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bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 2, 2011
6:00 AM

Post #8603525

I have never harvested iris seeds before,so I need a lot of input about the process. How long do they need to stay on the plant? Also do they need to be refrigerated or can I plant them right into a pot?
These are bee pods on a couple of my favs and I would like to try iris from seeds.
Thanks for any suggestions.
Teresa

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IndaShade
Kylertown, PA
(Zone 5b)

June 2, 2011
9:00 AM

Post #8603837

Teresa,

I don't know how everyone else does it, but I plant all the seeds that I have from a particular cross in a five or six inch azalea pot in the fall and let them sit outside on my walkway so they can do the "freeze/thaw" thing all winter. The seeds won't germinate without it.

They will sprout in the Spring, and when the seedlings are a decent size, I move them into rows in my garden. But if it's a cross that I think has potential, I will often keep the pot with any ungerminated seeds for another year or two as they will continue to germinate.
dd95172
Gilbertsville, KY
(Zone 7a)

June 2, 2011
9:08 PM

Post #8605419

I have written an article on seed starting that appears in the current issue of Tall Talk Magazine--a publication of the Tall Bearded Iris Society. Web site is : http://www.tbisonline.com/
Dennis
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 5, 2011
9:12 PM

Post #8611884

Thank you, Dennis
I will check it out.
liliesandme
Statesville, NC

June 7, 2011
5:07 AM

Post #8614826

Hey BlueGrass,

The seed pod needs to stay on the plant until the pod turns dry and starts to crack open on its own at the top or sides. You can help it the rest of the way and collect the seeds:) The seeds are pea-sized, and are a very dark brownish-black. Sometimes, however, you will go to help it along and collect the seeds, just to find that the seed pod is really a 'balloon' and doesn't have any seeds inside at all:(

IndaShade is right, leave them outside in a pot for the fall/winter. This will help it shed any chemical inhibitors that keep it from sprouting at the wrong time. I don't know if squirrels like to eat iris seeds (I would think not, since so many parts of the iris are poisonous, at least to us), but just in case they do, you may want to put your seed's home somewhere protected, or get some food that squirrels like, so they won't be tempted to eat the seeds. Hope this helps, and good luck!
redheadclan
Vail, AZ

June 7, 2011
12:14 PM

Post #8615743

I just heard a lecture by Barry Blyth. He cuts the stalk off at the base once it ha finished growing and then sticks al his seed stocks in the grown in one place so he can keep track of them all. By the way, he said he has ove 14,000 seedlings this year. Obviously, he knows what he's doing.
caitlinsgarden
McGregor, IA
(Zone 4b)

June 12, 2011
4:34 AM

Post #8625166

I don't understand. He pokes the cut off bloom stem from the plant? After they have been pollinated, or after the pods have formed?
redheadclan
Vail, AZ

June 12, 2011
9:01 AM

Post #8625520

After the pods have finished maturing, before they dry out and split. That way he doesn't have to venture throughout his whole garden to check if they're ready.
caitlinsgarden
McGregor, IA
(Zone 4b)

June 12, 2011
1:14 PM

Post #8625932

You could also just stick them in a can or something if you didn't have zillions of them, right? Of course they have labels on them.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

July 5, 2011
7:03 PM

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caitlinsgarden
McGregor, IA
(Zone 4b)

July 5, 2011
10:29 PM

Post #8675213

Why to you have to soak them if they will be in the winter weather? Couldn't you just plant in pots sunk into the ground and left open?
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

July 6, 2011
7:56 AM

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IndaShade
Kylertown, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 6, 2011
8:04 AM

Post #8675820

Caitlin, that's what I do. I use old black nursery pots or azalea pots filled with potting soil. I just mix the seeds into the potting soil, water to start, and put them out on the walkway for the winter. They get all the rain and sometimes are covered with snow.
Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

July 6, 2011
8:07 AM

Post #8675827

blomma...great picture of your seedlings. Looks just like mine except yours are weed free. I need to get off the computer and get outside and weed them.

