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CULT: Growing tall bearded Iris in pots

  • Subject: CULT: Growing tall bearded Iris in pots
  • From: "Glenn Grigg" <gggrigg@bellsouth.net>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001 09:54:24 -0400

I am amazed at all the discussions on iris-talk about growing tall bearded iris in pots in lieu of the earth. Do you all realize that you are talking about plants that 75 years age were used to stabilize erosion on ditch banks. Yes they are much better looking flowers today, but how pretty must the flowers be 75 years from now when they will have to be grown in a greenhouse.  

The hybridizers must wake up and see where they are taking the iris plant!  This is not all good! If you are also a daylily fancier you will note that daylilies have also recently become much prettier  with ruffles, picotee edges and blended colors. But now some of the most progressive (as far as pretty flowers are concerned) hybridizers are now located within 50 miles of Disney World in Florida. Will 75 years of progress leave the modern daylily a plant that will grow well only in central Florida. You can substitute northern California and the Willamette Valley of Oregon for the modern tall bearded iris in another 25 years!

Glenn Grigg
Region 4, Zone 7
in Raleigh,NC

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