So rainy - my irises are rotting!
Argh! It's rained and rained for the past month. A few of my new irises put out some leaves this spring but then disappeared. When I noticed one I've had for a few years had no leaves, I did some digging to see what's going on. I have never even looked for soft rot before, since my soil is well drained.
I dug up Classic Suede, the one that appeared to have a firm rhizome but no leaves. It was rotting underneath but there was still plenty of firm rhizome left and a few healthy roots. Spanish Angel had one tiny fan of leaves and when I dug it up I found it has only a scrap of rhizome and one healthy root.
I soaked them in dilute Pine Sol (hopefully this works; I don't keep bleach or chemicals in the house), then laid them out to dry. I can't sun them or plant them outside as it's still raining, so I have them under a light in the basement. I'm thinking of potting them up for the rest of the summer. Any thoughts? And should I trim the leaves on Spanish Angel, since it has almost no root structure? And will Classic Suede grow leaves?