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caitlinsgarden
McGregor, IA
(Zone 4b)

July 6, 2011
10:07 AM

Post #8676100

blomma, just out of curiosity, why do you close your containers? Of course, who am I to argue with success? I vaguely remember some of my seed sowing efforts in closed containers outdoors and how they turned into "stew". I need something that can hold its own until I remember to look at them!
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

July 6, 2011
10:43 AM

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blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

July 6, 2011
10:50 AM

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Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

July 6, 2011
11:33 AM

Post #8676294

blomma...Fun to see your seedlings. My seedlings are just 6-7 months old. They germinated in the house in Jan and Feb 2011. Lined them out May 2011. I'm weeding today but just took a break for lunch so looked at the computer. I'll take a picture of the weeded bed.

Depsi

Depsi
Orofino, ID
(Zone 6a)

July 13, 2011
8:23 AM

Post #8689880

is the seed pod the football shaped thing I'm seeing on my iris? I've never seen one on the plants before...does this happen often? Thank you, Deb
Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

July 13, 2011
9:27 AM

Post #8690035

Yes..

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blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

July 13, 2011
3:56 PM

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Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

July 13, 2011
4:18 PM

Post #8690697

blomma...wow...81 pods. Are you going to try to raise them all?

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

July 13, 2011
7:03 PM

Post #8690988

Lots of room? I made 8 crosses this yr. & 5 were successful. Keeping an eye on the pods. DH has harvested several pods of pumila seeds.
Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

July 13, 2011
7:06 PM

Post #8690995

I have 10 TB crosses this year which is fine. I did 40 last year and have limited room.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

July 13, 2011
10:15 PM

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caitlinsgarden
McGregor, IA
(Zone 4b)

July 14, 2011
4:24 AM

Post #8691403

I like the 3rd one best of all. If you faithfully deadhead blooms, you won't see bee pods. I have been letting the last blooms stay on the plant to collect a few bee pods.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

July 14, 2011
8:20 AM

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blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

August 5, 2011
11:55 PM

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irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

August 6, 2011
4:57 AM

Post #8739772

Looking good. I have slowly been harvesting pods, but then the plants which I cross bloom earlier than the tall bearded irises.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

August 6, 2011
7:59 PM

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irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

August 6, 2011
8:16 PM

Post #8741065

Especially if they are tall bearded, they take a couple of yrs to bloom.
Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

August 6, 2011
9:20 PM

Post #8741127

Lucy...I am hoping to have my TB seedlings bloom in one year. I gave them an early start, planted in well prepared soil, and water every few days...we will see. These seedlings mid-July. I'll take a new picture tomorrow. Each time I water I can almost see them grow.

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blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

August 6, 2011
10:18 PM

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Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

August 6, 2011
11:39 PM

Post #8741252

Gay Parasol is still very pretty. Dream Lover, Beaus Arts, and GP were some of my first iris in the70's.
Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

August 7, 2011
7:21 AM

Post #8741638

My iris seedlings Aug 8th ..I think they will bloom next spring. Seed planted indoors Jan 2011 so they are just over 7 months old.

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Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

August 7, 2011
7:22 AM

Post #8741642

Another view...

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irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

August 7, 2011
1:07 PM

Post #8742307

That's a lot of work, Paul. good for you, but we feel inside planting etc. is just too much for us. I hope you see your flowers next spring.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

August 7, 2011
7:22 PM

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Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

August 8, 2011
10:52 AM

Post #8744412

My seedlings are growing and many have increase coming. We probably still have two or more months of good weather and I will continue to water for at least 6 weeks and then let them begin to go dormant and look forward to spring. Hope I have seedling pictures to post 2012.
idahosteve
Twin Falls, ID
(Zone 5b)

August 9, 2011
8:09 AM

Post #8746367

Hello Blomma,

I noticed in your pods photo that you cut the fans back on your plants. Is this a common practice and if so why? Steve
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

