Old bearded iris bulbs

jessicahughey4October 3, 2013

I found some old bearded iris bulbs in my moms attic. They have probably been up there 15 plus years. I have planted them with the roots down around a mound of soil and the tops barely covered with soil. The dried stalks are peeking up through the soil. When can I start to see growth and green in the stalks....if ever. Any tips for me to get these old irisis to grow and bloom?

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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

I don't think they stand a chance.
But it's a fun experiment. Report back if they resurrect, ok?
I'd leave them in until spring for the experiment.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2013 at 2:23AM
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aggiegrad(5)

if it were me, I'd call or write to schriener's iris for some iris rhyzome booster food for next year, it couldn't hurt. you don't want it for now, because it wouldn't help thru the winter. by next spring you should see some new growth on your iris. as long as you have root, you have flowers. any idea why they were hidden in the attic so long? maybe your mom didn't like them but didn't want to get rid of them either. if they still don't grow by say july, then they are not going to, but it's worth a try. they have probably been waiting for some dirt to be in for years. hope they do well for you now.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 1:50AM
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bear_with_me(8 Pacific NW)

I think if they grow, that's a reportable accomplishment! I can't think of many plants that would survive 15 years in an attic.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2013 at 3:53PM
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