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
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.
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Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 3:44
Subject: [iris-photos] Re: Help:
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?
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
> 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.
Linda Mann east TN USA