Will any of the iris I plant now will bloom next spring?

fireballgaAugust 25, 2008

Hi everyone,

I'm new to growing iris, and have a few dozen rhizomes I've ordered that will be planted this week. I'm sure they won't all bloom, but is there any chance that I may see some of them flower next spring?

Thanks so much for your help!

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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Well ......................... I'll put it this way. If you get no bloom at all, order elsewhere.
If you get 50% bloom, hooray. If greater than that share your source and your soil!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 7:06PM
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fireballga

LOL...thanks, iris_gal! That sounds reasonable to me. :-) If I see 50% bloom this spring, I will be ecstatic, that's for sure. I appreciate your reply!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 7:11PM
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marvine(z7/8 GA)

Welcome to the iris forum. I agree that you should expect at least 50% bloom next Spring, if you plant them where they will get at least 6 hours sun. Where in Georgia are you? I'm in Warm Springs and have over 2000 (500 plus different). There are several iris clubs in Georgia - we would love having you in one of them. Marvin E.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2008 at 7:08AM
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glitterglass(7a)

Hi there,

I am about to plant the 19 rhizomes I ordered from Cooley's website and I have been wondering to myself about the success as well. I live in Washington DC so I have good old clay soil, which I amend with Bumper Crop anytime I plant something new. The website sells a "Spring and Fall combo" of fertilizers---one to apply in each season---but I am puzzled: NEITHER has the formulation which the planting instructions from the bulb shipment suggests to use! Should I assume that the ones they sell are sufficient, or should I also buy another (Anderson's is the only brand I can find with that specific nitrogen count)?

Sorry if I went off-topic; first time poster, be patient! : )

    Bookmark   August 31, 2008 at 12:10AM
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carlos42180(Z5 Chicago)

When I moved to my new location last year, I moved my entire Iris collection with me. Because I couldn't plant them all the way, I had everything, plus new acquistitions, growing in pots. I tried Walter Moores' potting method, which can be found on the web, and it works wonders.

Even though I only was able to put half of my irises into the ground. The results were phenomenal. Now it could be because my "new ground" has more nutrients than the soil at my old house, but highly doubt it. I had about 85% of the planted Irises bloom this spring, thus giving me my best Iris season ever. I highly suggest you try out his technique.

Carlos

    Bookmark   September 2, 2008 at 9:08PM
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