I've never seen anyone around me here growing Tall Bearded Iris in NE Florida. Has anyone had success with them in Florida?
I'm going up to Atlanta in a week or so to visit a DGer that has daylilies and iris to dig, divide, and give away. If he has Tall Bearded Iris, I won't bother bringing them home if they won't grow here.
Do Tall Bearded Iris grow in Florida?
All the books I have about gardening in Florida say they do not grow here. No personal experience though. Karen
I had one that I brought home from the nursery. It sprouted a fine looking bloom, died back and I never saw it again.
I vote for "won't grow here."
My pet peeve: Why do nurseries sell stuff that barely grows here, if at all?
I agree, Dzilla. I guess the nurseries think we want expensive "annuals" that only last for one season.
Too bad the bearded iris won't grow here because I do love them. I grew them on a rooftop garden in NYC when I was staff gardener for an artist that primarily painted iris. I suppose not having bearded iris is one of the things we have to give up in exchange for our usually lovely sub-tropical climate.
I've never been able to get bearded iris to grow here. Although, the Louisiana iris do well her, as well as African iris and water irises.
Molly....I tried Siberian and didn't have much success. 2 different colors. Maybe I'll give them another chance if you are getting them to grow in a zone 9b.
I sometimes think I have to change that zone number. I am in one of those pockets that the 2 zone sources can't agree on a number. One source says 9b, another says 8 something.
I do know our lowest nighttime temp so far this winter was 17 for 4 hours or less.
I am positive Jeremy didn't get that low, well pretty positive anyways.
The coolest it got here this year for me 6 blocks away is about 29 and only a night or two of that. Of course his yard has more area open to chill than mine.
Yes Molly I think you are an 8a myself.
Thanks Sid, I think it's time to change that zone number now. I have to face the facts I now live on the tundra (heeheehee).
The Siberian Iris are close enough to Bearded if I can't grow the Tall Bearded Iris, so I'll give them a try if I happen across some at a good (cheap!) price or in a trade.
I am currently growing with complete success the repeat blooming Dutch Iris that I got from one of the plant catalogs a few years back. The flowers are currently emerging and I can maybe find time to get a pix of them tomorrow when the first one blooms. I also already have some of the African Iris and Walking Iris, including the tall yellow walking Iris that I think came from someone at the roundup at my house?
I believe Sam's Club might have some boxes of bulbs (sibs) if you can go there.
I picked up a very nice African Iris at a nursery, planted it and it froze when temps went down. It was just getting ready to bloom too. Well, it will come back, but will take a while.
Oh yes, on the Dutch Iris. Last fall I got a package of bonus bulbs from Blooming Bulbs and they were dutch iris. Just blooming for me this week.
i too have the yellow walking iris...the blooms look so much like an orchid
I think this entry in the Plant Files is the tall yellow walking iris that I have. Neomarica longifolia
It seems I'm pushing the zone limit a bit by growing it here (more Zone 8b than 9a as far as winters go), but my yellow iris are doing well and had no winter damage despite a couple of freezes.
I have the other color of walking iris. For the life of me, I can't recall how long they bloom. African iris plant blooms are shortlived. Are the yellow walking iris blooms also short lived?
hi Nina...well...my walking iris blooms pretty much the year round...but i have it in different locations in my little jungle....
Thanks, Sidney, for the unexpected gift of your never yet planted tall bearded iris bulbs. I've put them around in several areas of my yard and will see what happens with them.
I'm impressed, Tracks! What a beautiful iris. What's your method for keeping the bearded iris alive? or is this the first year for the plant in your garden?
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ok, jeremy, you caught me there. yes, the first year and they are in a pot. a friend in california sent me the rhizomes this winter and told me how to plant them. i buried them in the soil deeply so the roots would be down well into it, then gently tugged them all straight up until the rhizome was laying on top of the soil, watered them in and left them. they don't get any water unless it's accidental from the sprayer. i'm going to leave them in the pot for another year and if they bloom next year then i will think about planting them out. i am so proud of them and had to post when i saw your thread, but i guess the true test will be next spring! LOL maybe they look so good because we had a freeze. not a huge one but a freeze none the less. debi
I BROUGHT TALL BEARDED IRIS DOWN FROM PA. THEY BLOOMED WELL LAST YEAR. LOOK HEALTHY ENOUGH NOW BUT SO FAR NO BLOOMS. THEY WERE A YELLOW AND A DEEP BLUISH PURPLE. WILL LET YOU KNOW HOW THEY PROGRESS. P.S. PLANTED IN SHADE ON NORTH SIDE. I'M FROM ALVA, FL
I grow beared iris. Not sure if they are the tall ones you are asking about. Forgive my limited iris knowledge. :) I'm not home now but I think I have a pic or two on my computer. I'll try to remember to send it tomorrow so you can see if I am talking about the same thing. I even noticed a bud today.
pestee, that is a very pretty bearded iris. I love that color. : )
monschi - I think what you have are the Dutch Iris. I grow them here and had one bloom already this season that I forgot I had. They are beautiful.
The iris that pestee has looks like the authentic tall bearded iris. I'm not sure where Molino, Florida, is but you may be more solidly in Zone 8b. That would help with growing the tall bearded iris. I'm right on the borderline of Zone 8b/9a in Jacksonville and the summers may be too hot for the iris here. I'm waiting to see if any of the tall bearded iris that I've planted will bloom for me here.
Thanks for the great photos!
Jax, I'm in NWF, about 30 miles north of Pensacola, Escambia county. That may make a difference like you said. Good luck with your irises.
I don't know if I have a tall Bearded Iris. But I do have several Bearded Iris' from my husbands grandfather use to grow here in Jacksonville Florida. He started them out in Jacksonville, then in the desert out in Arizona and then to NJ. We were given some about a year ago. My husband is afraid to put them in the ground. I've only seen
Pictures of the flowers. They are beautiful. He told me when they were in the ground the flags (foliage) got 3 to 4 foot tall. I don't know if this is the same Iris. But why not take a chance and try 1 Tall bearded Iris. I've been finding latelly with the current climate mess, they may actually grow here in Jax in a pot or in the ground.