New to iris question

kstatefan(5B - KS)April 29, 2009

I planted for the first time last summer. Will they bloom this year?

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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Depending upon the variety, if they were planted properly (proper depth), and in a proper location (sun, drainage, etc) , yes they should probably bloom for you.

There are however many different types of iris. Dutch iris I have had for years have never bloomed but the first year.

Some Iris Cristata took a couple of years to settle in and bloom, and I am getting to see them bloom for the first time this year. The wait was well worth it.

Sue

Here is a link that might be useful: Dwarf Woodland Irises Iris cristata: Crested Iris

    Bookmark   April 29, 2009 at 11:39AM
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kstatefan(5B - KS)

They are planted in full sun in a raised bed. These are the ones i planted.
Black Dragon
Grape Snakez
Rustler
Batik
Purple Serenade
Midnight Treat
Raptor Red
Wabash
Daughter of Stars
Obsidian

    Bookmark   April 29, 2009 at 12:45PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Nice choices! It looks like you like purple. Daughter of Stars is one of my favorites. It reblooms in California.
Renee

    Bookmark   April 29, 2009 at 11:55PM
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kstatefan(5B - KS)

Yes we like purple. I also like black flowers and it seem most of those are a dark purple.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2009 at 8:41AM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Hi kstatefan,

Me again. In thinking about my reply above, I maybe should have said that 'many or most' should bloom for you this year. Depending on the time you planted them, and how mature the rhizome was, all of them may not have settled in and grown enough to bloom this year. Hopefully you will see several blooms from your list of great varieties.

I also like black flowers and it seem most of those are a dark purple.

Below is Before the Storm and as you said, most are dark purple.

There have been some great threads in the past on black irises, in case you have not seen them see link below. Unfortunately, many of the pics are not still available in the threads as they have been moved or something.

Sue

Here is a link that might be useful: top 3 threads name a lot of Blacks

    Bookmark   April 30, 2009 at 9:18AM
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kstatefan(5B - KS)

My Iris bed

    Bookmark   April 30, 2009 at 7:36PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Very neat, and tidy but I think they may soon outgrow their bed, and/or grow together, maybe making digging difficult to know exactly what is what when dividing them.

I'd think you might see some bud growth soon. They sure look healthy and happy there.

Sue

    Bookmark   April 30, 2009 at 10:50PM
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kstatefan(5B - KS)

I was to hard to decide on just the right amount for the bed. I thought if these came out good I would add another bed in the future.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2009 at 10:37AM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Did you plant just one rhizome of each variety you listed in your first post? ...or 2 or more of each?

Taken from the FAQ here...If you have the room, plant your rzs about 2' apart with no other plants nearby to overgrow them and compete for soil nutrients. You can also plant 3 separate rhizomes in a triangle 1' apart with the leaf fans facing outwards to produce an instant clump effect.

I'm finding that even 2" apart, they soon grow and spread so fast there is a danger of getting them mixed up. (it does not take much to confuse me...lol)

I look forward to bloom pics!

Sue

    Bookmark   May 1, 2009 at 10:47AM
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kstatefan(5B - KS)

I do not remember for sure but I think just one. All the plants in the front came from Schreiner's. A couple in the back came from a local sale and might have been two rhizomes.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2009 at 11:09AM
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ladylovingdove

They look big enough to bloom to me. I always rely on a saying that you can count on 50% to bloom the first year. Also when they bloom the first year, the weight of the stalk can cause them to fall over somewhat. When this happens I just put a stone or brick on top of the rhizome to hold it down until it is done blooming.
They look happy to me.

Dot

    Bookmark   May 3, 2009 at 9:38AM
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kstatefan(5B - KS)

First Bloom

The color is not correct it is purple.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2009 at 1:08PM
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kprp(6)

I just won a division ribbon at an iris show with "Batik" over the weekend. It's a fun and reliable little Border Bearded iris.

Before the Storm is the best black, so productive, I doubt that I'll ever try another one. I've tried Black Suited and it doesn't bloom for me in not-so-sunny places where Before the Storm does well.

Obsidian did pretty well for me. Daughter of STars--I just don't see what all of the fuss is about. It's pretty enough and last year(first year) it bloomed, but this year it was riddled with leaf spot, in fact, it was ground zero for the leaf spot infection in my iris garden.

I've got a Wabash look alike and it's one of only two historic's I have. It's so bright and pretty and reliable!

    Bookmark   May 11, 2009 at 1:25PM
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kstatefan(5B - KS)

Batik bloomed today and there are buds on nine of the plants. Black Dragon is the only one I can not see any buds on.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 1:03PM
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