Harold Peters has answered your question
about what an Arilbred is better than I could. Mine are all OGBs.
They are similar in size to the shorter TBs, 28 to 36 inches, and the blossoms
are quite large. They have only two to four buds per stalk, and they tend
to bloom all at once making a spectacular display for about a week. In two
weeks they will be all gone. Of course there are some later blooming
varieties. My yellow Desert Moonlight hasn't started yet. The tiny
rhizomes Mr. Peters mentions must be the true Arils which I have never tried to
grow. My Arilbred rhizomes are rounded, 1 1/2 to 2 inches across with
several shoots, so one provides an immediate small clump. If allowed
to get too thick, they will rot. A clump like my Heart Stealer with its 25
stalks is approaching bloom out. When I dig it in late August, it
will have only two to five good rhizomes to start over next year. How to
pick some? Visit an iris garden where they are growing and choose what you
like, or order from the catalog of a good iris garden.
Glendale, Az Zone 9
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Sent: Friday, March 29, 2002 1:55
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re:
I have a question that I am sure I should know
the answer to but I do not. I know what a TB, SDB, JI, LA, and Dutch Bearded
are. I am not sure what an Arilbred is? They are very pretty in your pics. I
like almost all iris that I have seen though , so I may be a little
prejudiced. The only one my hubby doesn't care for is the little ones we have
that bloom down in the foliage. He says iris blooms are supposed to be
taller than their foliage. I like that best too. But still like some of the
others also. I have put my little fellows in a separate bed so it won't get on
his (hubby's) nerves!!! I notice he weeds that bed just as readily as any
other around here so he must care a little for them? Sorry to ramble, but what
do I look for when I decide to buy an arilbred???
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