Linda, I've ordered from a wide variety of suppliers and believe it or not
. . . I've received worse through the past 25 years! Might have helped
some that I received a box of rhizomes my first year (1982) that looked like
onion sets! Honest! And they arrived during the Thanksgiving holiday
while I was out of town! When contacted, the company said they shipped
when THEY thought was a good time to plant IN MY AREA! LOL!
Not an iris specialist. But they lived and bloomed.
A club member reported receiving a large shipment from CA this week.
The fans were all brown and dead. Most irises only had one green blade
left in the center of the fan! Some club members speculated that the
shipping company had probably left them sitting on a dock somewhere in the
heat. When you don't ship priority they can be out there for awhile.
My guess is that the irises had been dug earlier and were sitting around at
the suppliers waiting for a pick. Companies like Schreiners dig fresh each
day. Others don't.
Yours are really not that bad! <vbg> I've received
much worse and most do survive. Old root are basically a stabilizing
factor. But some people are concerned that the old roots harbor bacteria
etc. The rhizome will put out new roots either way, and will