In the spring, I dug up my grandmother's overgrown white bearded iris bed this spring, amended the soil, divided, replanted, and carted the leftovers home. Planted plenty and had plenty of little ones left over in the cardboard box I carried them in... Put the box under a tree and planned to come back to it... now I have baby white irises with teeny little leaves sprouting. LOL. I'm potting them up to overwinter and will build a bed for them before spring. Hardy little devils. Guess they want to stay!
Hi,! When my folks moved from Il. to arkansas, years and years ago, Mom ,of course, took her iris. She scratched away the biggest rocks, and dumped a bucket of soil(leaf mold she had gotten back in the woods) on top, and the iris loved it! She had some that she didn't plant that summer, just let them lay on top of a ridge of rock (the rocks she had scratched away, and just piled in a kind of "berm" along the edge of the drive) The next year, when she was ging to move them, she was surprised to find that they had sent down roots 16"-18" thru the big stones to the "ground". Those plants lived, and bloomed in that spot for nearly 30 years.When they moved back here, she brought them along. They stayed in a pile, undera tree, from November, til the following june(some had bloomed, right in the pile) when she finally got them "planted".They prospered! She is gone to the big garden in the sky, and I have them now,still blooming, afer all these years!..Arlyn
Also amazing. I have seen tulips do that where they inadvertently fell on the lawn and were not found. then in spring, lying sideways, they sent roots out and down and were growing. With no protection from the winter but the snow cover. I though Iris were far more delicate and susceptible to weather. Heaven knows I have a challenger trying to get them to grow here, much less bloom.
Hi,! I have found that alot of the "older" cultivars seem to do better than the new ones, as far as rough conditions. Breeding for more "prettiness" seems to take out some of the hardiness. I,m in zone5a here in Northern Il.,and have only found a few iris that give me fits! I've found that planting the "tender"ones next to the house, on the south side, does the trick, usually. The biggest problem I have is rebloomers that don't! I'm just too short-seasoned for most of them...Arlyn
Bearded irises were the only flowers that bloomed reliably for me when I lived in the Nevada high desert. Hot, cold, sand with barely a hint of organic matter, wind, snow - nothing seemed to stop them. And yet, they look so delicate :-) Wind did shred the blooms, though (we're talking 50+ mph gusts). Love 'em - they survive even ME!
Only 5 months to go.
I am already looking at Border iris for a new spot I just found.
I'm not even waiting for new catalogues,just combining with plants in that area.
Does anyone plant iris among asiatic and oriental lilies? The bare areas where ther is most of the sun ,are almost gone.
Arlyn, good for Rita! A gal after my own heart. If there's a space pop in a lily bulb. And Stargazer is a beauty, always. And if Rita likes cut lilies, you should make her a dedicated bed, so she can have bouquets all summer long. That's what I did for my granddaughter.
I just salvaged a bunch of white cemetary irises (iris albicans) from the site of 3 old houses that were torn down.
Some of them were growing "up a tree";
as the mother plants produced offsets, they ran out of room, & the babies rooted into the exposed tree roots & the little bit of soil that had accumulated at the base of the trees.
I hit concrete a couple of times, too, as I was digging;
there were a couple of the old-style, 2-strips-of-concrete driveways, & some irises had grown & rooted into the soil on top of the concrete.