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Iris in North Florida

Posted by njiris z 5 NJ (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 4, 09 at 20:08

Does anyone know if bearded iris will survive in the Northern part of Florida (the Panhandle region) which is really kind of temperate...the same zone as Southern Alabama and Mississippi.
I know they do not grow in the central part of Florida with has a different climate.
I do not live there, but my partner wants to move there and I do not think my iris will do well.

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RE: Iris in North Florida

I have family in south Alabama--in a county which borders FL. My grandmother was an avid gardener, and I'm sure she had TB irises. It is cold enough in the winter for them to bloom there. I would assume in north FL as well. Someone here probably knows for sure.

Mike SC

RE: Iris in North Florida

I'll let you know next spring. I'm trying iris for the first time in my Panhandle gardens based on the positive experience of a neighbor. So far, so good. I planted 10 about two weeks ago and have growth on all of them, once I corrected my initial error of planting them too deeply. When in doubt, read the instructions, I guess! I thought they had all rotted in the ground (very heavy rain here lately) but when I went back and lifted the rhizomes above ground and replanted, I was so excited to see that all were alive and wanted to grow!

I have 22 others to get in the ground this weekend. All are bearded iris. I also planted some Dutch iris bulbs. So I'm jumping into this big-time, it seems. :-)

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