I'm resending this one. I sent it out
yesterday............... but haven't seen it show up yet.
We love them, they just don't love us. Many of us
here have tried to grow these beauties over and over again. They need
cooler weather for a longer length of time to grow and set blooms.
Sometimes the first year they will bloom due to the energy already stored in
them, but after that - - they will barely grow. And there is never or
hardly ever another bloom. I understand some iris growers in
Arizona who live in higher and/or cooler elevations are fortunate enough to
get IB's to bloom. (The higher elevations provide an environment for MTB's
and SDB's to bloom also).
The last one I tried growing was Lunar Frost. This is a photo of it in my
yard. It looked great for 1 spring. After another 2 springs of it not
blooming again and dwindling down to almost nothing - I finally got rid of
it. :-( When it did bloom it was shorter than it
should have been too.
TB's, Arilbreds, Border Beardeds, Spuria, and
Louisiana's do great at our elevation.
At this point - - sadly the only reason I would see
for us in the desert to grow an IB, MTB, or STB is to get the pollen from it the
one year it blooms.