iris question

christie_sw_mo(Z6)November 12, 2009

I intended to move these out of the backyard over the summer and didn't get around to it. I think our latest dog addition may have pulled the leaves off of them or maybe the frost just killed the leaves. They look like they have new leaves growing back and the rhizomes are exposed. I've never had them sticking up out of the ground so much before.

Do you think I should put a little mulch or soil over them?

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gldno1

Christie I would rather have the top half exposed than covered. Especially with all the rains.

I do think after bloom next spring they need to be divided.

All mine have new growth coming up too.

I believe I would let them be until next year.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2009 at 6:28PM
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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

Thanks Glenda - I was too embarrassed to show that photo in the iris forum. They look abused. I'll wait until spring to move them.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2009 at 11:34AM
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gldno1

You shouldn't be ashamed. Mine had been in the same place for 10 years when the flooding rains caused all the rot and I decided to move them! I think I lost some completely but I will know for certain this year which will be the second year after moving.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2009 at 5:20AM
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ladycraft(6b MO)

Just to add confusion. I am by no means an expert, but I had a guy give me several bags of them yesterday. We are in SW MO. I'm not wanting to plant them but I will and they will do fine here. Iris are pretty hardy. Kathy

    Bookmark   November 17, 2009 at 7:47AM
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gldno1

I have some lay in boxes in the barn overwinter and start showing green tips the next spring. I planted them and they survived. They are hard to kill.

Welcome ladycraft. Glad to have you join us.

glenda

    Bookmark   November 18, 2009 at 4:52AM
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ladycraft(6b MO)

Thanks Glenda, I am just getting back into gardening but will hang out here more. Kathy

    Bookmark   November 18, 2009 at 6:37AM
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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

Thanks Kathy! Sounds like you hit the jackpot on iris.
I have more iris that are the same kind as the ones in the photo on the other side of our fence away from my dogs so even if these succumbed to abuse, I'd have the others. They are those small purple ones that smell like grape koolaid.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2009 at 7:06AM
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