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
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
The only blooms they produced were on small increases, most of
did not survive past bloom season. If I buy from that grower
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
(usually), then pot them up outdoors.
One CA grower
who used to send sappy rhizomes has quit watering in the
least the ones I get) and they seem to survive here <much>
better than previously.
From the photos you posted, it does
look like the smaller rhizomes had
a bit too much moisture or too
little air circulation for the length of
time they had to be closed up
for shipping. But I wouldn't object to
the size for my growing
conditions, as long as that is blooming size.
east TN USA zone 7
wondering if it's
suddenly going to go from months of 95oF to 20oF any
rebloom other than IMM & Belvi Q, & they are done for