General Discussion forum: 2013 Beardless

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ImageOldgardenrose
May 4, 2013 3:34 PM CST
Name: Jerry
Salem, IL
Just marking time until the blooms begin. #1 is a Siberian ?? rescued from a neighbor's fence installation.Thumb of 2013-05-04/Oldgardenrose/12c6ed

#2 is an old timer which we agreed was probably I.versicolor. Thrives in a wetted location with some Japanese irises and increases like crazy.Thumb of 2013-05-04/Oldgardenrose/495a66
Imagecrowrita1
May 4, 2013 3:59 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
iI'm going to try SIBs for the first time, this year. And, if Pauls experiment with Japanese works out, I'll have to try one of those, too! I'm also adding a Spuria this year, just to break the monotiny!1...Arlyn Sticking tongue out
Imageirisarian
May 4, 2013 6:38 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Remember Spuria don't like extra water so plant it in a dryish place.

I forgot to say that I was happy that the papers were signed for you.
Imagecrowrita1
May 4, 2013 7:23 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Thank's ,Lucy. The place I'm getting the spuria said to treat it like a TB, would that be your recomendation, also?...Arlyn
Hosenemesis
May 4, 2013 11:50 PM CST
Such beautiful foliage! I wish they would grow here.
ImagePollyK
May 5, 2013 8:38 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Looks like time to do some dividing, before they get so big you can't. Nice clumps!
ImageMShadow
May 5, 2013 9:10 AM CST
Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
Wow, those are some nice clumps!
Imageirisarian
May 5, 2013 9:27 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Not sure what that means, as we don't grow spuria. If it means keep its feet dry, I would agree.
ImageOldgardenrose
Jun 6, 2013 3:32 PM CST
Name: Jerry
Salem, IL
First of my Japanese irises. I moved the survivors from another block and didn't keep the names. They were planted too closely together and were crowding each other. By the time I divided them I had misplaced their true names. Just noids now.Thumb of 2013-06-06/Oldgardenrose/2c3367


Thumb of 2013-06-06/Oldgardenrose/83e7f0
Imagebrettttt
Jun 6, 2013 3:37 PM CST
Name: Brett Barney
SE Nebraska
Jerry,

Wow, she's a beaut! I've ordered a couple JI's this year and am excited to try them, but I'm a little worried because I've had other people tell me that they don't do very well in the sweltering midwest summers. Have you had a different experience? If so, I'd love to hear something encouraging.

Best regards,
Brett
Imageirisarian
Jun 6, 2013 3:45 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
They like acidic soil. Add mir acid or something similar. The lack of acidity might be the problem.
Imagecrowrita1
Jun 6, 2013 4:07 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
I may try one or two, also. I have an area that I'm "acidifing" in preperation for some SIBs, and there will be a little room left over.....Arlyn
ImageOldgardenrose
Jun 6, 2013 4:10 PM CST
Name: Jerry
Salem, IL
The only thing I can add is the basic instructions from Ensata Gardens where I purchased mine as a 10-plant collection. Water, water, water, then add water. Add at least 2 to 3 inches of mulch over the initial planting to keep the soil wet and cool. Polly has a lot of experience with beardless and can advise you of the best growing procedures. Check with Ensata to see if they still offer the low priced collections before spending a lot of coin on something which may not prosper.
ImageOldgardenrose
Jun 6, 2013 4:19 PM CST
Name: Jerry
Salem, IL
I just checked the Ensata website and they cannot furnish Japanese iris in collection form this year. They were 10 for $39.

http://www.ensata.com/
ImageOldgardenrose
Jun 6, 2013 6:08 PM CST
Name: Jerry
Salem, IL
A common Siberian and a common versicolor. Both are very healthy and increase like crazy.Thumb of 2013-06-07/Oldgardenrose/22f1c6
Thumb of 2013-06-07/Oldgardenrose/2ed822
ImageMShadow
Jun 7, 2013 8:18 AM CST
Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
I love beardless irises too. Those are really pretty.
Imagebrettttt
Jun 7, 2013 9:15 AM CST
Name: Brett Barney
SE Nebraska
Thanks, Jerry and Lucy, for the tips. I *really* want to grow some JIs successfully, so I don't mind babying them a little bit.
ImagePollyK
Jun 7, 2013 12:49 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Amend your soil with something to make it acidic, water the heck out of them, and use Miracid every two weeks. Mulch heavily, up to about 4 inches.
ImageOldgardenrose
Jun 8, 2013 6:37 PM CST
Name: Jerry
Salem, IL
Another JI bloomed today.Thumb of 2013-06-09/Oldgardenrose/6bdb11
ImageMuddymitts
Jun 8, 2013 6:54 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Exotic!
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.

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