Discussions and Q and A about growing irises forum: What's wrong with this Iris?

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Imagestormyla
May 25, 2011 12:34 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Can some of you wonderful Iris folks please diagnose the problem here and recommend a treatment? Thank you!

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Imageirisarian
May 25, 2011 6:44 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Visiting dog?
Imagestormyla
May 25, 2011 8:40 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
It would have to be a stray as this is inside of my bed. I can't imagine anyone letting their dog walk through my bed.
Imageirisloverdee
May 25, 2011 11:14 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Do any other iris near this one have trouble?

D
Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

ImageBetja
May 25, 2011 11:26 PM CST
Name: Betty Jacobs
Bakersfield, CA
Here's my suggestion. I've had something like that happen, the leaves looked quite similar, almost like it had a case of scorch, and I'm thinking the plant was stressed. Is the rhizome buried? I see you have mulch around the plant, and irises usually don't do so well with mulch. I would recommend you cut back all the brown leaf areas and check to see if the rhizome is still firm -- you might have a case of bacterial soft rot starting. If so you'll need to clean out the mushy area as best you can (I just scrape it out with my thumbnail - yick!), maybe sprinkle some cleanser on it, but most of all expose the infected part to sunlight. If it's only on the top part you don't have to dig it up, just expose it to sunlight and do the cleanser thing or you could mix 3 Tbsp. liquid Softsoap in 1 gal. water and pour the mixture over the rhizome.

Betty
Imagestormyla
May 26, 2011 12:37 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
No Dee, this is the only one.

Thanks, Betty. I can easily do that.

Gals, Is it common to have a fair number of TB Iris not bloom? We gals in the MidAtlantic
are having more than our fair share this year or so it seems. We did have an unbelievable drought last year. I lost a whole lot of TB's and well more than half of mine didn't bloom this year. Others have had the non blooming too.
Imageirisloverdee
May 26, 2011 7:38 AM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
The weather all over seems to have gotten to our iris blooms, TB blooming short, blooming 2-3 weeks late, Siberians and species blooming before the TB. Glads in bloom before Calla Llilies...

Even had the daffodils into May late which is really strange. I know that Schreiners has posted they will not hit peak until mid June. My TB are just starting to pop..

The reason Stormy I asked about was it alone was to give an idea...of a possible bigger problem because you could have scorch but what Betty said would be the best. I would cut all the foliage off like you were digging and shipping or replanting and do the treatment and watch it to see if the new growth is better and stronger.

D
Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

Imagestormyla
May 26, 2011 8:16 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks, Dee. We were wondering if it was just happening in the Mid Atlantic.

Typically, what can cause Iris that are not crowded or needing dividing not too bloom? Could it be a lack of proper nutrition?

This has been a sunless spring here. It has rained 4 to 6 days a week since early April and it has been unusually cool.

For the first time since 1995, we actually had a true season long snow cover and a hard freeze with no thawing. It's been the first time any of us have had no plant heaving to reset. 1979 was the only other year any of us can remember like this.

Dee, the plants are all off schedule here, but some have had some of the most spectacular and longest blooms in memory. I have been worried about the TB Iris, Lilies and Daylilies after that 6 months of scorching rainless summer last year.
Imageirisloverdee
May 26, 2011 8:22 AM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
We pretty much had rain from Jan till now, weeks on end of it. What it did to me, was to stunt the growth, both of foliage and stalks. You can walk and have beauty tall TB and then look down and there is one just about the foliage size of a median...have seen this in Mid America and Keiths garden...

D
Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

Imagestormyla
May 26, 2011 8:26 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks, Dee. I also thought that many of them looked shorter than normal and chalked it up to last year's drought.

If they haven't bloomed at all, should we be feeding them better?
Imageirisloverdee
May 26, 2011 8:52 AM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
With the freaky weather all over, keep to your normal schedule

D
Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

Imagestormyla
May 26, 2011 9:01 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks, Dee!
ImagePaul2032
May 26, 2011 9:14 AM CST
Name: Paul Smith
Pleasant Grove Utah
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Dee...do you think rhizomes ordered from the PNW will be smaller again this year?
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Imageirisloverdee
May 26, 2011 9:41 AM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
If the rain stops in June no, they should be right on schedule and be our normal size.

D

Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

ImageBetja
May 26, 2011 11:20 AM CST
Name: Betty Jacobs
Bakersfield, CA
Re the ones that do not bloom, I used to keep track of what bloomed and what did not, and it seemed that 60% to 70% bloomed each year for me, and some of them just did not -- I say they're sulking/pouting! But they should bloom by the second year, and if not you should consider moving them to different spots to see if that works. At this point I have so many, with so many new ones coming in each year, that I actually give away some that I've never seen bloom. This year I'm going to give away my BOLLYWOOD -- never seen anything in about three or four years and after moving it and adding extra rhizomes too -- and my neighbor is thrilled because he's getting it. I still haven't given up on ENCHANTER yet, and I'm adding another rhizome this year, but if she's still pouting by next year she's outa here!

Betty
Imagestormyla
May 26, 2011 11:24 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks, Betty. I'm pretty sure that almost every one of these has bloomed before. I did see 2 that I have never seen bloom before as this is their second season. I lost some real favorites this year to last summer's drought. The foliage was shriveling and burning while the Iris were still in bud. Thumbs down
Misawa77
May 28, 2011 7:35 PM CST
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA
Looks like borer damage with some rot as well. With all of the rain we had this would not be unusual. I am having the same problem in one area of my garden.

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