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Re: Storing rhizomes?

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Storing rhizomes?
  • From: "Cheryl Leigh Chamberlin" <clc@cherylleigh.com>
  • Date: Sun, 27 May 2001 13:16:33 -0400

I'm not Deb <G> but thanks very much for that info. I had the same question,
though my irises might only move across the yard, not across the country!

Cheryl Leigh
----- Original Message -----
From: "Harold Peters" <harold@directcon.net>
To: <iris-photos@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Sunday, May 27, 2001 1:07 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Storing rhizomes?

The answer is yes, rhizomes can be stored for awhile. The length and storage
conditions vary depending on what type of iris is involved. If the rhizomes
are TBs. Storage is best when cool, dark and DRY. I have replanted rhizomes
out of the ground for 1 year with 90+% success. Soak for 12 to 24 hours, cut
old roots as short as possible and then "mud in" to plant.  Planting needs
to be a minimum of 4 weeks before frost and since no one knows when the
first frost will be, it can be somewhat of a gamble. Potting can work to
extend the planting time if there is a way to overwinter the pots.

Harold Peters
Beautiful View Iris Garden
2048 Hickok Road
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
harold@directcon.net  www.beautiful-view-iris.com
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Deb Barone
  To: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
  Sent: Sunday, May 27, 2001 9:42 AM
  Subject: [iris-photos] Storing rhizomes?

  Is it possible to store rhizomes? It's just become possible that we'll be
moving cross-country later this summer, and I'd hate to leave my new order
planted in a garden here. My order won't be ready until late July, or early

  I could pot them as well.. but it would be easier for transport to have
them bagged and/or boxed, I think.

  Anyone know if they'll be alright this way? How long, if at all, can they
take being out of the ground? How late is too late to plant in the
Batlimore/DC area?

  Thanks for advice to this Iris newbie!

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