Where should I store my iris until I plant them?

TNY78(7a-East TN)June 15, 2013

Hello, I just received my order from Williamson Flower Farm of about 50 iris. Its going to take me at least a week to get them all planted between work, rain and searing heat. Where is the best place for me to keep them for the time being? I know with roses, I can't keep them indoors because of the a/c (spider mites, leaves dry out...blah, blah), but this is the first year I've had a large iris delivery. I don't want them to bake out in my garage, and I can keep them in the house, but I wasn't sure if the air conditioning was ok for them. Also, should I wrap each indivdual one in a damp papertowel, or are they ok as-is? Thanks for any help :)

Tammy

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ctopher_mi

You can store them dry in paper bags or the box or however they shipped them. Do NOT add any water to them, and it doesn't matter so much where you put them as bearded Iris are really tough. Personally I'd just set them in the shade somewhere, but away from where animals might bother them. In the house is fine too, and I can't imagine your garage getting so hot they would be damaged, because it takes a lot of heat to hurt them.

Have fun planting.

Chris

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 8:14PM
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TNY78(7a-East TN)

Well, I like that answer! :)

Thank you!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 9:11PM
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TNY78(7a-East TN)

Here's how they looked when they arrived...layed between straw(?). How long can I keep them in the box before damage is done?

Tammy

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 12:25AM
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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

I'd plant them sometime in the next six months. People have kept them in car trunks for a year and still had some rhizomes survive.

Bearded iris rhizomes are not quite like any other plant in what they like and what they dislike. If you try to treat them like a normal perennial, you will probably kill them with kindness. They are adapted to a summer dry climate. That is when they are dormant, and when they want very little water. That is going to be one of the worst problems you will have with growing them - keeping them dry enough during the summer.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 10:58AM
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TNY78(7a-East TN)

So the 5 I got last week probably need to come out of the pots I planted them in...eek! I made sure the tops of the rhyzomes were above the soil level, but I guess I've probably been over watering them. Thanks for the advice :)

Tammy

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 5:25PM
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