Bearded Iris Pups

zzyzx(z9/ss21 So Cal)October 3, 2012

This is the first time I have seen pup plants on an Iris flower shoot. It this common for most Bearded Iris?

The pups are starting to push out roots so I will cut them off the flower stalk and let them root in a pot. I thought this flower stalks were producing seed pods but when I checked a few weeks later, the pups were sprouting off the flower stalk. Free plants are always a nice surprise..

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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Wow! I have never seen proliferations like that on irises. Lucky you. I get them on daylilies.
Renee

    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 11:35PM
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onederw

I've never seen anything like it either. Free plants = Good! Zzyzx, do you know what the name of your iris is? What color are the blooms?

Kay

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 8:28AM
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zzyzx(z9/ss21 So Cal)

I'm not sure of the name because I forgot what color it is. I know I bought the Iris from Walmart year or two ago so it's one the the standard varieties they carry. I have to look at some of the pictures I took of the front yard and see if I can figure out what the name of that particular Iris is. I kept the packaging labels for the Irises I bought but I'll just have to find those too (some where in my garage...

Course I'm not sure if Walmart carries different varieties for different section of the country.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 10:46AM
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PollyNY(z5NY)

How cool is that! I've never seen it either. I would send a picture to AIS.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 11:24AM
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jeanrichter(9 (SF bay area))

I've heard of this happening, but it's not common.

If you got your iris at Walmart, chances are it's not true to name anyway, so don't go to too much trouble to figure out what they called it...

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 2:58PM
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zzyzx(z9/ss21 So Cal)

Wow, I feel like I'm an owner of a two faced kitty cat now!

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 8:05PM
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gardenofeden777(8a central Louisiana)

Hum, you learn something new everyday. Very neat indeed!

Rena'

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 9:34PM
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flowergirl70ks

I have been growing iris since 1951, and have had this happen only once. It was on Victoria Falls.I mentioned this to people in the club in Wichita and they acted like I was crazy. So I am happy to see the pic you put on here. At the time I didn't have a computer, or know about this forum.
By the way, I planted the rhizome and when it bloomed it was white, all white.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 11:49AM
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zzyzx(z9/ss21 So Cal)

I'll have to see what color the flowers produced by the proliferations turn out to be and report back to here.

The mother plant actually made two separate proliferations, one on two flower stalks. I thought the plant was setting seed pods but the pods turned out to be pup plants. Take a look at the photo. One of the pup plants has three appendages in summitry. It's like the pup grow out of the seed pod.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 3:03PM
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Nancy zone 6

Wow! I'm so glad you posted pictures, I've never seen anything like that.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 8:29AM
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eukofios

That is very cool! I have a topsetting onion that does that, and I've seen orchids do that, but not irises! I would plant them. Who knows - maybe your variety is prone to do that.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 11:55PM
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zzyzx(z9/ss21 So Cal)

I'm guessing from what flowergirl above said that these proliferations are not going to be a clone of the mother plant rather a cross growing from the seeds in the seed pod.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 9:23PM
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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Please keep us posted. We will all be watching to see what happens. Good luck.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 8:27PM
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zzyzx(z9/ss21 So Cal)

OK, I have them in small pots now. I left them on the mother plant as long as I could but with the onset of cooler weather, the flower stalks the pups were living on started to decline rather quickly.

This post was edited by zzyzx on Tue, Jan 1, 13 at 21:32

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 8:51PM
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mccommas(z5CT)

That is awesome. Perhaps what happened was it was a seed pod and for whatever reason, the seeds in there sprouted. You would not think so given the inhibitor.

It would be very boring if they were just clones of the mother plant. Make sure you label them if you don't have a good memory. I use colored Popsicle sticks.

I would guess they would not exactly like each other as they are siblings. I hope that happens to me someday!

    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 11:39AM
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