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Re: Re: Arilbreds

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: Arilbreds
  • From: "FRANCELLE EDWARDS" <fjmjedwards@worldnet.att.net>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2002 19:58:56 -0700
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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.
Francelle Edwards    Glendale, Az   Zone 9
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, March 29, 2002 1:55 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: Arilbreds

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???
Thanks, Donna

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