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Re: CULT: Watering During Summer in Hot Climates?


We're in a hot but very dry climate and we recommend watering only every
fortnight or so. In your humid climate I would recommend that you don't
overhead water but water by drip irrigation.

Not uncommon for irises to spend a year settling in before blooming.

Colleen Modra
South Australia

where it has gone from being the driest autumn on record to one of the
wettest Junes ever recorded.

> Hi,
> We have been in a bit of a cool respite here in coastal SC for the past
> few
> days, but last week our heat indices rose over 100, and humidity was
> stifling
> as well. This being my first year planting iris, I try to stay attuned to
> your
> notes regarding bloom, number of irises lost, etc. I planted about 45
> irises,
> and none have died; however, right now some are looking as if they are
> feeling
> the heat. How often do those of you in the really hot climates, the south
> and
> west, water during the summer? I understand that when irises are
> established
> they are pretty happy to be left dry, and this is fine with me; for the
> time
> being, however, for first year plants, what would you recommend?
> Also, I was really disappointed that about half of my irises did not
> bloom.
> They look healthy otherwise, but I am just assuming that perhaps they need
> more
> time to get established. Several of those that didn't bloom seem to be
> increasing like mad.
> Thanks for any insight you can provide,
> Mike in Myrtle Beach, SC, Zone 8
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