We had over 250 varieties for the sale this year. The club gets
together to clean all the irises and mark the leaves with the price and
names. It takes about 5 hours each day. One of the local nurseries
went out of business and gave us her plastic plant trays. These are used
both to dry the irises and display them at the sale. It saves the
step of transferring irises from the window screens to cardboard flat
boxes. The bars are not using boxes anymore for beer. They are
shrink-wrapping beer. Last year we had to scrounge to find enough
cardboard flat boxes. The plastic trays are much nicer.
In a message dated 9/9/2014 11:02:01 A.M. Mountain Daylight Time,
Quite a fancy set up!
I usually put a plastic chair in the shade
surrounded by three plastic
garbage cans of water plus a 5 gallon bucket
with a cup of Clorox. Use
one garbage can for the first rinse, next one
for second rinse, then a
brief Clorox dip, then a final rinse in the 3rd
garbage can, and spread
them out on old window screens in the shade to
I haven't had a lot of donations to give to our club sales
mostly just growing seedlings - but back in the day, that was
enough washing to get a few hundred rhizomes quite
Fortunately, my soil is organic gravelly loam, so other than
sand or small rocks and a fine layer of soil, most soil just
and a quick swish thru a bucket of water gets them pretty
that sloshes on the ground disappears fast on my gravelly
creek soil. &
it's usually hot enough at digging time that the spring
water feels good
to play in.
Wouldn't work for clay.