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Re: Re: CULT: Growing Japanese Irises in Pots?

On Wednesday 22 November 2000 10:22, you wrote:
> I saw here recently that some Japanese Irises have flowers as big as dinner
> plates.  That got me excited to plant some.  So last night I read my trusty
> Iris book and discovered that they need to grow in a bog or swamp type of

	I don't think they really need a swamp. I hope not or the ones I planted 
this year won't be happy. They need more water then some other types but they 
can live in normal garden beds. I think you will get bigger better plants 
growing in a pond but it isn't an absolute requirement. What I did was build 
the bed in the part of the yard that acts to channel all the rainwater to the 
street. [I hope that makes sense. Basically the grade sends all the water 
away from the house towards the bed] So the beds get extra water but it isn't 
swampy. Not even damp most of the time. Other then the one plant that looks 
like it needs iron the rest are happy. That's even though my soil isn't the 

> conditions. I don't have that here in north Texas so was wondering if they
> can be grown successfully in pots.  Has anyone had good blooms that way? 

	I'm also thinking of growing some in pots next year. The local nusery has a 
pond section that had some Irises growing in pots [yellow flag I think not 
japanese] They were huge. I still haven't decided what to make to hold the 
pots. I figure with winter coming I can take the time to build something that 
can hold the water and the pots.  My understanding is that pot culture works 
just fine with Japanese irises. I'm fairly sure thats the way they get 
handled by ponders.


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