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Read the FAQ.... still not sure why my iris won't bloom?

Posted by lucilleclifton Zone 4 (My Page) on
Fri, May 20, 11 at 13:54

So, I transplanted a lone clump of iris from a wild, unmowed border of my large yard 2 summers ago (moved the plants summer 2009). The area where they had been was not full sun. I moved it to a little cultivated bed I created with similar sun exposure. I'm in Wisconsin and I have no flower stalks yet, which I'm assuming means I get no blooms again this year. I expected no blooms last year. What else can I do to help these guys out?

Here is the bed as it looked last spring:
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RE: Read the FAQ.... still not sure why my iris won't bloom?

How deep do you have those iris planted? I don't see the rhizome. The top of the rhizome should be above ground so that it can get sunlight. If not they don't bloom, or bloom very little.

In zone 4 I would think it is still too early for stalks to appear yet. I could be wrong.


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RE: Read the FAQ.... still not sure why my iris won't bloom?

You can't see in that pic, but the tops of the rhizomes are exposed. Maybe you are right and it's just too early for stalks. I saw all these posts about blooms and just assumed I was foiled again this year! I can't recall the phenology of when iris bloom here.


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RE: Read the FAQ.... still not sure why my iris won't bloom?

I think it might be too early yet. I still have a number of irises that have not bloomed, and I'm in California.
Renee


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RE: Read the FAQ.... still not sure why my iris won't bloom?

Good news.... I have about 6 buds waiting to blossom into flowers!!! I was just too impatient. ;-) Will post pics when they bloom!!


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RE: Read the FAQ.... still not sure why my iris won't bloom?

That's great! I have one clump of no shows, can't remember what they are.

I learned the hard way, and most transplants I lose a season of bloom. Some other ones even if I don't get them planted exactly right, they eventually do their own thing and bloom.

I think it helped some to bloom faster once I read on this forum to leave some rhizome exposed and trim. But one huge bunch I planted too deep took 3 years to bloom and now they are too many for where they are, blooming like crazy.


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RE: Read the FAQ.... still not sure why my iris won't bloom?

Can't wait to see!
Renee


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