Irises forum: Are rebloomers worth it?

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 5, 2013 6:41 PM CST
Hi, I planted several supposedly 'rebloomers' in my daughter's garden in Salt Lake 5 years ago. As far as I know, only one of them has ever re-bloomed, and then only one stalk.

I'm pretty sure they've had good care, fertilizer after the first bloom, and consistent water every year. The plants have bloomed well in spring and multiplied/spread pretty well, too.

They are now building a new house so we will have a chance to plant more iris and I'm wondering if we should try some more rebloomers or not?

If so, which ones have shown good reblooming? Thanks for your expert opinions, this forum is a real treat for the eyes!

Orange Harvest in its glory, a year ago when I was there visiting.

Elaine

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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Jul 5, 2013 6:58 PM CST
I have discussed this with members of the Utah Iris Society. I think a general statement about rebloom here would be occasional but not dependable. I do see a white one blooming in gardens in the fall,,,,probably Immortality. Suttons were moving to Idaho to work on cold weather rebloomers but both passed away.. Now, regrettably, that work won't go on unless there son carries on. I bought Ozark Rebounder last summer in hope of some rebloom. It was pretty this spring. I will keep my fingers crossed.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Name: Arlyn
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crowrita1
Jul 5, 2013 7:32 PM CST
There are several of the vendors that list their re-bloomers by "zone", and that's probably a good place to start. But you have to remember a few things,...the USDA zone map tracks the lowest average temperature, and that's certainly important, but it does NOT track the number of frost-free days!, And for re-bloomers, that's pretty important, too.....re-bloom is NOT a certainty , and should be looked at as a "bonus".....The best shot at re-bloom comes from not allowing them the usual summer dormant period, and that means extra water, fertilizer, and care. And that much summer water and food is REAL hard on the "regular" iris in the bed. That said, yes ,in my opinion anyway, re-bloomers are "worth it". You will have the best luck with re-blooming types of SDBs, and IBs, as with their early bloom time, they automatically have a :longer season, in which to re-bloom. I would also suggest you visit Winterberry Gardens website, and get a copy of their catalog. They both are loaded with info on re-bloomers, and their care( as well as lots of "regular" iris tips.)....Arlyn
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 5, 2013 9:29 PM CST
Thanks, both of you! I guess we've missed the Utah Iris Society's sale for this year? Hope to see pictures of Ozark Rebounder in August or early September, Paul.

The Winterberry Gardens site is amazing, Arlyn. I need to fix firmly in my mind the colors my daughter likes before I go looking at all those gorgeous pictures.
Elaine

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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Jul 5, 2013 10:38 PM CST
The Utah Iris Society Sale and Auction is August 3 and begins at 10:00 at the Sugarhouse Garden Center, 1602 East 2100 South, SLC....
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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tveguy3
Jul 6, 2013 4:40 AM CST
Wow, there is a lot of interesting information on that site! Thanks Arlyn for sharing.
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caitlinsgarden
Jul 6, 2013 6:17 AM CST
The one rebloomer I have is "Total Recall" and it is totally worth it! Love this flower!
Name: Lucy
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irisarian
Jul 6, 2013 7:18 AM CST
An IB (intermediate ) I would reccomend for rebloom is 'Champagne Encore'.
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 6, 2013 8:09 AM CST
Thanks again, all! Good to get that date from you, Paul, I'll send my daughter shopping with a list of names to look for.

Btw, you might want to let someone know, I went to the Utah Iris Society's site yesterday, and it has the show dates but I did not see the sale date on there. (I didn't look hard, but shouldn't they have it boldly displayed on the home page?)

Now I went back and I see it in small, modest print at the bottom of the home page. I did not scroll down that far the first time, I clicked on the sidebar links instead. Maybe a sidebar "ANNUAL SALE" might be indicated?
Elaine

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