Thanks for the tips, Chuck. The 3 spurias I
got from you in 2005, Adobe Sunset, Eleanor Hill and Betty Cooper, are all doing
well. I'll for sure have to get more of them, especially after all the
great photos over the last few days.
Eleanor, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
MIS & DIS Display Garden
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Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2007 7:40
Subject: [iris-photos] Re: SPU: 'Missouri
Spuria seem to do well in cold areas. I have been shipping them
to Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg etc for several years. First as bonus plants
and when people see them grow and perform they order some.
there was a gardening article on them in , I believe, the Clagary Harold, a
couple of years ago.
A few pointers re growing spuria in the cold
1) they don't go dormant as in warm climates
2) If you order
them, plant in September. If someone sends them to you in July, put them in
the vegatable crisper until september. (if you forget about them, plant them
in spring, even if they look absolutly dead)
3) plant with 3-4" of
soil over the tops of the rhizome
3a) They will put up some green foliage
in fall, this is normal, and it will survive winter .
4) if you are in a
borer region, be aware they are a favorite treat of the iris borer. Burn
foliage first thing in spring. Don't worry about damaged leaves, they will
5) Give them lots of room. The clump will get very very big, pver a
meter in diameter in several years.
The flowers will open if cut when
colour first showing, they are excellent cut flowers. Imagine a dutch
iris on steroids and food colouring.
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