Anyone grow spuria irises?

weeper_11(2b SK)June 25, 2014

I have a number of spuria irises that were planted 3 or 4 years ago. They survive every year, but increase sooooo slowly(as in, they gain maybe one fan each spring!), and none of mine have bloomed yet. They do look a bit more beefed up this spring, but so far none of them look like they'll be blooming.

I'm not really sure what to do with them. They are planted in different locations in my garden, so I don't think moving them will help. Anyone have ideas? Do spuria just take a really long time to settle in? Does anyone else grow them, and how do they do for you?

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Ginny McLean_Petite_Garden

Was looking at some on Chuck's website and thinking of maybe trying one or two. I only have Siberian irises other than bearded.

I think the spurias tend to like it dry and arid where as Siberians tend to like it moist. ?? Fraid I don't have any info for you, Katie. :(

Ginny

    Bookmark   June 25, 2014 at 3:19PM
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nutsaboutflowers(2b/3a)

Is there any possibility that they're crowded together?

My irises never bloomed very well. After seeing pictures on this forum, and realizing mine were seriously lacking, I decided to dig some of them up and move them. Now that they're not as crowded, both areas are blooming like crazy.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2014 at 9:10PM
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weeper_11(2b SK)

Nope! I planted them about 1 1/2 feet away from each other, anticipating these large clumps they are supposed to turn into...they look kind of silly, now!

I'm guessing it must be my soil, because I know it isn't the zone, and they are planted at the proper depth..

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 9:08AM
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lazy_gardens

My mom had them in Phoenix and they multiplied a lot.

Full sun and well-watered.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 9:12AM
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weeper_11(2b SK)

And after posting this message, it looks like about 3/5 of my spuria ARE going to bloom this year, lol. Maybe they need more rain in the spring than I think they do. Or maybe in my soil they just take longer to get to blooming size than they are supposed to! Who knows. Glad I'll finally get to see some blooms, anyway.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 9:37AM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

We are going to want to see pictures! I have yet to get into the iris/peony addiction. I acquired some day lilies and going to be fun to see what color they are.

SCG

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 10:35AM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

SCG, if you're going to develop a daylily addiction, a good time to do it will be when Floral and Hardy has their summer sale. You can get some good ones for about $2. Not that i would ever enable you.... :>

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 11:44AM
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kayakcraig(2a)

Here is my one of my spuria iris blooming now. Bought it from Chuck Chapman several years ago

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 10:20PM
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kayakcraig(2a)

And another

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 10:21PM
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kayakcraig(2a)

This is a pseudata iris a cross between a Japanese( ensata) iris and pseudocorus

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 10:25PM
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twrosz

This is a bit off topic, though had recently seen what I was told was a Siberian x Japanese iris cross having the form of a double Japanese, believe me it was very nice!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 5:30PM
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weeper_11(2b SK)

Wow, that one is so much larger than mine! You must have the right conditions for it. I don't have good pictures, but you'll get the general idea. This one is either "Look Again" or "Vintage Year". I think it might be Vintage Year. I had Look Again at one point, but I think it died.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 9:07AM
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weeper_11(2b SK)

And this is possibly "Kiss of Caramel". Jeesh, I used to keep better track of these things!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 9:09AM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Nice pictures all!!

I am resisting the urge....

SCG

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 10:39AM
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