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JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 10, 2006
1:07 PM

Post #2101159

Hi, all.

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.

Jeremy
tropicalkaren
The Villages, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 10, 2006
2:20 PM

Post #2101346

All the books I have about gardening in Florida say they do not grow here. No personal experience though. Karen
Dogzilla
Tallahassee, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 10, 2006
6:16 PM

Post #2101998

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?
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 10, 2006
6:42 PM

Post #2102077

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.

Jeremy
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

March 10, 2006
11:37 PM

Post #2102769

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.
MollyMc
Archer/Bronson, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 10, 2006
11:40 PM

Post #2102779

Jeremy,

I know it's not quite the same, but you might want to try Siberian Iris. I think there might just be enough cold spell to make them happy here.

Looky see one of Darius' plants. They are all on the way to blooming here.

Molly
:^)))

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MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

March 11, 2006
3:06 AM

Post #2103631

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.
MerryMary
MollyMc
Archer/Bronson, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 11, 2006
10:34 AM

Post #2103945

Mary,

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.

Molly
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 11, 2006
1:08 PM

Post #2104132

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.
Sidney
MollyMc
Archer/Bronson, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 11, 2006
1:15 PM

Post #2104147

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).

Molly
:^))))
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 11, 2006
1:17 PM

Post #2104149

LOL
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 11, 2006
1:42 PM

Post #2104200

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

Jeremy
MollyMc
Archer/Bronson, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 11, 2006
1:57 PM

Post #2104234

Jeremy,

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.

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MollyMc
Archer/Bronson, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 11, 2006
1:58 PM

Post #2104236

Here, they look real nice with Darius' sib near it.

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junglebob
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 12, 2006
12:09 AM

Post #2105634

i have never been able to grow bearded iris here...(palm bay area...n. of vero beach)...but the iris flags from New York do very well...they are currently blooming right now...here's a pic

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junglebob
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 12, 2006
12:10 AM

Post #2105642

and...the orange amaryllis have been blooming for a week

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junglebob
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 12, 2006
12:12 AM

Post #2105646

heres the back of my jungle with them...amongst the citrus tree

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junglebob
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 12, 2006
12:13 AM

Post #2105649

i too have the yellow walking iris...the blooms look so much like an orchid
NinaNana
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 12, 2006
2:35 AM

Post #2106013

Bob, what does the yellow walking iris look like?

Nina
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 12, 2006
2:56 AM

Post #2106075

I think this entry in the Plant Files is the tall yellow walking iris that I have. Neomarica longifolia

http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/48937/index.html

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.

Jeremy
NinaNana
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 12, 2006
2:59 AM

Post #2106084

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?
junglebob
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 12, 2006
11:00 AM

Post #2106551

hi Nina...well...my walking iris blooms pretty much the year round...but i have it in different locations in my little jungle...
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 18, 2006
12:27 PM

Post #2120584

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.

Jeremy

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 20, 2006
1:04 AM

Post #2124119

here's my bearded iris in bloom a couple of days ago. it's loaded with blossoms now.

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JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 20, 2006
11:03 AM

Post #2124775

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?

Jeremy

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trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 20, 2006
12:14 PM

Post #2124878

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
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 20, 2006
12:56 PM

Post #2124959

Full Sun! My only hint.
Sidney

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 22, 2006
1:26 AM

Post #2129084

they are getting that! thanks, sidney.
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 22, 2006
11:01 AM

Post #2129671

Bone meal?
;)
bmwrx7
Alva, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 26, 2006
9:38 PM

Post #2140838

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
pestee42
Molino, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 5, 2008
2:26 AM

Post #4759164

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
Saint Petersburg, FL

April 5, 2008
6:49 PM

Post #4761992

I think I have a couple of those Irises, actually a whole tub full, have to cut them back constantly, they grow in an ex-natural aquarium in an old bath tub.

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monschi
Saint Petersburg, FL

April 5, 2008
6:51 PM

Post #4761998

close-up

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pestee42
Molino, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 5, 2008
8:20 PM

Post #4762253

Jax, is this the kind of bearded iris you are talking about? As you can see this was taken in 04, so I've had them a while and they are about to bloom now.

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pestee42
Molino, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 5, 2008
11:10 PM

Post #4762879

Monschi, That is the coolest tub I have ever seen!
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 6, 2008
12:15 AM

Post #4763162

pestee, that is a very pretty bearded iris. I love that color. : )
~Lucy
pestee42
Molino, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 6, 2008
3:47 AM

Post #4764291

Thanks BlueGlancer. I wish I could remember it's name.
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 6, 2008
4:53 PM

Post #4766281

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!

