Linda, i totally agree with you, rhizomes that
weight 250 grams are bound to be full of water, and have very high chances to
rot here too.
The decent size of 100 grams is what i am after,
with A very dense structure, hard to cut with the knife.
But the pictures i have put on iris-photo show
irises between 5g and 30g;
They can't go in the garden yet or they would be
lost, they have to be potted and spend a year in the place in
the garden i call the kindergarten, and sometimes the hospital.... where
'potatoes' (used up rhizomes) are kept for extra shoots, and fragile irises that
start to rot are kept under scrutiny after cutting and bleaching.
It is not the place i want to see the newly arrived
irises ordered from professionals.
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Sent: Friday, September 24, 2010 3:53
Subject: [iris-photos] Re: Quality
Loic, I'm hesitant to say this (again) because it annoys some to hear
it, but I have problems with the big robust (sappy) rhizomes that many
others seem to like. They don't adapt to my growing conditions well at
all. I bought a batch like that last year, and I think all but one of
them died - more susceptible to freeze/thaw/rot damage over the winter.
The only blooms they produced were on small increases, most of which
did not survive past bloom season. If I buy from that grower again (and
I may, just as an experiment), I may store them indoors in cool place in
a paper bag until the following March after the worst of our freezes
(usually), then pot them up outdoors.
One CA grower who used to
send sappy rhizomes has quit watering in the
summer (at least the ones I
get) and they seem to survive here <much>
From the photos you posted, it does look like the smaller
a bit too much moisture or too little air circulation for the
time they had to be closed up for shipping. But I wouldn't
the size for my growing conditions, as long as that is blooming
My two cents.
east TN USA zone
wondering if it's suddenly going to go from months of 95oF to 20oF any
day now...no rebloom other than IMM & Belvi Q, & they are done for