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Imagecrowrita1
Nov 6, 2016 8:27 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
This will probably sound crazy, but, next time you divide it.....fertilize the **** out of at least one piece. Try a handful of alfalfa pellets in the "planting hole", water it in with the "regular" Miracle Grow" (not the 'bloom buster'), and give it a dose of 10-10-10 the following spring . If you have any shredded wood mulch, use it...don't cover the rhizome, but do a 2' area all around the rhizome.
I have Clarence in two locations....in the "rebloomer bed", it's grown "by the book"....no excess nitrogen, no mulch...it gets a "high P" fertilizer, and blooms like crazy in the spring ! BUT, it never offers a rebloom. The other plant is in a mixed perennial bed, mulched with shredded wood, gets 10-10-10 twice a season, and gets sprayed with 'regular Miracle grow 3 times a season....it blooms "normally" in the spring.....2, or maybe 3 stalks. In the fall, it really goes to town, though...that 'clump' is about 18" in diameter, now, and was 3 rhizomes, planted (divided the plant)in mid-June. It's blooming later than normal, but it has 5 stalks Shrug! . I'm thinking.....extra fertilizer at planting time means a larger root system, and larger spring rhizomes.....higher nitrogen means more increases and faster growth.....mulch means constant moisture........ Shrug! !
rebloom size rhizomes need to grow fast...and "un-interupted", to be blooming size by early fall. I'm thinking you'll see some Re !
ImageMuddymitts
Nov 7, 2016 6:04 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Interesting! Thanks, Arlyn!!
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imagegrannysgarden
Nov 7, 2016 8:42 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
Investing that much time and care in one iris is why I moved a lot of my rebloomers to the same area. Unfortunately, I was quarantined from the garden until after the first killing frost so nothing was cared for this summer. I just hope now I get spring bloom. Daughter Of Stars is blooming away so I will always think of that one fondly. I have a couple of medians that are blooming as well. Clarence did not re and another that I grow and has had re every year except for this year is Barn Dance. It is just too dry here and without water it will wait, I am sure, for a better year to re. I have lost a lot of other plants this year and some young trees due to drought and neglect. The irises may look bad but they will live.
Imagecrowrita1
Nov 7, 2016 9:49 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Segregating the rebloomers to a bed "by themselves" DOES make their care easier, Bonnie.....that's for sure! This year, I've had a few rebloom, that *really* aren't supposed to Re in colder zones...if at all.....and I'm thinking it was the unusually wet August we had (we got OUR rain, and YOUR rain, too, I guess Shrug! ). Clarence, though....and also Total Recall....always seem to have "minds of their own" when it comes to rebloom, and seem to want even MORE fertilizer to Re well.That said, I've never had any rot.....fungal OR bacterial....with either one of them, no matter which area they are planted in Shrug! , so I guess they are extra *resistant*.
Imagecrowrita1
Nov 10, 2016 3:45 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
here's what's open, now:
Thumb of 2016-11-10/crowrita1/5fd252
Baby Blessed
Thumb of 2016-11-10/crowrita1/bd37d6
Belvi Queen
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Champagne Encore
Thumb of 2016-11-10/crowrita1/2e5281
City Lights
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Clarence
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Constant Companion
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Double Your Fun
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Earl Of Essex
Thumb of 2016-11-10/crowrita1/1fc258
I Bless
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I Do
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Lady Essex and Autumn Tryst
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Low Ho Silver
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Mariposa Wizard
Thumb of 2016-11-10/crowrita1/35315b
My Friend Jonathan
Thumb of 2016-11-10/crowrita1/f0eb65
October Sun
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Perfume Counter
Thumb of 2016-11-10/crowrita1/d718df
Queen Dorothy
Thumb of 2016-11-10/crowrita1/2c0676
Renown
Thumb of 2016-11-10/crowrita1/35af71
September Buttercup
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Sunset Serenade
and I didn't get pictures of Eleanor Roosevelt, or White Autumn King *Blush*
Imageirisarian
Nov 10, 2016 4:14 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Thanks Arlyn !
Imagegrannysgarden
Nov 10, 2016 6:14 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
Beautiful blooms in your garden, Arlyn! Thank you for sharing them with us. Smiling
ImageMShadow
Nov 10, 2016 6:58 PM CST
Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
Wow, Thumbs up
ImageOrchid40
Nov 11, 2016 3:40 AM CST
Name: Val Harding
Melbourne, Australia
Amazing!! I guess this might be a small compensation for all the ones you lost earlier. I hope so, anyway.
ImageMuddymitts
Nov 12, 2016 5:37 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Wow Arlyn -- what an astounding collection of blooms during the fall. And so late, at that!!

Thanks for sharing. Thumbs up
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imagetveguy
Nov 14, 2016 4:44 AM CST
Name: Tom
Wisconsin
I agree Hurray!
ImageDaveinPA
Nov 14, 2016 3:56 PM CST
Name: Dave
south central PA, Zone 6a
Great group of rebloomers! thanks.
Imagecrowrita1
Nov 14, 2016 5:59 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
The freezing temps (25 degrees) on the night of the 11th, and 26 degrees on the following night, pretty well stopped everything. There are a *few* buds that may still be viable, so I'm holding off cutting those back....just in case Sticking tongue out ...but, it's probably a "forlorn hope" Shrug!
Imagecrowrita1
Nov 14, 2016 6:15 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
I just "crunched the numbers', and counting the "bulb" iris, bearded, beardless, and rebloom....152 days of continuous bloom Thumbs up The bearded gave me 53 days of spring bloom, and 52 days of rebloom, so, even with the disease problems I had at the beginning of the season........not too bad Sticking tongue out
ImageMuddymitts
Nov 14, 2016 6:53 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Pretty darn good, I'd say!!! Thumbs up
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imageirisarian
Nov 14, 2016 10:45 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Right. Sounds good to me.
ImageOrchid40
Nov 15, 2016 3:02 AM CST
Name: Val Harding
Melbourne, Australia
Great, sounds like a win to me!
Imagetveguy
Nov 16, 2016 5:18 AM CST
Name: Tom
Wisconsin
It's good to know that all your hard work is paying off with blooms. Smiling
ImageMShadow
Nov 16, 2016 11:14 AM CST
Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
I tip my hat to you.

Just noticed your first bloom was on March 14, so 4 more months and it will all start over again. Thumbs up
Imagecrowrita1
Nov 16, 2016 11:52 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Hurray!

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