General Discussion forum: Is it to soon to dig?

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ImagePaul2032
Jul 27, 2013 11:33 AM CST
Name: Paul Smith
Pleasant Grove Utah
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Our yearly auction is a week from today and i want to dig a bunch for the sale. I'm digging a few today as it is overcast and a little cooler. I'm cleaning them up just like for the sale except leaving the foliage a little long. I will trim it the day before. Do you think this is to early? I can be obsessive about having everything just right. Shrug!
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
ImagePaul2032
Jul 27, 2013 11:58 AM CST
Name: Paul Smith
Pleasant Grove Utah
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Paul2032 wrote:Our yearly auction is a week from today and i want to dig a bunch for the sale. I'm digging a few today as it is overcast and a little cooler. I'm cleaning them up just like for the sale except leaving the foliage a little long. I will retrim it the day before. Do you think this is to early? I can be obsessive about having everything just right. Shrug!


Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Imagecrowrita1
Jul 27, 2013 12:12 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
I would think it's OK, Paul. When I dig ,to ship to someone, I dig, separate, and wash, let them set in the shade for 2-3 days, and then mail them off. If you figure 3 days in the mail, that's 6 days before they get them. I've received some I KNOW have been out of the ground for 12 days, and they looked really good. Keep 'em cool, and re-trim the fans just before the sale, Should be fine....Arlyn
ImagePaul2032
Jul 27, 2013 12:48 PM CST
Name: Paul Smith
Pleasant Grove Utah
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
I suppose that if some of the mummified things found at the big box stores survive, mine should be fine. I just want them to temp the bidders. Whistling
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Imageirisarian
Jul 27, 2013 3:20 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
We dug all week for our iris sale. Now have to plant. We usually dig from TB size down to dwarfs in that order. From the health of your plants via pictures, they should be fine.
ImagePaul2032
Jul 27, 2013 5:19 PM CST
Name: Paul Smith
Pleasant Grove Utah
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Thanks Arlyn and that was a nice comment Lucy. I started with TBs today....Treasure Trader. Summer Shadow, Fashion Diva, Hopeless Romantic, Kitty Kay, and Gypsy Lord. I'll dig a few more each day next week. I'll wait and do medians next Friday. Rhizomes are nice size, just like I would like to buy. Huge root systems which I might trim a little next week.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Imagetveguy
Jul 27, 2013 5:56 PM CST
Name: Tom
Wisconsin
Paul, I'd bid on your nice ones any day! I'll bet they are waiting in line to bid on them.
ImageShannon
Jul 28, 2013 6:23 PM CST
Name: Shannon
Burkeville,Va
I agree
ImagePaul2032
Jul 28, 2013 6:53 PM CST
Name: Paul Smith
Pleasant Grove Utah
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Thanks Tom and Shannon. It was cooler again today but I didn't dig....will do more in the morning.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Imagecrowrita1
Jul 28, 2013 7:08 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
How many plants are you taking, Paul?...Arlyn
ImagePaul2032
Jul 28, 2013 7:26 PM CST
Name: Paul Smith
Pleasant Grove Utah
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
I won't know til next Friday as I plan on digging a few clumps each day this coming week. Each year we get great support from the general public and generally make enough money to pay our expenses and to order some on the most desirable newer iris from top Hybridizers. Then in a year or two we get increase back to sell to the public. We ordered from Keppel and Ghio this year and they sent some very nice things and were very generous. It was cool yesterday and today so I hope that pattern persists. If not I will dig each morning. The soil in my beds is good and washes off easily.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah

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