Iris with no stem?

cardwellaveMay 26, 2011

I bought three Iris from a local nursery (Block's). They were obviously foliage with buds. One of them (Blueberry delight) opened, but it's not on a stem. It opened at the base of the folage. So basically the flower is flopped all over the leaves at the bottom. Because I bought them already as foliage and not just a fall bulb/rhizome, did it not grow a stem? I am confused and disappointed!

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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Bummer! It may have done that because of the move from one place to another. Were they transplanted recently? The shock could have caused it. I expect that it will be okay the next time it blooms.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2011 at 12:36AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

this sometimes happens with hosta ...

the suggestion is that the flower stem .. when still in bud form was damaged .... and stopped growing.. but the plants inclination to bloom prevails ....

should be all set next year ...does blocks specialize in iris .. where is it ...


    Bookmark   May 26, 2011 at 7:58AM
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It is a huge greenhouse/nursery here in SE Michigan. They have like 30 some greenhouses and NO parking in the summer. Very good prices on flowers and perennials. Lowe's had some nice tall stemmed iris already bloomed but were about $10 each. I got three from Blocks for $10 and the one has the results I spoke of (although it has a second bud on a slightly taller stem maybe 4 inches). One of the others appears to have lost its bud somehow (we have had very wet weather lately), and the third has its bud still at the base of the foliage.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2011 at 8:18AM
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