Thank you all for your replies. I do have LA irises and they do
thrive in my climate under my conditions. I have an area that is a
low spot and it stays damp most of the year. My LA irises grow there.
In fact if I ever buy more, I'll have to dig up some of the ones I
have to make room for the new ones. Pseudacorus does just fine here
also. The only thing about Pseudacorus is that it can be very
aggresive given our conditions.
I find it rather strange that I have two TB Iris that grow and do well
here but the others do not. I especially appreciate the yellow one
(which will never win any prizes) for its very early blooming.
Today we are finally getting some much needed rain. We need much more,
but at this state of affairs, we'll take whatever we can get.
So, I'll just continue appreciating the lovely photos of TB Iris and
also make a list of which LA Iris I might buy.
On Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 11:00 PM, Margie Valenzuela<IrisLady@comcast.net> wrote:
> Hi Beverly,
> Colleen said....... "I'm wondering if the problem in Houston is too much
> summer humidity, coupled with insufficient winter cooling."............I
> think her above statement accurately describes your climate. Even if the PH
> in your soil is in the normal range for TB's, there are more requirements
> needed for TB's to grow there.
> ~ Margie V.
> Oro Valley, AZ.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Impressive Irises
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Sent: Saturday, July 18, 2009 6:04 PM
> Subject: Re: [iris-photos] TB Photo: GUATEMALA
> Hi Beverly
> Here in South Australia, there are many iris growers, mostly bearded which
> grow very well here. We are basically a zone 9/10, with soil pHs ranging
> from below 6 to over 8.5. We find that some irises, partic later and darker
> varieties, benefit from some afternoon shade.
> Also the trick is to ensure that they get cold enough in winter and are not
> near heat retaining walls and paths. Full shade in winter is good.
> However when we have heatwaves here (over 100oF, 37oC, often for 5-10 days)
> the humidity is very low, typically less than 20%. So our summers are very
> hot and dry, with very little rain, similar to southern California.
> I'm wondering if the problem in Houston is too much summer humidity, coupled
> with insufficient winter cooling.
> Also the rhizomes benefit from being covered by a half to an inch of soil.
> Remember as cold as possible in winter and hot and dry in summer, with drip
> watering only once every 2-3 weeks .
> Colleen Modra
> South Australia.
> Beverly Robinson wrote:
> Marge, I live just east of Houston, TX. As I mentioned, I do have two
> irises that grow and bloom here. I also have other iris plants that I
> believe are TB but although they grow they haven't bloomed as yet and
> I have had them for several years. Maybe I am like your "south of the
> border" friends whose irises don't do well. I don't think it has to
> do with my soil as I grow anything in the Amaryllis family, daylilies
> and other common flowering plants. It does get hot here. Today it is
> near 100 and we desperately need rain.
> I look at the pictures you and other growers show and I just about die
> wishing I could grow them. Thanks for your reply.
> Beverly Robinson
> On Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 1:50 AM, Margie Valenzuela<IrisLady@comcast.net>
>> Hi Beverly, I'm in zone 9 also, specifically 9a. I really haven't had much
>> trouble growing tall bearded irises here. The summers are tough on the
>> irises here, but otherwise they do very well. There are many Arizona (zone
>> 9) iris growers. What state/country are you in? I've heard just south of
>> border (like in Mexico - an hours drive away) tall beardeds are hard to
>> grow. A few will, but not many. I'm not sure why.
>> In your situation - I wonder if it's the PH of your soil?? Possibly a soil
>> test would be a good idea.
>> ~ Margie V.
>> Oro Valley, AZ.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: Beverly Robinson
>> To: email@example.com
>> Sent: Friday, July 17, 2009 3:53 PM
>> Subject: Re: [iris-photos] TB Photo: GUATEMALA
>> Hi Margie: What ag. zone are you in? I would love to grow "regular"
>> irises but my zone (9) seems to preclude anything but Spurias, Dietes,
>> Ungulacaris, etc. I do have a yellow iris, TB, that blooms very early
>> here and a purple that blooms a little later. The pictures many
>> publish just make me drool but I know I cannot grow them. Thanks
>> Beverly A.
>> On Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 12:48 AM, Margie Valenzuela<IrisLady@comcast.net>
>>> This is GUATEMALA................A 2005 Tom Johnson Introduction.
>>> It is listed as an early bloomer, but it blooms mid-season for me. It
>>> be that it just seems to be a midseason bloomer to me, because I'm
>>> with quite a few V VE, VE to E varieties in my crosses. Our weather is
>>> usually warm enough to have irises bloom in late February, or early
>>> but there are just not many of those V VE irises that exist. Part of my
>>> hybridizing efforts is to create more of these irises so those of us in
>>> warm southern states can experience a longer bloom season. The biggest
>>> drawback for introducing irises that bloom this early in the season is
>>> many of them are usually long past 'their bloom season' by the time the
>>> Treks or AIS Conventions are in full swing. So <alas> they are rarely
>>> by the public.
>>> ~ Margie V.
>>> Oro Valley, AZ.
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