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Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Apr 19, 2013 10:36 PM CST
I hope someone can give me a little help regarding reblooming TBI. I have never grown them before, and would love to give them a try. I know that there is no guarantee that they will rebloom, but it's worth trying. I'm moving to Idaho, and the zone is supposed to be 7b. Can anyone suggest any reblooming iris that I should try? Older and cheaper is better! Thanks for any suggestions.
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Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK (Zone 6b)
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enidcandles
Apr 20, 2013 7:30 AM CST
I live in 6b and the only one I have had rebloom is Low Ho Silver. I know that is not much help but that's all I've got. LOL
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Apr 20, 2013 9:05 AM CST
Hi,! 5a here, and my most reliable are Earl of Essex, Total Recall, and Best Bet. All TBs. Immortality is a white TB that is supossedly the "reblooming wonder."All of the SBDs that rebloomed for me (or tried) were Baby Blessed , Flower Shower Forever Blue and Purple Joy. I would recomend that you Visit Winterberry Gardens website,and order one of their catalogs. Chock full of culture tips, ideas, and suggestions for "zone". They are a good source, also, and very nice to deal with.They specialize in rebloomers......Arlyn
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Apr 20, 2013 10:31 AM CST
Thanks to both of you! I saw Immortality last night when I was trying to find more info, and found it for sale for $6, so I'll give that one a try. I'm not a huge fan of white flowers, but I would like something that will probably rebloom. I'm in 5a here in Utah, and I've seen TB blooming in other yards in the fall, so I'm probably going to be able to find something that will rebloom for me in Idaho, where it's warmer.

Lori, I'd be happy if I get just one that will rebloom, so it was a big help! Almost all of my daylilies are supposed to rebloom, but none of them have for me. Not even Stella D'Oro, which reblooms for pretty much everyone else. Even the ones that I've shared with friends down the street have rebloomed for them, but not for me! I've got bad luck!
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Apr 20, 2013 12:14 PM CST
I'm in 6b too (I think) and *Feedback* re-blooms reliably for me. Also *Champagne Elegance*. Feedback is a dark blue, CE is apricot and cream.
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Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Apr 20, 2013 2:07 PM CST
Ohhh! Dark blue sounds perfect!! I'll have to get that one too! Thanks Mary Ann!
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Apr 20, 2013 5:20 PM CST
Immortality takes awhile to settle in, so be patient. Blooms in many zones. Winterberry Iris catalog is $5 & a worthwhile investment. their zone is 6b.
Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
Apr 20, 2013 7:20 PM CST
Natalie -- if you can't find it, let me know. I have to thin mine this year -- I'll send you some for postage.
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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Apr 20, 2013 7:42 PM CST
I am not a fan of Immortality. It is boring with a "Historic" bent. There are better more modern types that will do well in your neck of the woods.

I like:

Twiggy
Zee
911 Remembered
Autumn Circus
Again & Again
Over & Over
Colortart

I have 30 more "RE" types, but they are recent additions and have yet to rebloom for me. Then again, I have not "tended" to them to enhance their chances of rebloom. I have changed that factor this season and hope to have a large rebloom season.
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Apr 20, 2013 8:24 PM CST

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Blue J Iris nursery has lots of categories and Rebloomers is one of them:
http://www.bluejiris.com/TypeReblm.htm
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Apr 20, 2013 8:31 PM CST
Anything they list on their "rebloomer" page has rebloomed for them ( I think they are 4b). Some are marked as rebloomers on the "main" page, they rebloom "somewhere warm".,but haven't in their field....Arlyn
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Apr 20, 2013 9:53 PM CST
Greg, I don't mind the "Historic" bent one bit. I'm moving, and the only plants I've moved so far are some Iris, and I only took about 20 of them with me. So, I need cheap ones since I'm in need of many. The historic ones are very affordable, and if they rebloom, they are going on my list. Thanks for your list though! I'll look them up in a minute! I've actually been surprised at how affordable some of the recent intros are.

Sue, thanks for the link! I was on that site a couple of days ago, and sure did appreciate that the rebloomers were listed on their own page, so that I didn't have to click through hundred of pictures!

Lucy, thanks for the heads up on Immortality taking a while to settle in. I've been waiting 3 long years for some of my daylily seedlings to bloom for the first time, and it turns out that I'm way more patient than I ever thought I was! Now I've got to move them out of state, and I'll have to wait again!

Mary Ann, you are so kind! Group hug
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Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
Apr 21, 2013 8:04 AM CST
Greg -- I didn't know that Colortart is a re-bloomer. I have that Iris -- have had for several years. It hasn't re-bloomed for me. Guess I'm not in the right zone for it.
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Apr 21, 2013 9:36 AM CST
It may be zone , Mary Ann, but probably it's more a culture thing. If left to go dormant after bloom, only a few of the "best" rebloomers will put on a show. That's why I've got mine in a "dedicated" bed( just remonants). That way I can give them the extra water and fertilizer they need. They are much more" rot- resistant" than the normal iris, and stand up to, and even need the extra boost. To treat the normal iris this way would be to invite rot ,and actually hurt the" spring only bloomers".. So, I would say, some of the most reliable rebloomers will "do it on their own," but most need some extra TLC......Arlyn
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Apr 21, 2013 10:45 AM CST
Arlyn, Now that you've mentioned it, I think it's a great idea to keep the rebloomers in their own area, so that they can be pampered a little easier. I will do that! At least until I figure out which ones will rebloom for me, and which ones won't. I'm sure it could take a few years, but I've got plenty of time!

Greg, I looked up the iris on your list, and Colortart is stunning! I may have to get that one and hope for the best! I'm glad that it reblooms for you, and Arlyn, I'm sorry that it hasn't for you. It sure is beautiful!
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Apr 21, 2013 3:51 PM CST
To which state are you moving?
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Apr 21, 2013 7:12 PM CST
We're moving to Idaho, which I never thought I'd say in a million years! Now I can't wait to get all the way moved in up there!
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Apr 22, 2013 4:01 AM CST
I have a friend in Idaho who specializes in the dwarf irises. The Suttons who live in CA are moving their iris business to Idaho. Think of moving an entire garden over the summer.
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Apr 22, 2013 9:34 AM CST
Natalie,

I looked up Colortart and it is not a re-bloomer. It did bloom for me in the Fall though. My position on that is that it was too immature in the Spring to bloom and decided that the conditions were correct to do so in the Fall.

Still, it is a "Sterling" cultivar and I like it alot! Smiling

Greg
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Apr 22, 2013 10:11 AM CST
Thanks Greg. I may still get it, since it's so gorgeous. I don't even know what a "Sterling" cultivar is! I have a lot of TB iris, but really don't know much about them, other than I haven't managed to kill them, so they must be easy to grow. I only have a couple that I know the names of, but I really love them.

Here's a big clump in my backyard. All of these were supposed to be pink, and as you can see, none are. The ones that look kind of pink are peach. Do any of you know of a pink that reblooms well?

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