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Re: Re:CULT:potting Iris

Hello Carryl,
    Perhaps different regions approach things based upon what works best, but here
in southern Indiana I grow all my iris in pots without difficulty. I do not grow
the TB's, so can not comment on those. Iris begin life as seeds in individual
pots, grow on to fill the pot and get transferred to the larger pots. They sit on
landscape mat within open frames to ride with the local weather. The only thing
they receive is water, food and a touch of shade. In winter the larger pots have
cypress mulch packed around the outside of the pots.
    I assume most nurseries grow their iris in pots as I do here.When you purchase
an Iris at a local garden center or nursery, are they in pots?
    Gene Bush     Southern Indiana    Zone 6a     Munchkin Nursery
          around the woods - around the world
genebush@otherside.com     http://www.munchkinnursery.com
----- Original Message -----
From: Carryl M. Meyer <carrylm@bigsky.net>

Subject: [iris-talk] Re:CULT:potting Iris

> If I cannot plant the rhizomes in the place where they should be, I plant
> them in gallon pots, and then dig a trench, about 2/3 as deep as the pot,
> and put the pots in the trench, filling the dirt around them. I have done
> this with bearded Iris, Siberians, Spurias, Specie--with no problem--some of
> the Spurias were in their pots for almost two years, and it did not phase
> them at all--I am growing a Japanese in a 5 gallon pot--with no problems--
> I am in zone 3/4 and the ground freezes about a foot deep--usually with no
> snow cover--
> and I do not cover the pots or mulch them--
> Carryl in western Montana--where the wind came from somewhere and blew most
> the smoke away--saw the sun today for the first time in 4 days

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