Re: Iris Experiment
I wintered over about 175 irises last winter in the garage, which receives
natural light through south and east windows. The MDBs started growing
before I expected them to, and I had some spindly growth before I got them
out into full light. The MDBs didn't bloom very well. The 6 inch plastic
mum pots I used for the bigger classes were much too shallow-use the biggest
_deepest_ pots you can. The mix I used was half light crumbly compost, half
sand. I had a surprising amount of bloom this year, and am seeing good
increase, _after_ transferring things to much deeper pots.
My reason for this craziness was a landscaper not being able to come terrace
my little hill for new beds, because of a death in the family. I've had a
great time with it, because I could bring iris into the house in the pot to
enjoy the bloom, which lasted longer, shift iris all over the yard to enjoy
different color combos, etc.
_But_ I have to echo Gerry's comment-its a lot of work-early delivery and
planting, and mulching first year plantings with Christmas tree boughs from
the entire neighborhood has really cut losses for my friend, Bob, who plants
He has a regular routine when receiving fat NW US TBs-a dip in 10% Chlorox,
dry, dip in benlate (sp), dry for two weeks in a cool place, plant.
We get down to -20, and usually have a January thaw that brings us up to
50-60, and year before last had no snow cover when the temps were 70 in Jan.
Bob's bloom was cut, but he didn't have horrible losses of plants.
But, I had great fun with the pots, so Good Luck, Chris!
Kathryn Mohr, near Albany NY