Dug them up--how to 'save' for a few weeks?

deanna_in_nh(5a/4b)August 18, 2009

I had to dig up some purple/yellow historic irises and I have some bearded irises, also. I'll be taking quite a few of them to a swap, so my question involves what to do with them until then. Right now I've put them in a shady location lying on the ground. I haven't trimmed any fans off yet. What should I do with them for the next 5 weeks while I'm waiting for a plant swap? Should I just keep them in the shade, put them in the basement? I know they should be planted 6 weeks before frost and can be overwintered in the basement, but I don't know the best thing to do with them for a temporary amount of time before replanting. If I leave them in the shady spot for 5 more weeks (about 6 week total for historic, 9 weeks total for bearded) will it stress them?

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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

My personal experience is that bearded iris planted in September don't have time to establish enough to survive. Replanting them now would be fine. Replanting them in late September isn't. I'd pot them up.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2009 at 12:57PM
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