Re: CULT:potting irises
- Subject: Re: CULT:potting irises
- From: "Lew" <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 3 Feb 1999 21:45:42 -0600
- Importance: Normal
it's about time for me to add my 2 cents worth again. I consider myself to
still be quite a newby to iris growing.
always admired iris since my childhood, as so many folks grow them here.
Last spring I bought some iris at a local nursery, they had no idea of colors,
etc. but they were relatively inexpensive and I wanted to start somewhere.
surfin the net I came across this list and joined it. The "sale
list" came out after the Denver Show and the descriptions of the iris
looked so exciting that I ordered 10 rz from it. We were in a record
setting drought, so I pled to the list for advice on how to make them
a few hours Walter had posted the root shaving, potting technique for me.
I had no idea (at that time) of his stature in the iris community, was scared to
shave my "prizes," but felt that since he was at a state university
there was an excellent chance he knew what he was talking about.
pleased to tell you that ALL of the iris are in great shape. None died, in
fact I used the methods he suggested for some other iris some of the other
listmembers were kind enough to share with me. Every iris I planted in the
beds last fall has green leaves, some are even showing increase. I still
have no bloomstalks but am eagerly awaiting them. I have
corresponded with several of you personally, and appreciate everyone's
to send my membership application to AIS this week. I may be the first
person ever to join before he ever got a bloom on his own iris. My wife
Linda and I plan to attend the convention in OKC. Hope to meet many of you
USDA Zone 8, Heat Zone 9, Sunset Zone 33
Chris Hollinshead wrote:
From: "Chris Hollinshead"
Hello Chris and others interested
in this topic. I have to apologize for taking so long to reply to this
message, there has really been no excuse.
Couple of questions, Glenn... I was particularly interested in the
your experience involved the *West Coast irises... I have
had consistent bad
experiences/luck with the survivability of them
too with huge overwinter
losses (rot, botrytis and heaving). Most
always with my TB replants, they
are heaved way out of the ground
come spring... and I do mean way out! In
the Spring it looks like I
didn't even bother to plant them, just threw them
onto the top of
the garden bed. I have tried planting earlier but it does
too much difference. Letting the rhizomes dry out cuts into the
limited growing season left after receipt and correspondingly limits
amount time left for rooting to become established prior to
bricks etc on top of the rhizomes overwinter to
prevent heaving seems to me
to only treat the symptoms and not the
cause. These things were partially
behind my reasons for considering
this methodology on new acquisitions.
Now, to the questions:
1. Did you cut back the roots on these
West Coast and other iris before
planting? if yes, how much?
What kind of medium did you pot with?
3. What would be the diameter
of a 1 gallon pot? (I moved to the 6 inch dia
size for TBs)
How long did you keep them potted before transplanting into the garden
*West Coast iris defined in this discussion are iris that are
grown/propagated on the west coast and not necessarily confined to
just hybridized there. My own West Coast iris were sourced
Look forward to comments. (Glenn, I have brought this discussion back
the public forum of Iris Talk as I think many will be
interested or benefit
from this information exchange)
Last summer I contacted Walter because of some comments he made, on Iris
Talk, about potting iris.