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Re: Re: CULT: Transplanting Irises

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Re: CULT: Transplanting Irises
  • From: "Colleen Modra" <irises@senet.com.au>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2001 06:04:43 +1000

Interesting commects from all. I think climate has a lot to do with the best
time for transplanting. Here in Astralia we're just undertaking a major
transplant. I agree that immediately after flowering is the best time.
However as commercial growers we are too busy shipping at that time to do
any transplanting. We don't like transplanting in the full heat of an Aust
summer, or shipping for that matter. Too many inexperienced growers insist
on having their gardens well watered in during the heat. Instant rot for
newly planted bearded iris. However we have found that with our milder
winters (most of Southern Australia is Zone 8 or 9) irises transplant well
as they are coming out of summer dormancy. (wouldn't work for really cold
areas). This year has been a very dry autumn and we like to plant with the
first winter rains.
However I think that in Australia bearded iris can be planted any time, with
appropriate care and watering.. We certainly don't trim the roots or leaves
(don't have time) when doing a major transplant. Just break 'em up and move
All the commercial growers here, that I know, move their stock April-June.

Colleen Modra
South Australia.
----- Original Message -----
From: lilylvr <lilylvr@kansas.net>
To: <iris-talk@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Saturday, June 02, 2001 1:14 AM
Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Re: CULT: Transplanting Irises

> Hi Tom,
> I frequently transplant in spring. I always try to move as much soil as
possible so as not to disturb the roots. Ever After was placed in a nicer
location this spring and bloomed better than it has ever done for me. It was
in too much shade. I also moved a large bed that ended up being impossible
to get the grass out of. They were all new last august. About half of them
bloomed. The same as in other beds with new iris. I do not really recommend
dividing in early spring though as it seems to set the rhizomes back and if
it is wet they can rot.
> Sincerely Wendy
>   ----- Original Message -----
>   From: RYFigge@aol.com
>   To: iris-talk@yahoogroups.com
>   Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2001 8:49 PM
>   Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Re: CULT: Transplanting Irises
>   This spring I did the unheard of transplanting!   Last fall came before
>   had finished.  the transplanting.   In April I didn't like the looks of
>   bed - so I moved  the irises to another bed !  This time I did not cut
>   leaves back, but the rhizomes were buried into the  ground to hold them
up --
>   some of them had bloom stalks!!  AND they bloomed! - some  stalks
>   after the move.  They look o.k. - maybe a little harrassed, but they are
>   making it and  -- they look better than they did where they were!  This
>   an experiment, so will have to wait to see how they get along thru the
>   I'm not recommending this, however!  (And of course "I" did not do the
work -
>   unfortunately I can only supervise it!)    Rosalie nr Baltimore, USA
Zone 7
>   where it is still blissfully cool     ryfigge@aol.com
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