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Jan 5, 2013 12:04 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Appropriate time of year to ask this question.

Do you keep your irises forever, or do you get rid of the old ones to make room for the new?And if so, what do you do with the old ones?
Jan 5, 2013 12:14 PM CST
Name: Shannon
I could never get rid of any of my iris Lovey dubby Some have been with me since I was 13 and others have moved from house to house with me. From Jersey to Virginia and now to RI.. Some I also saved from the run down house next to me and much to my supprise they have been Antques they are my first and will always have a home with me Smiling

I add a few every year Whistling
Jan 5, 2013 12:29 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Just a few, Shannon? LOL.

Personally I've never gotten rid of any, but hope to this year. I have some from when I first started that they were cleaning out from the school. These were from the 80s maybe, and I just don't care for them. I will probably keep one of each. And yes, I will post pics to see if anyone wants any of them.
Jan 5, 2013 4:19 PM CST
Name: Shannon
LOL yea a few Whistling I really want to add white and some bi-colors Most of mine are solids
Maybe I can give a few if yours a 'New" home..I promise to keep them Lovey dubby
Jan 5, 2013 4:58 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
The only ones I delete are those that "die out"(only been 2 in all our years of growing). When we thin clumps, we give to friends, neighbors, and family( that include my Cubit family!)....Arlyn
Jan 5, 2013 5:56 PM CST
Name: Paul Smith
Pleasant Grove Utah
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
I'm "out with the old".......I don't have unlimited space and like a few newer ones each year so some that do not please have to go bye-bye. Some I just discard. Others may go to our UIS plant sale but I don;t feel good taking something I do not want to grow myself to sell to some one else. Give a few to friends.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Jan 5, 2013 6:05 PM CST
Name: Neil
Nashville, TN
For the first time last year, I got rid of a few that I've never cared for or didn't grow well here. I plan to get rid of a few more this year.
Jan 5, 2013 7:36 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Shannon, you can have some of mine, but I'll want you to see a pic first.

Arlyn, 'Cubit family" AWWWWWWWWW!
Jan 5, 2013 7:46 PM CST
Name: Shannon
Thanks Polly.. I just Love iris. They remind me of younger & family days .. My Bobshe ( grandmother) grew a bunch
of iris and hydreangea. And so do I ..Everytime I see iris I think of her Lovey dubby Our New adventure in RI will
be our last move and first 'Home" and I plan on filling our yard with iris Thumbs up
Jan 5, 2013 7:48 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

I put you on my calendar to get pictures for you the first part of May. They all have smaller not frilly flowers, but they smell great.
Jan 5, 2013 9:46 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
I've never done much culling in the past, but I'm beginning to. Last year, for the first time, I gritted my teeth and removed several varieties that I didn't particularly love. I gave them to people who did -- which makes two people happy. There are several more out there that are slated for re-homing this year. I can see this as a trend for awhile as I go through varieties that I didn't initially select -- but which were given to me by people who, maybe, didn't love them either.
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Jan 5, 2013 11:13 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
In my personal garden I have one my granddaughter planted when she was 7, and one from when I first started really growing iris in OR which was about 95.

Commercially I cull for many reasons, either the did not grow well, did not sell well, or I could not figure out why I had it in the first place.

It seems that after about 10 years some of the ones that never sold people want, but if I had kept all of the iris I have grown since 97 I would need about 10 or more just for the iris.

If no one around me wants the iris, the churches, the senior center, the school or the roadways, they end up in the compost pile.


This year I will cull my seedlings more as want to get just the ones that I might intro or the ones I want to use.
Denise Stewart

Jan 5, 2013 11:57 PM CST
Name: Patty
Willamette Valley Oregon
My lack of space has forced some self control 😬, but I've got a Pinterest Iris Wish List board which is practically TORTURE to look at!!! 😖 So I'll be thining out some of my least favorites (bonus mainly) especially ones with a limited bloom season. The other thing I wondered about is whether to allow them to clump or only keep a couple of each so I can have MORE varieties? (greedy?? 😻 needy?? 😿Heehee). What do those of you with limited space do in regards to this?
Patty 🌺
Jan 6, 2013 8:53 AM CST
Name: Ed
Upstate, SC
I don't get rid of any. However, quite a few have chosen to remain permanently dormant.
Jan 6, 2013 8:57 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Hey redhead! Welcome PattyN!
Jan 6, 2013 11:01 AM CST
Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
Out with the old and in with the new. I wish I could do this. In the back of my garden I have a few spots that I move any iris that I dig up to make room for my new ones. Most of them aren't marked, just don't have the heart to let them die. Now I have 4 spots with unmarked irises growing. Smiling
Jan 6, 2013 11:02 AM CST
Name: Patty
Willamette Valley Oregon
Thank you, Polly. Red - they all grow likes weeds out here! 😎
Patty 🌺
Jan 6, 2013 11:38 AM CST
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA
I have just started to cull as well. If I had more space, I would not have to do so for a few years. I would love to let them "clump" as well, but this too has more or less stopped because I plant them so close to each other to squeezing them all in.

I now find I need to be more wise when it comes to acquisition; thus my "Theme"(s).


Sterling Innerst

Joan Roberts

Dykes Medal winners

Jan 6, 2013 11:45 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

I would like to do a Dykes medals winners, too.

And this is funny, but I love dividing. And then I end up with 20, and it drives me nuts. I would rather divide than plant. And no, Dee, I'm not coming to Oregon.
Jan 6, 2013 12:51 PM CST
Name: Tom
I have finally begun to discard some that I don't think perform well, or that I don't like as well as new ones that I want. Space isn't a problem, but I do have some limits on how much time I can spend weeding and such, so I have to have some limits. Now just sticking to those limits will be what I have to focus on.

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