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Do Tall Bearded Iris grow in Florida?

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 8b)

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

The Villages, FL(Zone 9a)

All the books I have about gardening in Florida say they do not grow here. No personal experience though. Karen

Tallahassee, FL(Zone 8b)

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?

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 8b)

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

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

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.

Archer/Bronson, FL(Zone 8b)

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

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

Archer/Bronson, FL(Zone 8b)

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

Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

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

Archer/Bronson, FL(Zone 8b)

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
:^))))

Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

LOL

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 8b)

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

Archer/Bronson, FL(Zone 8b)

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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Archer/Bronson, FL(Zone 8b)

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

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Palm Bay, FL(Zone 9b)

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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Palm Bay, FL(Zone 9b)

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

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Palm Bay, FL(Zone 9b)

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

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Palm Bay, FL(Zone 9b)

i too have the yellow walking iris...the blooms look so much like an orchid

Palm Bay, FL(Zone 9b)

Bob, what does the yellow walking iris look like?

Nina

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 8b)

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

Palm Bay, FL(Zone 9b)

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?

Palm Bay, FL(Zone 9b)

hi Nina...well...my walking iris blooms pretty much the year round...but i have it in different locations in my little jungle....

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 8b)

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

mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

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

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Jacksonville, FL(Zone 8b)

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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mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

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

Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

Full Sun! My only hint.
Sidney

mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

they are getting that! thanks, sidney.

Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

Bone meal?
;)

Alva, FL(Zone 9b)

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

Molino, FL(Zone 8b)

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.

Saint Petersburg, FL

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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Saint Petersburg, FL

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Molino, FL(Zone 8b)

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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Molino, FL(Zone 8b)

Monschi, That is the coolest tub I have ever seen!

South/Central, FL(Zone 9a)

pestee, that is a very pretty bearded iris. I love that color. : )
~Lucy

Molino, FL(Zone 8b)

Thanks BlueGlancer. I wish I could remember it's name.

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 8b)

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

Molino, FL(Zone 8b)

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.

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 9a)

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.

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