Let's introduce ourselves forum: New to Irises and this site

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Jul 29, 2013 7:25 PM CST
I have ordered 30 repeat blooming irises, I have the sights picked for them, I think. We have a lot of deer and trying to turn my beds over to things they don't eat. Wanting to get some info on what to mix with the soil that I have.
Jul 29, 2013 7:37 PM CST
Forgot to say my name is Suzanne and from Georgetown KY. I have had some irises in the past 3 kinds, a purple, yellow and bicolor purple, spring bloomers. They did well for a couple of years and then stopped blooming real well, didn't realize you were supposed to split them.
Jul 29, 2013 7:43 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Hi, there, Suzanne! Welcome aboard. Glad to see some more re-bloomers in the group!.Just what is the soil type you have now ?....Arlyn
Jul 29, 2013 8:03 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Hi Suzanne! Welcome to our little group. Glad to have another Kentuckian aboard -- I'm in the Paducah area!! Big Grin

I'm curious -- where did you order your new Irises from?

And yes -- left to their own devices, Irises overgrow themselves and stop blooming because they're not getting the nourishment they need. They need to be divided every three or four years. It's a good opportunity for you to share your rhizomes, and to reinvigorate the rhizomes that you keep.
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Jul 29, 2013 9:18 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
Hi Suzanne & 'boo' to the deer.
Jul 29, 2013 10:07 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Hi Suzanne

The deer around here only bother the iris after I have replanted the field they do not eat the foliage or the flower

Welcome to the friendliest place in gardenung

Denise Stewart
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

Jul 29, 2013 10:17 PM CST
Name: Paul Smith
Pleasant Grove Utah
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Welcome Suzanne....I have deer here all summer/ They never bother my Iris or Hosta. I understand they are awful to Hosta some places. They do love the new buds on my roses Hope you enjoy this forum.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Jul 30, 2013 9:49 PM CST
Thanks for making me feel so welcome.I really enjoy gardening but have decided just to plant things that the deer won't bother. Most of my beds are in fairly good condition, I am taking some flowers out to put in my irises. The bed on the side is not as good still has a lot of clay, I was going to add quite of bit of compost and manure to it before planting my new irises, do you suggest fertilizing with 10-10-10 when planting or wait until spring. Another question how do you keep the weeds out when you don't use mulch over the rizones, hubby loves to put preen on everything, is that safe to use with the Irises
Aug 1, 2013 3:45 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
The first # (N) should always be low or all you get are iris leaves. They need at least half day sun hopefully more.
Aug 2, 2013 6:20 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Suzz, welcome, welcome!!!!!!!
Aug 4, 2013 10:18 AM CST
Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
Welcome Suzz!
Sep 15, 2013 5:08 AM CST
Name: Val Harding
Melbourne, Australia
Welcome Suzz!
All this talk about deer is new to me.
We have possums that eat buds, specially roses. I don't know if they like irises yet. So far mine have been safe. Rabbits are a problem for farmers here, but again, I don't know if they like irises.
Sep 19, 2013 11:03 PM CST
Name: Julia
Western Washington
Welcome to the site. Looking forward to spring blooms.

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