Any hope for my irises?

jeannieNYC(6)April 2, 2013

I bought some dwarf irises and planted them in pots on the balcony last fall. They were doing well as they began to pop from the pots with green foliage. Then I noticed that the tips were yellow and the foliage looked withered. I realized that my BF was over-watering them and they were sitting in water because I was able to pluck the foliage out. Well, as you may imagine, I was upset and annoyed.

My question is, are the iris bulbs done for? Or can they be salvaged? Or will it continue to grow?

I also considered digging out the bulbs and see what condition they're in. Any advice?

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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

They may have rotted. They should not be planted below the surface of the soil either, so if you cannot see the rhizomes, they were planted too deeply. I would dig them up, and if you see black or brown rot, you can cut the rotted part off, let what's left of the rhizome dry out at the cut, then replant with the rhizome at the soil's surface so its back shows, and water sparingly. You may be able to bring them back, but they won't bloom this year.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 10:40PM
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jeannieNYC(6)

Thank you @hosenemesis for your response and advice. I will see how badly the rhizomes are affected. What should I do about the other pot of irises that seem to be doing ok? should i dig them up and plant them closer to the surface?

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 1:07AM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

I wouldn't bother- you can scoop out some of the dirt at the top if you wish, but I wouldn't disturb the roots. Good luck!

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 11:54PM
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ladyrose65

I planted mine too deep, out of 12 i got 5 sprouting. I followed a YouTube video on how to plant them. (I won't do that again!)

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 9:51PM
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