Re bearded: I get nervous with everyone seemingly hotfooting to PNW. What is to become of northern growers with just a slight change in climate. I am mainly thinking of TBs here. Paul black says he really wants to grow a pink TB in cold climates. Hybridizers whose plants do well here are Hal Stahly & Sterling Innerest. Then from MO along comes Barbara Nicodemus. So there are some, but it is a bit nerve wracking. Then plants with an I. aphylla heritage are sometimes not happy further south. So growers be alert.
Name: Stormy Valley Forge Pa I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Relative to TB irises, I know that everything says that they should be grown in full sun. But I have very few sunny spots and grow many TB's. They bloom and increase very well in part shade. Our climate is very good for growing just about anything, but I do have to make sure to keep the falling leaves off of the rhizomes.
Thank you for the info Stormy. I grow quite a few in light shade too. The medians especially seem to do well.
Lucy, your concern is certainly a valid one. It does seem a lot of the bearded iris hybridizers are going to 'iris heaven' as Dee calls it. Not so, luckily with the beardless. The only large grower in the north will be Blue J, maybe, but they don't hybridize many, so unless the west coast ones grow well in their gardens, they will only be able to offer older, northern grown one.
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Name: Dee Stewart Willamette Valley OR Snowpeak Iris
When I lived it So Ca I had iris in really dappled shade and in full sun, the only way I could grow them in full sun was to cover the rhizome about 1/2" (bearded) of dirt. The did well in the dappled shade sometimes outdoing the full sun.
Some people believe you must baby them! NOT as they go in our compost pile where all the trimmings, rotted one, ones we no longer will be carrying grow. One day I will take a couple of pictures when it is not raining and let you see how well they are doing in the compost pile.
JI they say to give them quite abite more water, my JI are planted in the commerical between the sibs and spuria and get no special attention except at the time we are going to move and divide them and replant back,,,
I dug a bunch of different iris the year before last and had some 'leftovers' that were fat rhizomes that had a bloom stalk.
They say you should toss those, but I made a 'pity plot'... a place in my yard where I planted the ones I couldn't bear to toss in the trash.
I got a few really big rhizomesn this year from that area!
Waste not, want not.......
..because of the 'dirt' that I have had in my yards these past 10 years, I threw a handfull of Alfalfa pellets in the hole and mixed it in... I can't tell you if it's some kind of 'miracle fertilizer' (because I have sand where I am now, so anything organic is a miracle.. ha ha!) And, the last yard I had, I discovered had been a land-fill before they turned it into a mobile home park...and that dirt was questionable to say the least... but look at these iris growing! They are the first year's blooms that I got back in..... 1998? ( the awakening of the iris lover in me)
so... where was I going with all this... sorry... tired..... Alfalfa pellets worked into a new planting bed certainly doesn't hurt!
Hi iris experts, I need your help!
My mother-in-law is expanding her deck and we dug up all her bushes,bulbs and iris and will put it all back in when the deck is finished. Her iris were basically growing on top of the ground just under some leaf litter. Most of the rhizomes were quite long(6 to 10 inches) but only had a fan at one end with some roots right there under the fan, the rest of the rhizome was naked of leaves,eyes or roots. Can I cut most of the rhizome off and just replant the part with the fan? Any tips would be welcome!