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How long do Iris blooms last in arrangements?

Posted by calpat zone9ab No.Ca. (My Page) on
Thu, Nov 3, 05 at 16:50

I was just getting into Iris Gardening when I had to move from N.M.. to No. Calif. so I don't know much about them. I do supply retirement and medical recovery facilities with fresh flowers when I can & they are so appreciative. I would like to start another Iris garden but need a site that will give me info. about life span in arrangements, which iris might have a longer "cut" life, etc. This is a picture of the one I inherited when I bought my home in Calif. Any idea what it is and information would be so appreciated! TIA Calpat



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RE: How long do Iris blooms last in arrangements?

That is a Tall Bearded iris. What its' name is I do not know. The most common iris in arrangements are Dutch Iris. Florists don't really like Tall bearded iris for two reasons. 1. They don't last very long individually. 2. They tend to bleed color, sometimes staining valuable table cloths etc. We always have Tall Bearded Iris on our table during bloom season because we enjoy the bloom and fragrance. We just address the stain issue by not putting them where they might stain something.


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RE: How long do Iris blooms last in arrangements?

  • Posted by calpat zone9ab No.Ca. (My Page) on
    Thu, Nov 3, 05 at 21:40

Thank you GMason, I'll check out the Dutch Iris as an alternative and also for i.d.ing my Iris as Tall Bearded. I had no idea. Pat


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RE: How long do Iris blooms last in arrangements?

Dear GMason,
I need to ask you another question....I was so disappointed to learn that I can't grow Dutch Iris (well, at least I've read that it is only hardy to zone 6)....but, it looks so much like the Spuria iris I just planted. I read somewhere that florists sell Spuria as their #1 iris.....are they very similar? I planted 4 different spurias from AllThingsIris, hoping for many blooms for the vase. I was also given 3 different Siberians. Thanks. Phyl


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