs. Heck, a dishpan will work. I got one I might use come to think of it.
Hmmm....this has me revisiting an idea I've had for a while. I've lived here 4 years now, and 3 of those were drought years. Once JIs are established, they don't seem to care, but getting them established can be a struggle. I keep thinking I need to get a baby pool and bury it to the rim, fill it with peat and composted manure, and have a small bog to kind of use as a nursery bed. Also have considered using an old bath tub that way.
Neal - I've wrestled with the baby pool idea myself. Been very close to doing it, except that those cheap pools eventually crack and break. My Lousiania irises didn't bloom much at all this year. I don't think the cold winter lasted long enough for them to set buds. Very disappointing! So I am worried about the Japanese Irises. I'd like to think I can grow and get blooms from just about any plant here in east central Florida, but it's just not true ... unfortunately.
Polly - I am curious to see if your Lousiania irises will bloom this year for you? Or do they need to be established in their new home for a year?
That's a good idea, Charleen. It's gotta fit in my budget and in my compact vehicle. No pick-up truck here. I sure wish there was a Tractor Supply store locally. Ours is about 35 miles away. Hard to transport larger items that distance.
Becky, the Louisiana Irises I've planted have needed a year to establish before they started blooming. However, I haven't given them much extra water, so that does slow down establishment. Black Gamecock spreads super fast in a moist spot. As quickly as the division I planted next to our swimming hole here on the farm have increased, I almost think they would be too happy in a lot of water gardens.
Polly, I guess if they bulk up enough by fall that's what I would do. I like the idea of putting holes near the top of the buried container, I think that would keep the crowns safe.
A store for plants and poison dart frogs nearby has a sunken bog garden full of various pitcher plants.
I have a lotus and a dwarf water lily in raised containers here. One is made of rubber and is a horse trough I think. In the winter we fill it with sand and shovel it out on the driveway but in the summer it's mine. I may get a second one to replace the clear plastic bin. I fertilize them with water plant tablets and always have mosquito dunks too.