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Re: Re: Help: Rhizome/stalk question
  • Subject: Re: Re: Help: Rhizome/stalk question
  • From: "Margie Valenzuela" <IrisLady@comcast.net>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 17:14:03 -0700


Linda this happened to me this year too. First time ever - due to a cooler, wetter, and longer winter than most years. Keeping irises in pots indoors anywhere I'm sure would 
remedy the situation, except some irises NEED those chilly nights in order to bloom in the first place.
(a different hybridizing problem w/ a similar remedy)
In order to hybridize certain cultivars HERE during our hotter spring days (upper 80's and even over 90 degrees - many days during our bloom season), I have some potted some up in 5 gallon pots. This way I can bring them indoors where it's cooler to hybridize and see that they "take" before putting them back outdoors.
I hope this idea helps you. :-)
~ Margie V.
Oro Valley, AZ.
----- Original Message -----
From: Linda Mann
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 3:44 PM
Subject: [iris-photos] Re: Help: Rhizome/stalk question


Freeze damage combined with transplant "shock" resulting in lost bloom
makes me wonder if there's anything we could do to lessen the likelihood
of losing terminals?


Anybody know if keeping them in pots in a greenhouse over the winter
would save them?

So many purchased cultivars don't survive here, or are so weak they
won't go on to bloom in the future. So if the terminal doesn't make it,
I get nothing. I don't mind buying some of the slightly older, less
expensive ones as if they are annuals, but not if I don't get bloom that
first year.

> Yeah, it's a bit of bummer not having stalks up that I had planned to make crosses with. but if that's the worse thing that happens this year, I won't complain.
> Billy

Linda Mann east TN USA zone 7

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