Transplanting Iris today

jenn(SoCal 9/19)November 15, 2012

I was planning to transplant my bearded Iris today from a temporary raised box into the garden. Then I read the FAQ that says to let the separated rhizomes lay in a shady dry area for a couple days to allow the cuts to scab before planting.

Is that an absolute necessity? If I hadn't read it first I would be planting them today -- and then what? No blooms again? Rotten rhizomes? I'm not disputing the ideal method, just wondering if it's absolutely necessary.

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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

The reason is to prevent the bacteria that causes rot from entering the iris. I plant them right away, but sometimes I lose a few. It's worth the risk to me, since when I'm in the mood to divide I don't want to wait.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 9:39PM
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jenn(SoCal 9/19)

Thanks, Renee. I feel the same way.

I've decided to keep them in the raised boxes for another year, and add the little babies I bought earlier this year still in small pots (the ones I shared a picture of in the shallow terracotta bowl). I'd like to create some Iris beds for them but don't have any ready at this time.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 12:42AM
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