August 9, 2011
10:12 PM

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idahosteve
Twin Falls, ID
(Zone 5b)

August 10, 2011
5:21 PM

Post #8749414

That's good to know. It seems to be cooling off a bit here in Idaho and my pods aren't drying out as fast as I would like. What is the latest date that you've harvested your pods.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

August 10, 2011
6:00 PM

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Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

August 10, 2011
6:12 PM

Post #8749493

Steve...I would think you could harvest seed pods late into the fall even after frost if the pod doesn't split and you loose the seed. Just get them before they split.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

August 10, 2011
10:28 PM

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irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

August 11, 2011
3:02 AM

Post #8749862

The 3" of rain has started to make pods soggy. I was able to rescue one of my crosses yesterday. The seeds were a good tan & didn't seem to be affected. Small green worm in one of those pods. It certainly not living to grow up. Had not managed to attack a seed.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

August 11, 2011
11:33 AM

Post #8750441

irisMa, I am very familiar with MA rains. I lived for 20 years in Gt. Barrington, MA and hated all the rain every time I planned a picnic or hung clothes out to dry.

So, sorry to hear about your pods getting soggy and glad you were able to rescue some.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

August 11, 2011
4:13 PM

Post #8750908

More coming on Sun. However I didn't like the drought last summer.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

August 21, 2011
9:54 PM

Post #8769928

irisMA wrote:More coming on Sun. However I didn't like the drought last summer.


More rain or more seeds?

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

August 22, 2011
7:32 AM

Post #8770538

Rain (arrived overnight). One more pod to collect & a couple to open. However all 'made' pods have been collected.
Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

August 22, 2011
9:50 AM

Post #8770870

Harvested first pods yesterday...Dark Drama X Cheap Frills and Louisa's Song X Dancing Star. More to come but far less than last year.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

August 22, 2011
1:05 PM

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irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

August 22, 2011
1:21 PM

Post #8771282

Good for you, sorry bees.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

August 22, 2011
9:57 PM

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Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

August 23, 2011
8:50 AM

Post #8772773

The pods are large and changing color. I think the seed are probably already mature but will harvest as the pods start to brown. We usually do not get bad weather before mid-October. Should be alright. Interesting that yours are ripening before mine as I would guess my bloom is a little earlier than yours. Years ago I gave some iris to a sister-in-law in Kemmerer,Wyo and they bloomed there several weeks later than mine.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

August 23, 2011
10:10 PM

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Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

August 28, 2011
8:08 AM

Post #8780937

Harvested two more seed pods yesterday, Jerilee X Cheap Frills and Glamour Pants X Fashion Diva. The second pod had 60 seeds. It's fun to imagine what each might produce. It rained here during the night so I got up at first light and weeded my seedlings. They are looking great. I went to take a picture but my battery needed charging so I will take one tomorrow and post. Some are huge and have several increase. Hybridizing iris teaches patience as we wait for each developement. They will be a bright spot next spring.
Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

August 29, 2011
5:04 PM

Post #8783743

Aug 29...lots of increase

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blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

August 30, 2011
1:14 AM

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blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

September 25, 2011
7:31 PM

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gussie34
Rohnert Park, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 8, 2011
9:02 PM

Post #8841445

Leave the pods on the stalk until they turn brown and start to split. You might want to put an old nylon stocking on the pod as insurance. When pod is fully dry, or seeds start popping out, pick the pod. Put seeds on paper towel for a few days. Toss the ones that look too small or pale.

Plant seeds in 4" pots, keep them damp but not soggy. I don't know your weather, so if you have snow/freezing temps, put them in a glass-covered wooden box-bed. If all goes well you should have seedlings come spring.

When seedlings are 4-5" high, transplant to larger pots or ground. A 6" pot is OK for about a year; larger is better. I grow some in 15" tubs, wide and deep, and change them every other year. If you have nurseries nearby that grow trees you might be able to buy used tubs for a lot less than retail tubs of the same size would cost.

