Re: SIB and spring planting
Claire Peplowski wrote:
>think do to our shorter growing season the first year of a siberian requires a
>little extra attention.
I would add 'quite of bit of attention' that includes lots of faithful
watering and a mulch that keeps them moist and I do winter-mulch my
first-year Siberians. I have watered three times a day in a warm
spell (not many of those here). Also, plant deep and give them plenty
of room. The soil is amended and ready when they arrive but I always
soak them a day anyway.
>Two of us growing siberians on my mountain were having poor results until we
>paid attention to all these details. You may need several years to have a
>good sized blooming clump in the more northern zones.
This is so true but it is worth the wait. I 'designed' a rather large
perennial border around one my favorite whites, Esther C.D.M. The only
problem was Esther just had a blooming season last summer and took 3
years to do it. My border looked strange with a non-blooming Siberian
smack in the middle of it. BTW, Esther came from Ensata and is a
gorgeous, healthy plant. Definitely worth the wait. :-)
Ellen Gallagher / firstname.lastname@example.org
Siberian iris robin / email@example.com
Northern New Hampshire, USA / USDA Zone 3