CULT:My iris changed color!!!
In a message dated 6/27/2006 6:28:16 P.M. Central Standard Time,
<<So are you suggesting that bee pods only make white irises? >>
When giving a program on irises or "helping" at a show, the most often asked
question is "Why did my iris change color!" Often that question comes in
the form of "Why did my irises turn white!" Don't know why!
It's unfortunate that I used the more limited version.
No! All bee pods don't contain white irises! Although some might.
There are limited possibilities. We established recently (on this list)
that sports are rare.
1) Your source was unreliable and you didn't plant what you thought you
were planting. (Spring Hill/Wal-Mart etc.) This can even happen with a local
sale. Recently happened to me. My clump of Nordica is a reddish brown on
white plicata. Did my white iris turn plicata? No! It was never white. Just
2) Iris grew in the same space earlier. Yes, little pieces of irises left
when a bed is reworked will create problems. Irises are resourceful and
small "eyes" easily escape the eye! A small unseen rhizome can be chopped into
several pieces by the tiller, survive and repopulate the bed! Wow! Most
seasoned iris growers will "recognize" an old friend when it pops back up in a
3) You planted a white(whatever) along with other colors. It was stronger
than the others and took over the bed!
4) Bee pods (with seed) have been left unattended. When they mature they
will "fling" their seed similar to a Touch Me Not. Iris seed are built for
survival and can germinate over a period of years, dependent on a set of
factors lining up. They are often stronger than the parents.
It's even possible that a bird can drop a seed! Deer eats seed pod, drops
undigested seed, bird picks up seed, drops seed!
Hope that clears the issue a bit.
If you don't cross them, you can't plant them!
Betty W. in South-central KY Zone 6 ---
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