Irises forum: My newest blunder, didn't know this could happen!

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Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK (Zone 6b)
I want them all!
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enidcandles
Aug 1, 2013 7:20 PM CST
So I dug out the huge bed of NOIDs, cleaned everything up and tilled the area. Looks to me like I have done everything right up to this point. I had even planted a few new rhizomes in my pretty new area and then the rain came. We got 4 inches Monday and I have been pretty worried about my new babies so went out to check on them this evening and what did I find?

Teeny Tiny Itty Bitty little iris leaves popping up everywhere. I don't know if I should laugh or cry right now. They are so little when I dug around some of them look like they are coming straight from the old roots. Some of them are coming from tiny pieces of rhizomes that were left behind, but others I swear don't have so much as a nub.

I am going to leave them for now but I will have one heck of a mess later on!
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Aug 1, 2013 7:28 PM CST
That's what you call a "mixed bed"!...Arlyn
Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK (Zone 6b)
I want them all!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Daylilies Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Oklahoma
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enidcandles
Aug 1, 2013 7:37 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Very mixed!
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Aug 1, 2013 9:22 PM CST
Irises do bloom off the increases. I had some dwarfs thrown away in a metal bucket during the winter. Up they came in the spring. We gave them to a friend.
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Aug 2, 2013 6:00 AM CST
In the right conditions ,I don't believe it takes a very big piece to make a "start"....Arlyn
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Aug 2, 2013 8:09 AM CST
Arlyn, how's your experiment going?
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Aug 2, 2013 7:00 PM CST
Slow! I haven't kept this part of the garden watered like I should. The "increase", that had the fan, has just now started to "push-out" the center leaf, and nothing is showing above ground, on any of the pieces. I need to make a point of watering that area a little more often....Arlyn
Name: Geneva Coats
Southern California (Zone 9b)
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GenevaCoats
Aug 3, 2013 8:50 AM CST
Could you have seedlings there? Lovey dubby
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Aug 3, 2013 8:57 AM CST
I see you're new, Geneva, Welcome! And you bring up a good point! If there were seeds there, the "stirring-up" of the soil, and then rain, could have germinated them. Lori may have a future award winner growing in there !....Arlyn
Name: joann
Illinois (Zone 5a)
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wickedelph
Aug 6, 2013 9:52 AM CST
I had something similar happen just outside of my compost bin. I don't typically compost iris foliage because of borers but something must have gotten back there because now I have the healthiest and most robust clump of iris right next to the bin! I just left it as a happy accident and now it has 5 or 6 seed pods on it. I don't recall ever having a seed pod on a bearded iris before. Big Grin
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Aug 6, 2013 3:11 PM CST
Bees like that location.
Name: Christy
Wyoming
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Cupcake
Aug 10, 2013 10:48 PM CST
Wow, Lori! That's pretty awesome, truly! Maybe you will have some really amazing color combinations there!! Or as Geneva and Arlyn pointed out- you could have the most breath-taking new hybrids! That is kind of making me think twice about some of the iris beds I dug this year. I know I have rhizomes sprouting in the new bed out in the garden... kinda wondering if I left anyone behind by the birdbath. Whistling

Christy
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Aug 11, 2013 8:00 AM CST
If you did, they will appear. Irises can have small increases which sometimes get left behind.
Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK (Zone 6b)
I want them all!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Daylilies Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Oklahoma
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enidcandles
Aug 11, 2013 4:18 PM CST
I suppose time will tell. I can't imagine it being bee pod seedlings but anything is possible.

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UndertheSun
Aug 17, 2013 7:07 PM CST
Revenge of the NOIDs...

Sorry, I couldn't resist. Big Grin

Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK (Zone 6b)
I want them all!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Daylilies Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Oklahoma
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enidcandles
Aug 18, 2013 7:36 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rob, that is what I get for trying to get rid of them!

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