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.
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.
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.
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? http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/48937/index.html
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.
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.
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.
I bought 5 Lavender and purple Bearded Iris that I have put each Rhizome in a separate pot and have them in semi-shade right now. Do they need more sun? I do want to put them in the ground when I figure out the right spot. They were cut back to about 6" for shipping so I doubt they will bloom this year. All advice is appreciated.
PS - Jeremy-you have d-mail!
Hi JaxFlaGardener. Tall bearded Irises do grow here in Florida. I have Edith Wolford growing nicely in my front yard. I get my Irises from "Schreiner's" which is a mail order catalog. They are located in Oregon. All that is needed for the irises is some tender loving care if you are willing to put some effort into them. They will reward you with beautiful blooms year after year.
Pearl, Yes, took this one today for you. It's the same iris's from the earlier post taken in "04 I just have more now because I divided them last fall. The blooms are kind of past their prime right now.
I've been doing a little yard work today, such a beauty.
I have too many flower pictures on flickr if you want to look.
WoW! Those are irises are wonderful! Gives me hope that if you get them to grow that beautifully over there, I may be able to grow some here. The difference may be that my winters are 8b, but the summers are 9a, and my garden seems to run a few degrees warmer than the official temperatures provided in my area both winter and summer.
Does anyone know when to divide Louisiana Iris? I would think it would be soon after blooming?
We have some nice, tall dark purple ones at my zoo gardening job that I think I can convince the zoo personnel to let me divide them (for the sake of the plants, of course! -- but if some of them follow me home, it will be out of their gratitude for my kind care. LOL
Thanks Jax! I think you should definitely try some bearded irises. You never know if you don't try. Let us know how it turns out.
Not sure when to divide the Louisianna irises. I divided my bearded ones in the fall. But I bet it would be OK to do it now as long as you kept them watered well afterward. It would be kind of you to give those from the zoo a new home. :)
We had bearded iris bloom this year in Clay County. They are planted on the east side of the house, so they only get morning sun, in a raised bed. The blooms weren't as large as they should have been, but that hardly mattered in our excitement. The only difference between this year and last was that my mother pulled the soil away from the base several times as the plants grew larger this spring. Plus the little bit of rain that we got in early spring helped, I'm sure.
My Bearded Iris's are growing in full sun and are small. They are only a few months old. Some of my older ones are a little larger.. They are all under a year old so I don't think they will bloom this year. I had some bloom before when I grew them.
I think the answer to your question is -they don't grow very well here. I have never seen a stand of German Bearded Iris that was remarkable. Not like the ones I have seen in zones 7 and north. Too bad, they are so attractive.