Iris bulbs sprouting too soon?

sandij_gardener(5)March 19, 2010

Hi there, I'm in Toronto Canada and it's not time yet to plant bulbs. I bought a bag of iris bulbs from Costo, 50 Discovery and 50 Mount Everest. I just looked at the back of the bag and through the window, I can see almost all bulbs have a 1/2" pale yellowish green sprout. How can I slow them down? I've stored them in the cool basement until now.

I've pot planted my Dahlia bulbs for transplanting later. Should I do the same with these? I've got 100 bulbs!!:EEK: I don't want the iris plants to get straggly, which so often happens if planted too soon in pots before planting into the garden. Our normal outdoor planting weekend is May 24 so there's still 8 weeks to go.

Any suggestions? Should I slow them down, and if so, how? thanks for any help.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I should clarify: these are NOT iris rhizomes but rather Dutch Iris bulbs. Tks.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2010 at 5:47PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Maybe it's different in Ontario, but I thought the time to plant Dutch iris bulbs was in the fall.


    Bookmark   March 20, 2010 at 2:31AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

With all my investigating on the internet, I was starting to come to the same conclusion, Keith. Funny how a lot of sites tell you how to plant but not WHEN to plant.

I guess I might as well just plunk them into the ground here right now at the house and not wait for cottage time in May. I don't want to take a chance on losing 100 bulbs.

Thanks for the reply.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2010 at 9:30AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Too many roots!
I had a spot in the yard and grass would not grow....
jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois
Dried out Rhizomes - Iris
I have a few Iris that are dried out from storing them...
Iris douglasiana
I'm looking for sources for this iris that will ship....
Here is photo of an SDB I have been looking at out...
help with my bearded irises
About 2 years ago I moved. Not wanting to leave my...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™