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Re: Higher elevations


I hope to get a chance to try Arilbreds soon -- they are wonderous in 
the photos I've seen, have yet to see any in the flesh, so to speak. 
What ones would you suggest for starters? And how about suggestions for 

I've been wildflower seed collecting like mad the past month or so, 
still haven't found time to look for I. missouriensis pods but this area 
had a bumper crop this year so I may yet find some. I would like very 
much to hear about the trials & tribulations of growing these from seed 
& what's worked for you -- especially what soil/sun/water you're giving 
them in captivity.

Marte in the mtns	Zone 4/Sunset 1  Colorado

Barbara Mann wrote:
> Sheryl asked:
> ----------
> I'm curious as to what irises are successful at higher elevations -
> 7,000, 8,000, 9,000. Any ideas?
> Sheryl in Delta Co 5,100 ft.
> Hi, Sheryl--Marte will probably answer, too, so we'll see how we      
> compare.  I'm gardening at 7,000 feet, give or take a few hundred, and 
> what does well here is any of the bearded iris, from the dwarfs on up 
> to the TBs and the Arilbreds...  Sometimes the MDBs get clobbered by  
> late frosts (then again, so do the other classes), and rebloomers can 
> be really iffy, but most years, Something blooms.  I would guess many 
> of the usual garden varieties would grow and bloom at higher          
> elevations, too.  If they don't, then the species I. missouriensis    
> certainly does; you can find it blooming all over the high mountain   
> meadows in the summer.  I have stolen seed from some and am growing a 
> few in my garden.
> Barb in Santa Fe, zone 5

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