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Re: CULT: Helpful Hints for Sure-Fire Bloom

Walter mentioned purchasing east coast rhizomes to avoid the moisture 
problems encountered during long shipping periods.  Do not forget that 
the areas east of the Cascades in Washington State are very arid.  You 
already have followed the discussions about Riverview in Idaho near the 
Washington State border and have heard all the favorable accounts about 
these rhizomes.  They are small and wonderful.  They do not seem to be 
affected by extremes of heat or cold.  We often have very low 
temperatures and little if any snow in north central Washington State 
where I lived prior to moving to Central WA and these small rather dry 
looking rhizomes adapted and bloomed the following year in almost every 

I do request that any bearded iris rhizomes that I order be shipped very 
early.  Rhizomes that I receive from my own area have a high mortality 
rate if they are received later than about August 10th and planted 
immediately.  Once the iris are established in my garden about the only 
thing that will destroy them is bloom out or "varmints" such as 
tunneling rodents or fat raccoons who plow through the beds which are 
 adjacent to a creek.

USDA zone 5
Arid central WA State

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