Be sure to keep a record of your crosses and label the pots. For the bee pods describe them by their location in the garden.

I rather not say this, but you need to know some cultivars are genetically unable to breed with each other. If this is the case, the seeds won't germinate.

Good luck!











irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

October 9, 2011
8:39 AM

Post #8841934

For bee pods: note the pod parent--at least you know half the ancestry.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

October 20, 2011
11:26 PM

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irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

October 21, 2011
6:13 AM

Post #8857971

I know, re space. I have cut back on crosses as a result. Not much progress made that way. However, it is still fun!
Paul2063
Pleasant Grove, UT

October 22, 2011
8:34 PM

Post #8859749

I've posted some pictures of my seedlings on this thread. They germinated in the house in a sunny window in January, were lined out into the garden in May, and here is one of them blooming just in Oct...just 10 months from seed to bloom. Here it is, nothing special but still fun to see in Oct.

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irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

October 23, 2011
11:33 AM

Post #8860372

Nice, Paul. Of course it neeeds a spring study to see how it should be analized.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

April 1, 2012
10:33 PM

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Depsi
Orofino, ID
(Zone 6a)

April 2, 2012
4:23 PM

Post #9067357

wow, not sure of what you mean by "nothing special", Paul... it's beautiful!!!
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

October 17, 2012
1:58 PM

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irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

October 17, 2012
8:38 PM

Post #9308516

The yellow & white looks more 'modern' than the last 2. Sort of strange situation the way that genes are inherited.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

October 17, 2012
10:04 PM

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irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

October 18, 2012
5:30 AM

Post #9308667

Isn't it fun to see what results.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

October 18, 2012
7:56 PM

Post #9309374

irisMa,
Oh boy, is it ever. Those buds are just teasers before they open. I expect to have many bloom next season, both irises and daylilies. Will only start 16 iris crosses this year for lack of room. Got to keep the suspense going LOL!

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

October 18, 2012
8:54 PM

Post #9309438

Like christmas in the spring.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

October 21, 2012
5:46 PM

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yep!
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

October 24, 2012
11:53 PM

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irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

October 25, 2012
7:55 AM

Post #9314907

great germination.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

February 26, 2013
11:45 PM

Post #9433213

How are everyone doing with sowing iris seeds this winter----irisMa, Paul?????

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 27, 2013
8:38 AM

Post #9433541

Our seed boxes were sown late in Oct. & are under the snow at this time.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

February 27, 2013
3:51 PM

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irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 27, 2013
8:18 PM

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We, (DH & I) do iris seeds only. I am not sure if he had any last fall. We have had 2 days of rain which the snow seems to capture & hold. Just as well as the ground must still be frozen. Snow has disappeared from part of a couple of beds.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

March 24, 2013
12:53 PM

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blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

March 25, 2013
8:06 PM

Post #9462014

What is a Dutch Iris. I saw many in Walmart that are so pretty and colorful with interesting markings. Likewise Siberian iris. Are either hard to grow, requiring a lot of water?.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

March 26, 2013
5:50 AM

Post #9462242

Dutch iris are a bulbus iris. They are the ones you see in florist arrangements.

Siberian irises are rhizomes, but beardless like spurias. Siberians like an acid soil. They can take more moist spot but don't need any difference condidions than the beared, except for more acidity in the soil. I don't have any pictures but I would guess that a Goggle search would find them.

dutch irises being bulbus, are registered in the Netherlands.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

April 6, 2013
3:39 PM

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gussie34
Rohnert Park, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 7, 2013
2:45 PM

Post #9474982

Hi,
When the top of the pod starts to crack open is when to pick it. Put it in an envelope for a few days to finish drying.
Then scatter the seeds on a paper towel for a few days. Store them in the coolest, dry area in your house in a container, but not in refrigerator.