Jeremy
pestee42
Molino, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 6, 2008
8:45 PM

Post #4767243

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.
bsgardens
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 10, 2008
2:18 PM

Post #4786623

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.
mistressgardenr
Jacksonville, FL

April 10, 2008
11:12 PM

Post #4788968

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!
Noell_swfl
Fort Myers, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 12, 2008
11:49 PM

Post #4799307

I am growing them and have good luck with them!

I have about 60 or so at this time. They are or shouldn't bloom this year but may next year! I have gotten blooms before!
pearl
(Deb) Pensacola, FL
(Zone 8a)

April 14, 2008
10:38 PM

Post #4808896

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.

This message was edited Apr 14, 2008 6:11 PM
pearl
(Deb) Pensacola, FL
(Zone 8a)

April 14, 2008
11:14 PM

Post #4809071

This is a picture of one of the irises that my neighbor and I order from "Schreiner's".

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JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 15, 2008
1:18 PM

Post #4811826

Thanks, Pearl! That is great to know. I'm still waiting for some sign of flowering from the bearded iris I planted last year. Hopefully, they will come along soon!

Jeremy
MollyMc
Archer/Bronson, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 15, 2008
8:16 PM

Post #4813692

I have some Bearded Iris that I am waiting to see bloom. They've been here maybe 2 years. Still waiting.

Molly
pearl
(Deb) Pensacola, FL
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2008
5:51 PM

Post #4817715

Molly; I give my irises 6 - 10 10. Go lite on the nitrogen. It produces alot of leaves and the iris is prone to rot.
Noell_swfl
Fort Myers, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 17, 2008
10:45 PM

Post #4824067

NinaNana... I'm getting ready to get rid of a TON of yellow walking iris's..
pearl
(Deb) Pensacola, FL
(Zone 8a)

April 18, 2008
3:56 PM

Post #4827100

NinaNana. I can take a couple off your hands.
pestee42
Molino, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 20, 2008
9:01 PM

Post #4836993

Pearl,
Your iris is a very pretty color. I've never fertilized mine, except for donkey manure. LOL It seems to work well.
JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 21, 2008
1:03 AM

Post #4837974

Welcome, pestee42 !-- what part of the state is Molino?

Jeremy
pestee42
Molino, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 21, 2008
1:15 AM

Post #4838022

Hi Jax, I'm in NWF about 30miles north of Pensacola, maybe a little less.
pearl
(Deb) Pensacola, FL
(Zone 8a)

April 21, 2008
3:48 PM

Post #4840982

pestee42. Do you have any pictures of your flowers in bloom?
pestee42
Molino, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 21, 2008
5:33 PM

Post #4841440

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.

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JaxFlaGardener
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 22, 2008
1:51 AM

Post #4843801

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

Jeremy
pestee42
Molino, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 22, 2008
1:49 PM

Post #4845903

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. :)
Pillita
Keystone Heights, FL
(Zone 8b)

May 6, 2008
7:25 PM

Post #4915101

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.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 7, 2008
12:26 AM

Post #4916407

I have only had luck with the Louisiana Iris>

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 7, 2008
12:27 AM

Post #4916412

And the Brazilian 'walking iris'.

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fleurone
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 8, 2008
12:35 AM

Post #4921471

I have some iris but no idea what they are, no flowers yet.

I have these as well and the yellow walking iris, havent seen the all blue on before Dale..

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MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

May 18, 2008
1:23 AM

Post #4966586

Those are walking iris too...I have them in all 3 colors, yellow, blueish/purple, and the white and purple combo like above.

Noell_swfl
Fort Myers, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 27, 2008
11:04 PM

Post #5011847

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.
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 28, 2008
1:47 AM

Post #5012643

Jeremy,

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.

I have learned to love crinums>

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BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 28, 2008
1:50 AM

Post #5012674

My light pink crinums look terrible since the tree fell down during the hurricane. I need to move them to more shade. The sun is terrible on them, here, plus they get very little water where they are.
Noell_swfl
Fort Myers, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 5, 2008
1:40 AM

Post #5055066

My bed of Iris's and some Glads mixed in.

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Noell_swfl
Fort Myers, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 5, 2008
1:41 AM

Post #5055070

more

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Noell_swfl
Fort Myers, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 5, 2008
1:41 AM

Post #5055072

up close in SW Fl.

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239elaine
Bonita Springs, FL

June 20, 2008
6:18 PM

Post #5133859

Noell_swfl,
I am amazed that you can grow bearded iris so far south. I had beautiful ones up north in CT but never tried them here in Bonita. Based on your experience, I'll give them a try. Thanks.

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