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Moving iris

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Moving iris
  • From: "Elaine Grings" <egrings@mcn.net>
  • Date: Wed, 2 Apr 1997 20:40:47 -0700 (MST)

 Here's my strange but true iris moving story. In the spring of 1991, I
 moved from Northern Idaho to Eastern Montana. I had just started growing
 irises a few years before and had several varieties I was fond of. Not
 about to leave the irises behind, I dug them up (After they had started to
 grow, but before any  stalks had started) and placed them (with some dirt
 on their roots) in a cardboard box. Away we went. I spent the first year in
 an apartment with no where to plant the irises. Rather than give up and
 just throw them out, I placed the box in a seldom used room with no windows
 and a very constant temperature. A year later, in May, I bought a house.
 The first item of business was to get the irises into the ground. (Early
 June is iris bloom around here - same as N Idaho).  They survived and
 produced foliage the first year. It wasn't until the second or  third year
 that they bloomed, but after what they had been though, I was tickeled! I
 garden for having such faith in the survival power of these irises. (One of
 the reasons I'm fond of iris - they can withstand my neglect and still
 produce gorgeous blooms every year). 
 Several other varieites were closer to blooming at moving time. They were
 potted and allowed to bloom. I enjoyed the blooms that year, but those
 rhizomes rotted before I moved into the house. 
 I'm curious. You got several interpretations about moving to NE Washington.
 I assumed you meant Washington State, but I see others interpreted it to
 mean NE DC.  Which is it?
 Best of luck in getting the irises transported.

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