In August plant them in 4 inch pots, and leave them in a shady spot outdoors, keep moist but not soggy. Let them winter over if you get frost but not freezing.

If you do get freezes, put the pots in Zip-Lok bags, into your refrigerator vegetable bin--but not in freezer.

After your last frost date, set them back out in the yard in a sunny spot, again keep moist but not soggy.

Don't fertilize pots, but enrich the soil that will be at the permanent place or in the tubs. Follow directions on the fert. label, or use 2 TBS well mixed before transplanting. Be sure to label the seed pots, and the transplant spots later. (Use waterproof labels--I learned the hard way!

When the first leaves are about 4" high, it's time to transplant them to their permanent spot, or to a large--12-15" tub. For the tubs, the plants will need transplanting every 2nd year. For the permanent spot, they will need thinning or transplanting every 3rd year. They won't bloom well if too crowded.

If necessary they can grow for one year in a 6" x 8" pot --or a 2 lb. coffee can--be sure to put drain holes in the can--I've used a hammer and screwdriver to do that--my own screwdriver, that is, not my husband's!
They probably will bloom, but might not.
Only 2 tsps fert. well-mixed before planting
in 6" pot or coffee can.

Again keep the transplants moist but never overwater; probably once a week would be enough depending on your bloom season weather. Water the ground, not the leaves, so they won't get leaf spot. Look online for pictures of leaf spot and how to treat them.

Some cultivars will rebloom; if budstalks show color, in the fall, before heavy frost they can be brought to vase to bloom in a sunny window.

Good luck!
Gussie34
gussie34
Rohnert Park, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 7, 2013
2:47 PM

Post #9474988

To Blue Grass Mom,

I just sent you a reply telling how to work with iris seeds. See the post below.

Gussie34
gussie34
Rohnert Park, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 7, 2013
3:02 PM

Post #9474998

Blue Grass Mom

I should have addressed to you. Follow the thread down to Gussie34, the 2nd one, it's quite a way down. I think it starts with

When the seed pod starts to crack at the tip
that's when to pick it...

Gussie34
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

April 16, 2013
6:53 PM

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irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

April 16, 2013
8:46 PM

Post #9486703

Good for them.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

April 17, 2013
9:49 AM

Post #9487268

Blomma, don't you get freezing weather in the winter? One of the posts said not to freeze the seeds.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

April 17, 2013
10:14 AM

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

April 17, 2013
10:45 AM

Post #9487320

Ah, I see the difference. I read about some seeds that need that fluctuation, unlike Poppies I guess. Although they lay on top of the ground and in spring the temps surely fluctuate, especially morning to evening. Thanks. I think I will give it a try this fall.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

April 17, 2013
2:46 PM

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

April 17, 2013
4:26 PM

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Course, you are growing bearded iris right? That is sort of a lost cause up here. I keep trying though. I just checked out my "iris hill" as I call it. First dirt to come through the snow. I already see the tops of some BI from last year and they are already looking rotten. Will just leave them there and hope they can pull through.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

April 17, 2013
6:27 PM

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crowrita1
Lyndon, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2013
6:24 AM

Post #9488317

Nice beds ! And I agree wit your culture tips, too...Arlyn
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

April 18, 2013
8:43 AM

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I envy your lovely iris beds. I tried a couple of years to cover the tubers. Once with leaves. When the snow melted it went to ice and I couldn't get them off the tubers. Lots of rot that year. I have them in a bed that comes out from the snow first of all my beds, full sun, on a little hill sort of mound under a chokecherry tree but the tree is trimmed up the trunk about 3 feet so no shade from that. I have lilies, tulips and lots of non bulb type perennials in this bed all doing well. Daylilies one step down. I will just keep them clear of debris and let them soak up the sun and see what happens. The ones in the front beds that I have to shovel to get clear of snow (next to driveway and walk) are huge plants and very healthy. I don't cover them at all. And we don't suffer heaving of plants hardly ever. I have peonies, daylilies, tulips, etc in both of these beds.

