I have very many tall, medium and short bearded iris, along with some reticulata. This will be my first experience with Siberian Iris. It arrived packed in damp sphagnum moss, as opposed to the dry shipping of the German Iris. Should I plant or pot these up immediately, or can they stay in the moss for a while?
Do they need to go in a shady spot, or part sun and be kept moist during the summer? All of my other iris are in sun or mostly sun.
Interesting. I don't know how well Siberian iris would fare in California. You're a zone 8 so fairly hot. I would plant them as soon as possible but if they are in a cool place in damp moss, they are pretty hardy. I would definitely plant them in the shade near where you plant hosta or ferns. I suppose they could take a little sun say in the early morning when it is cooler. If hosta or ferns grow there then so will Siberians.
Thank you, Mary. I will plant it in the shade. Maybe pot it up first?? My "shade garden" is not quite ready yet, but I can keep the iris in either cool sun, or when it gets hot, I can move it into the shade until I finish getting the new bed ready.
I do have a bed where I have ferns and hydrangeas, on the north side of the house, but it is still too hot in the summer for them, so I will be moving them over to the new bed when I finish getting it ready.
Evelyn, as Mary mentioned, they are hardy. I have them in a shade garden. They were here when I moved in. They continued to grow in a circle. In order to bloom, they had to be thinned, so we took out a chunk to dispose of them. Apparently my husband dumped them in a pile and forgot about them, and they grew where he left them (unplanted). They spread readily. and they have even appeared in a container where they were never planted. Except for the base, they are completely covered and seem to take care of themselves quite well until they become so dense that they have to be thinned. I don't know if they have to go through a cold season in order to bloom because we always have a cold season to some extent.
We have a cold season here every year. It snows here every winter and as well mostly a frost after the snow falls. We are in the Sierra foothills at about 3500' in elevation.
This was taken on March 31, 2012... The fencing here is to protect the veggies from deer. I do not, however have fencing to protect other areas of landscape. The new shade bed will be in here, as that shady space will grow flowers intead of veggies. I need both!!
I have some customers in northern Cal, and the sibs do well for them. So, I think you may be OK with them.
I would plant them right away, soak them really well first. Mulch heavily. Keep well watered. A slightly shady area old be best for you, especially one that get hit with sun in the morning and shade in the PM
Feed them well, they are heavy feeders.
I am keeping track of the places they grow on Cubits. I would love it if you let me know how well they're doing for you.
Being new to Irises, I'm reading all the Iris threads I can find, so I hope you don't mind me bringing back a semi-old one. Evelyn, how are your Sibs doing so far this Spring? =) (Just a friendly reminder). ;)
OK, they died! But I have not given up! I ordered more from Brent & Becky's. The others were from McClure and Zimmerman. I think that they were too dry when they arrived. And as we all know, once a plant dries out, there is no reviving it. The ones from B & B's are nice and moist with leaves on it as well. My shade garden does have morning sun as well as intermittent filtered sun throughout the day. I keep that bed moist...so far!
Never say die!! I have switched to German bearded iris. I guess I thought my choice was Siberian or the kind you get from Schreiners. The German look just as nice as the fancy ones just shorter. I bought a purple and a blue batik today. Good luck with your Siberian.
usually. the standard dwarfs were originally created in the 1950s by crossing tall bearded X pumila irises. Pollen was traded between TN & IN. Now of course the plants are crossed with each other. Cultivars vary, of course, but most are quite hardy. It is our (DH & I) favorite class of iris plant.
I have Siberian Iris Sparkling rose and previous years it has bloomed out of control.
But for some reason this year my good sized clump has only had about 2 blooms on it this is weird it is usually full.
We have had a lot of rain this year in Michigan and my clump is about an 8 year old clump which one of these factors would most likely be the reason for my lack of blooms.
Last year it was so dry and hot and this year we have had an abundance of rain and my plants have just been growing like weeds and my daylilies are putting out scapes galore. So this rain has been just great this year the only thing I've noticed is that my Siberian has only had about 2 blooms this is weird.
Any information you could give me would be appreciated.
Does that also pertain to the regular iris such as the tall bearded and such.
Should those also be thinned out to keep them blooming too or do they just naturally thin themselves since they get real thick with toes as my Mom used to call them.
That was always the reason I didn't like regular iris;s is because they always got such thick toes and force them up above the ground where as the siberian stay down below the ground but they do stay quite close together.
A DG friend told me that his Iris didn't bloom well this year and he felt it was because of so much rain down in Illinois.
Rhizomatous irises are not nearly as prolific as the Siberians. They seem to be happy as long as their knees get sun. My biggest problem with the tall bearded iris is that the stems need support or the weight drags them down. This year many had 5 blooms per stem and a lot of rain. The tall bearded iris were left here by the former owner. Before I moved them, they never bloomed. They have now taken off.
Check rhizomes of bearded irises & see if they have dug themselves too deep & soil is covering the rhizomes. Siberian can be left longer but still need dividing. Cut stems after bloom--bearded irises can have rot down the stems. In the East Siberians may be attacked by a fly which lays eggs on the stems. Bearded can be divided in July. Siberian irises either Aug or Sept. Polly says Sept. Joe Pye Weed garden prefers Aug.
Well August may be the best time to divide the Siberian but I agree it will be too hot hopefully this year won't be as bad as last year and I can get my Sparkling rose divided. Actually I have taken divisions off of it before but never actually dug it out and made it noticeably smaller or broke up the root ball I think I need to do that.
I guess I will have to reorder some of the Siberians...they have not done very much here at all. Maybe it is the climate. I have kept them in mostly shade and moist, well-drained soil. If they are in sun they would get too dry, I think.
My tall, medium and short bearded irises do quite well. Also the little reticulatas and danfordiis do great in the spring. I just need to put them in a better place so I don't miss them as they bloom so early.
I am hoping to do well with other iris. I. tectorum, and I. unguicularis are on my list as well. E.A. Bowles speaks highly of I. unguicularis many times in his book My Garden in Spring as well as My Garden in Autumn and Winter.