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.
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.
Hi Suzanne! Welcome to our little group. Glad to have another Kentuckian aboard -- I'm in the Paducah area!!
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.
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
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.