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CULT: Growing Irises in pots.

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In a message dated 8/29/00 11:26:09 PM Eastern Daylight Time, AmGinley@cs.com 

<< The iris 
 may be in their pots for another 6 months, so I need to know what to do with 
 them for fertlizing, and overwintering? I am afraid to fertilize due to the 
 rot potential. I did have some rot in June- when we got deluged with rain. 
 Now have to water- due to no rain for 60 days. >>

     I am in Florida, about 20 miles southwest of Ocala, and have to grow all 
my Irises in various types of containers.  I have a few Tall Bearded 
Rebloomers that I grow in pots.  After one year, I have to re-pot them.  I 
fill the pots with a high quality locally available potting mix, planting the 
Iris in it as I fill the pot.  For Bearded Irises, I do not sink the pots 
into the ground.  
     If it does not rain, I water them about once per week, and fertilize 
them about once per month.  I go easier on the fertilizer in the winter.   
Here, the pots stay put all winter, but in considerably colder climates, 
special precautions may have to be taken, but it is not difficult to do.  If 
you need further information, let me know.

Mark A. Cook
Dunnellon, Florida          USDA Zone 8b.  

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