I'd like to add one piece of information to this conversation. Some rhizomes will never be large. It's just not in their DNA. Just saying.
<<What is the proper size?>>
KY Zone 6
From: iris4u2 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: iris-photos <email@example.com>
Sent: Sat, Sep 25, 2010 8:53 am
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: Quality Standards
As a grower I would want to know when a customer is unhappy! I had one lady in Tennessee express her disappointment with a few of the Iris I had sent believing they were on the smallish size. I refunded the money for those varieties she felt were inferior. When possible I will send double fans of those varieties which are smaller than I feel are up to proper size. This year when haven't had any rain to speak of and the rhizomes didn't put on much growth at all. No matter how much we watered it wasn't enough to compensate for the natural rainfall we so dearly missed. Now I do treat my Introductions a little differently since I feel they should be expected to larger and be able to produce a flower the first year for the price which is being paid.
What is the proper size? Eggs are graded by size and priced accordingly. The NW usually will produce a beautiful plant larger than that which is produced in the Mid West or East Coast. This year for the first time the product coming from the NW was smaller due to the tremendous amount of rain they received during the Irises growing stage. Should their product have been priced less because of size? It still was in the ground just as long, just as much maintenance went into the care (maybe more because of the additional rain). The loss of rhizomes was greater due to the rain maybe next year they will have to charge more because of the rain this year and the loss of revenue. Should an Mid-West Iris be priced less because it doesn't reach the same size as a typical NW Iris? If a grower carries an Iris you want and no want else has it shouldn't that grower be able to price the Iris, no matter what size they are producing at any price they feel is necessary to cover the cost of their operation? If the grower has exceptional customer service should they be able to charge the price they feel is necessary to cover the cost of their operation and as long as someone is willing to purchase the product. Supply, Demand and Customer Service in the Market Place isn't that what makes the economy work.
Oh, since this is Iris Photos I'd better post a photo to make this legal. Photos from 2009 when we had great moisture and produced a very nice plant. This year the product was smaller due to the great bloom season where the main fan plus increases were producing flowers then no rain so the increases remaining didn't put on as much growth.
Iris4u Iris Garden
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