How long can iris go without being planted?

Silver Lake, OH(Zone 5b)

I pulled and cleaned irises and applied borer killer to the soil. How fast do I need to get them back into the ground? What should I do to make the soil happy for them? Thanks in advance. -Janie

Brookhaven, MS

My mom would thin her irises and throw the extras down on the ground. She would tell whoever came over to get what they wanted. Those irises might stay piled up on the ground for almost 2 whole months. I planted some from the pile and they bloomed the next year.

South Hamilton, MA

You can pot up some of your favorites if you want to be sure they will grow. I would move others out of the sun & they do need time to get resettled before winter.

Silver Lake, OH(Zone 5b)

Thank you so much for your help and advice!

Stamford, CT(Zone 6b)

We thinned our irises and threw the losers in a pile and forgot about them. The following year they bloomed. I think they are Siberians, but the TBI I moved last year took a lot of abuse and bloomed this year. Who knew?

Incidentally, I've similarly abused (unintentionally) lilies. So long as they are kep dry they're fine.

Ellerbe, NC(Zone 8a)

I was in a trade several years ago ... at least 5, and when the trade was over I had a few rhizomes that were too small to send and I put them in a white plastic garbage bag to give away. I threw the bag down and forgot it. 2 years later when the bag had sun rotted and dissolved away, the Iris in that bag took root and grew. AMAZING!!!

Silver Lake, OH(Zone 5b)

LOVE THIS!!!!!! Stuff has to be really tough to survive me. I have fibromyalgia, and often have many days unable to do much of anything.

(karen) Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

I had a bag of rhizomes left from a swap last year in June - plastic bag at that. I left it on my porch where it stayed dry all thru the hottest summer in a long time and this weekend I looked out there and discovered that they were starting to green up - I guess I'll have to find somewhere to plant them:)

(Zone 7a)

A friend of mine in AR threw some Iris clumps out in her woods last Fall. They're sprouting now.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

In September of 2010 I dug some while on vacation, put them in a plastic bag on the side of my luggage, zipped it shut and totally forgot about them. Found them last February and finally planted them in April. It was very surprising to see they were growing in the bag.

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(Zone 7a)

Iris are tougher than people think. LOL

Lake Toxaway, NC(Zone 7a)

We forgot some in a bucket at the museum. The bucket got full of water several times this year. We poured out the water the last time and I left the bucket upside down over the iris. I checked them this week and all were fine except for a few that had rotted. Amazing. We potted them up or a plant sale.

HENDERSON, NV(Zone 9a)

Howdy all, in the case the lovelies are dried and in the ground, would anyone suggest good fertilizing techniques. We have hot and windy Summers and the plants are usually feet high at this time of the year and with warm winter, i think they are slower than they should be?
I am talking things like coffee grounds etc., suggestion to get them motivated?
MANY thanks and Happy blooms !!!
:D

South Hamilton, MA

Try alfalfa pellets or meal.

HENDERSON, NV(Zone 9a)

Thanks, got alfalfa in the store , but, what sort of meal?
Thanks!
:Darren

South Hamilton, MA

It sometimes comes as a meal as well as pellets.

HENDERSON, NV(Zone 9a)

oi! of Course, l be silly !!! I appreciate the tip and will pounce an that project after the current mess of fixing up the clay soil...lol...moms roses got priority...

thanks again!!!!
:D

Lake Toxaway, NC(Zone 7a)

I think rabbit food is strictly alfalfa????

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

You just cant keep a good iris down LOL

HENDERSON, NV(Zone 9a)

RABBIT FOOD it will be then, thanks!
:D

Silver Lake, OH(Zone 5b)

Mine almost all survived! I'm just amazed. :) Early spring here, very outrageously warm...

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

I just except the fact its an early spring.Relax and enjoy.

Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK(Zone 7a)

I have some iris that I have collected over the last year while waiting on my new iris bed to be made. I have them in pots and those black buckets you get stuff in from the nursery. They have a tiny bit of soil thrown in on top of them and only got watered when it rained. I had them setting around the bottom of a tree and actually had some bloom this spring. ^_^ Bed is ready now and I wondered if it would be OK to go ahead and cut the leaves back and plant them or should I wait until fall? I'm thinking in the ground would be better than setting in the buckets. Leaves are already dying back like the ones I already have in beds. Should I go ahead and cut back the ones that are in the established beds too?

TIA

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Good information. I seem to think plants need to go into the ground immediatly

Hannibal, NY(Zone 6a)

I had some I divided one year, late, around December. Then we got our first snowstorm, and that was it for replanting. So they were left on the ground all winter under about 6' of snow, and temps in the teens if not below, and I think all of them sprouted in the spring. I had to pull them up as they had rooted in the gravel walkway.

(Zone 7a)

Is it really hot where you are, like the rest of us? If it is, I would wait until Sept.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Iris are much tougher than one would believe.

Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK(Zone 7a)

Yes, in fact we were hottest in the nation last week at 113*, however, our temps have dropped a bit for this week. We are watering our yard every day or every other day tot keep the grass good and they would get some water from that. I just worry about them drying up/dying as they are not out in sun during the afternoon.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Mine did fine in the suitcase without sun for months!

Williamstown, NJ(Zone 6b)

I guess I can put the ones I got a week ago out side and plant in spring if I dont get them done now. I remember my mom throwing the extras from a bed out in the back hedge, next spring they were growing and blooming.

Thanks.

Kiowa, CO(Zone 5b)

marie, these 168 potted Iris will begin going in the ground tomorrow, (ok...it may take a few days). Several had been potted last year (2011), tho most were from this summer trades, buying and some division (excess after digging for trades). Can hardly wait for spring!!!!! Oh and I was given a bagfull (65), 2 weeks ago, they are already linned out for the winter in another area. Now I only have about 50-60 dwarfs to do yet...(atleast they are potted tho). Pots are usually readily available to recycle and I take advantage of the opportunity!!!

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Hanceville, AL(Zone 7a)

does anyone know of an iris called "Speckled Bird"? A lady gave me one 45 years ago and I lost it to weather. It has a small rhizome and a blue flower with speckles. She pointed out that it had a very large flower for such a small rhizome. Luciee {;^)

Lyndon, IL(Zone 5a)

There is an aril-bred called Speckled Bird, listed on the AIS site. Mid 50's, by Crandal( should have wrote it all down, can't remember worth a DARN, anymore !)I think Blue J may have it, as one of the pics was one of theirs....Arlyn

Greensboro, NC(Zone 7a)

I just found a box that look like the sad dried monkey paws you normally find for sale at most big retailers, 2 in a bag and rarely named correctly. I'm going to give them a bit of a soak to see if any life is left in em and get them in the ground. They were big strong rhizomes when I first got them so who knows--they may still have some chance of taking off. It will be a great surprise even if only one makes it:)

Hanceville, AL(Zone 7a)

Thanks, Arlyn. I finally looked it up on the computer and your info matches what I read. Luciee {;^)

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