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Re: Iris in Large Barrels

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Iris in Large Barrels
  • From: "William Stone" <wstone@volcano.net>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2001 16:02:04 -0000

Pat:  We have had Celebration Song in a ( 50 gallon cut in half ) barrel for
the last four years and had no problems. We reach a low temperature of
somewhere around 10-15 degrees, sometimes have snow 3 feet deep, have summer
temperature up to 105 degrees ( weather man says 95 ) we have 4 plants
originally in the barrel and divide annually. I guess I should mention we
are at 3500 foot level and in the California Sierras, East of the capitol
( Sacramento )  Hope you can use this imput.
Bill Stone
Stone's Iris Garden
----- Original Message -----
From: "Pat" <bradleys@ga.prestige.net>
To: <iris-talk@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Friday, August 10, 2001 2:22 PM
Subject: [iris-talk] Iris in Large Barrels

> Hello All,
> I hope to be ordering some iris soon from various sources.  Most will go
in the
> ground in October, and I will be potting them temporarily in small
> that time.  I do though have some large barrels that currently have
> in them that really are not doing well.  We just had our back landscaped,
> trees removed etc. and now their is more sun then I anticipated.  What I
> like to do is remove the impatients and amend the soil with more potting
> garden dirt and sand and then plant the iris in the barrels for a couple
> years.  They would look great in these barrels, displaying their flowers
> spring and then when they have completed flowering I could add trailing
> around the iris for the summer.
> Does anyone else do this, or is this detrimental to the iris and they
> require being planted in the ground?  I realize in pots/barrels that they
> need to be watered regularly.  If others do this, is the potting soil with
> fertilizer, garden soil and sand still okay for iris that will stay in the
> barrel/pot?  Are there any other special needs?
> Thanks all,
> Pat
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