Thanks for the tips and reminders. I hope this year the ones out front, both TB and dwarf will bloom this year. Three bloomed year before last and were huge and beautiful (Las Vegas and some light whiteblue ones). No blooms although huge plants. This year I was going to stick with a 10-10-10 on all beds. They are so mixed with different flowers that it seems the safest mix.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

April 18, 2013
9:18 AM

Post #9488527

With snow, you don't need extra mulch.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

April 18, 2013
10:08 AM

Post #9488579

Yes, I stopped doing that a year or so ago. Maybe I finally have the formula correct. lol. Hope springs eternal..
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

April 18, 2013
3:02 PM

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

April 18, 2013
4:07 PM

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Well, that's kind of what I thought. I think the nursery uses 10-10-10 just to get their seedlings started good. I will pick up a summer fertilizer, water soluable. I guess as long as the second two numbers are twice the first number more or less, it should work.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

April 18, 2013
9:05 PM

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

April 19, 2013
7:42 AM

Post #9489496

Okay. And they should be relatively inexpensive compared with the stuff sold at our two nurseries. Obscenely expensive especially if they can wangle the word 'organic' in there anywhere.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

April 19, 2013
7:11 PM

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4b)

April 20, 2013
6:50 AM

Post #9490584

I also have one of those applicators. Also heard about the plants leaves. We shall see.
crowrita1
Lyndon, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 20, 2013
8:18 AM

Post #9490679

I've had good luck hitting them with MG, as a foliar spray, right after bloom is over. I read some where that if done then, it helps them recover from blooming stress, and handle the "dormant" period better. I don't know if that's really so, but it sure seems to help mine !...I think I read that in Rocky Top Iris catalog...but I have an old man's memory !!(not too good !!)...Arlyn
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

May 20, 2013
9:05 PM

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blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

June 15, 2013
7:42 PM

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crowrita1
Lyndon, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 15, 2013
8:00 PM

Post #9560436

Congrats are in order! Nice looking plants!..Arlyn

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

June 15, 2013
8:22 PM

Post #9560463

Some nice reds in the group. I also like the form of the whites in front. Any plant which does well in your climate merits attention.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

October 17, 2013
8:01 PM

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blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

October 17, 2013
8:05 PM

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Here are 5 more to keep. I have the parents to all of them. Note the horn on the 4th one.

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blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

October 17, 2013
8:08 PM

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Five more

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Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

October 17, 2013
8:15 PM

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irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

October 18, 2013
6:24 AM

Post #9688638

plants love the stuff. Enjoy the irises.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

October 18, 2013
5:43 PM

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irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

October 19, 2013
9:06 AM

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Probably any good fertilizer addition to the bed would help, certainly aged manure is great. Keep good track of the seedling# for each parent as you give them when registering a plant, but have to work back to the name. My last registration of a BB was from 2 seedlings. the grandparents were name varieties so they had to appear also.
seedling # as parent, then those parents named.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

October 22, 2013
3:51 PM

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irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

October 25, 2013
6:25 AM

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I make up a # for the cross, then number the seedling. My seedlings crosses start with L to make them distinctive from those of DH which starts with a numeral. Then the year of cross, cross # & later seedling #. Everyone has their own system. So this years one success is L13-EB. The cross is E & B means border iris/ seedling # not there as yet--will come with planting in the ground. As I make the cross the # is written in my seedling book. If it doesn't take, that is indicated there as well. A lot of no takes this year. What ever numbering system works for you is best to do.
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

October 29, 2013
8:50 PM

Post #9697942

irisMA,
Thank you for your answer
blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

May 29, 2014
8:50 AM

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hemlady
Melvindale, MI
(Zone 5a)

June 13, 2014
1:50 PM

Post #9867186

Beautiful!!!!
crowrita1
Lyndon, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 13, 2014
3:00 PM

Post #9867248

Looks like you have got it down pat ! Very nice !...Arlyn

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