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Mystery iris- overwinter in pots?

Posted by kimscott Houston TX (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 24, 10 at 20:46

I recently recieved about 60 ?? iris plants that still have leaves on them (some are yellowing). I am moving soon and don't want to plant them. Can I store them like flower bulbs in a box with no soil? Should I cut the leaves off? I do have a greenhouse. I am in zone 8b and we don't get hard freezes but usually a few nights below freezing. Any advice is appreciated as I am a newbie to gardening!

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RE: Mystery iris- overwinter in pots?

What kind of iris are they???

Since yoiu don't have long hard freezes I think they would be fine in pots. If they are beardless (Japanese, Siberians) they may need some watering.

If they are bearded you may be ok with dry storage til spring. It depends upon cultivar and health of the rhizomes. Do not keep beardeds moist.

Good luck.

RE: Mystery iris- overwinter in pots?

Assuming they're bearded iris (the most common kind in Texas):

I wouldn't cut the leaves off, & if possible I'd put them in pots;
it'll be less stressful on the plants.

If it isn't possible to plant them in pots, they'll probably be fine stored in a box, but it will likely take another year after you do plant them before they have the energy to bloom.

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