My official first planting of iris

ladyrose65November 15, 2012

I watched a youtube video that basically said to place in well-drained soil with a mound. They are bearded iris's, I got from HD: "Cherub's Smile, Rock Star, Galore, and Firebreather. I added rock phosphate and bonemeal. I watered and they seemed to drain okay, but we do get lots of snow.

I'm thinking okay. Could I have done something better?

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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

We usually plant irises at least six weeks before the first frost. Here's a link to a tip from the American Iris Society on how to keep irises from heaving in cold areas that might help.

It is unlikely that the irises you bought at Home Depot will turn out to be the irises on the labels. The big box stores are notorious for selling random irises and labeling them wrong. Sometimes the irises are very pretty anyway, so not all is lost. I have purchased irises from them that were not even the same color as the one on the label!

Renee

Here is a link that might be useful: The Brick Method

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 9:44PM
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ladyrose65

Thanks Renee. I am very new to iris's, I never realized how beautiful they can be. This might be another addictive habbit. Can you all tell me where you usually order your rhizomes from? What online companies do you all use?

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 1:31PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

It's called "the iris virus"! They come in so many beautiful and exotic colors and shapes that it's hard to stop buying them. They are also so cheap, especially compared to exotic daylilies or many bulbs.

I buy from many iris growers, including Superstition, Schreiners, Wild Iris Rows, His Iris Garden, Iris 4 U, Napa Country Iris, MidAmerica, Bonnie's Iris, and many more. I like to browse the catalogs and find six or seven I like then order them all at once to save on shipping. Pricing differs a bit, but it is usually the case that the more expensive places send bigger rhizomes. You can also order from an iris grower in your zone to be assured that the irises you get will thrive where you live. Have fun shopping- ordering usually starts in January, and the irises ship out in summer.
Renee

Here is a link that might be useful: AIS commercial listings

    Bookmark   November 17, 2012 at 1:43AM
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ladyrose65

I went out today to look at them, two of them are turning green! They looked so dead in the package. I put some hay over them to protect from severe frost.

This is a picture of my first iris, in which I had no clue how to grow. I actually put in the ground and left if for dead, because the others turned to mush. Can you tell me what is the name of this iris?

    Bookmark   November 17, 2012 at 3:09PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

It's a beauty! If you bought it at a big box store, it may not be a "named" variety, but that doesn't make it any less gorgeous. I love the orange beards.
Renee

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 4:47PM
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mccommas(z5CT)

Have you noted that the white part on the top isn't really true white? It has a blue hue. Very nice.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 8:48PM
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ladyrose65

I supposed to be doing my homework, I'm reading about Iris's, definately going to get a book for christmas. Taking any suggestions.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 9:58PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Ladyrose

Have you looked at pictures of:

Connection
Costa Rica
Favorite Beau

I'm working on editing my photos ~ only up to the H's.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 5:44PM
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ladyrose65

I'll check it out.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 3:49PM
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PollyNY(z5NY)

ladyrose65, are you looking for a suggestion for a book? If so I strongly suggest Irises by Claire Austin. Many gorgeous pics, and great advice.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 10:48AM
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ladyrose65

Thank You Polly will look it up.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 11:04PM
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john3(7a)

By the way, 'Rock Star' is a rebloomer. Wondering if the packaging states so. Have noticed that the packaging at WalMart this year doesn't indicate that 'RS' and 'Speeding Again' are rebloomers. Glad to see someone else purchased 'Cherub's Smile'. Much luck with them all.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2012 at 2:47PM
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ladyrose65

How do I protect them from the Iris Bohrer? We live on wooded property and we get a lot of insects, cats and worms.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2012 at 9:59PM
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mccommas(z5CT)

You don't really need to worry about insects or cats. You just got to find a good spot. If they repeatedly turn to mush, it�s a bad spot. I have had zero problems with insects, pets and Iris. I wish I could say the same of my lilies. Darn those lily leaf eater beetles to Hell!

Iris like sun sun and more sun. They can�t get enough sun. They are easy to grow. Cut away the dead leaves as when they start to rot they can bring about the mush. Also check Home Depot again. The one here has them at half price. I am going back for more tomorrow. You can never have enough!

I would go easy on the bone meal. Mix it in good. One year I had some of that crap on the top of the soil and it just seemed to get moldy and gross. I don�t even use it anymore.

I use Miracle Grow Bloom Booster ( which is different from the regular Miracle Grow plant food) a couple times a year. Also that fertilizer that comes in balls seems to be pretty good for slow release. It is expensive though.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 6:58PM
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