Let's introduce ourselves forum: Hello

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Dolluvr9389
Jul 2, 2011 2:05 PM CST
Name: Michele
North Carolina, 7b
Hi,

My name is Michele and I live in the Sandhills of North Carolina. I happen to love irises but for some reason seem to kill them or don't get them to grow. I am here to learn as much as I can to add beautiful plants to my yard.
Miki310
ImagePaul2032
Jul 2, 2011 2:12 PM CST
Name: Paul Smith
Pleasant Grove Utah
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Welcome I tip my hat to you.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Imageirisarian
Jul 2, 2011 2:53 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Plants need more humus? Welcome to you.
ImageMShadow
Jul 2, 2011 3:20 PM CST
Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
Welcome Michele! There are a lot of helpful people here and I am sure you will be able to learn a lot. Smiling
ImagePollyK
Jul 2, 2011 4:37 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Hi Michelle, welcome!

Yes, you should learn a lot here. I'm on almost pure sand, so maybe I can help too.

Take your time and look around at some pretty pictures, and whenever you wish we have a Q and A area.

Glad you're here. If you have any questions about how to get around the cubit, I'd be glad to help.
Imageirisloverdee
Jul 2, 2011 5:31 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Welcome Michelle

Glad you have joined this awesome and knowledgeable group of people. This fall and winter enjoy all the pictures and at time you have any questions please feel free to ask.

If you are talking about bearded iris, the worse thing you can do is to plant like a bulb that causes them to rot and die.

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

Imagedoglover
Jul 4, 2011 1:54 PM CST
Name: doglover
Illinois
Dee: Your wrote: If you are talking about bearded iris, the worse thing you can do is to plant like a bulb that causes them to rot and die.

Dee: What do you mean with this statemnet? Do you mean plant near other bulbs that cause them to rot and die? Please explain, it seems we all have this rot problem. My particular problem is most likely due to the fact that I plant so many different perennials (crowded) and do not leave enough room for air circulation for the iris, is this possiblly the cause of a lot of root rot?
Imageirisloverdee
Jul 4, 2011 2:27 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
You do not bury them like you would daffodils, tulips, lilies, you plant them like a duck on the water or about 1/2 to 1" at the deepest.

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

Imageirisarian
Jul 4, 2011 5:57 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
The irises are rhizomes which is a food strage stem so are not planted deeply as Dee says. That is why their tops should be above the ground.
ImagePollyK
Jul 4, 2011 6:12 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

And it's best, of course, not to crowd them. That will contribute to rot. Keep other plants a distance away, along with any mulch.
Imagedoglover
Jul 4, 2011 8:23 PM CST
Name: doglover
Illinois
Thanks everyone. I do plant them on the top, but I am guilty of planting too many other perennials close to them. I am in the process of making sure I have more free space for them so the air and sun can reach them. Although, even ones that are all by themselves and planted on the surface still suffer from root rot, probably because of all the rain we have been receiving. Although, thank you lord for all that rain so I do not have to pull that garden hose all around the yard, not complaing.
ImageJacki
Apr 12, 2012 9:33 AM CST
Name: Jacki Johnson King
Burlington, NC
Do something Creative Every Day!
We're almost neighbors! I have all of mine in raised beds with not too much around them. I've not had any problems ..... yet......

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