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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Sep 27, 2014 2:13 PM CST
I am new at taking care of iris. Do they need mulching in my zone 5b/6a garden??
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Sep 27, 2014 2:19 PM CST
NO ! Bearded iris DON'T like mulch ! The only possible exception would be a very late-planted rhizome , and then the mulch should go on as late in the year as possible (just as the ground freezes) and come off in early spring (before new growth starts).
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Sep 27, 2014 3:07 PM CST
That's what I was told but I wanted to make sure. I would like to put down some redwood ornamental mulch so if I do that, I must make sure I don't get any too close to the rhizomes then. Thanks so much!!!
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Sep 27, 2014 3:23 PM CST
You have had good advice.
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Sep 27, 2014 4:13 PM CST
Thanks Lucy Smiling I know I have. Thumbs up
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Sep 27, 2014 4:30 PM CST
Hi, Cindy! I am happy to see you in Iris Land, too. Smiling
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Sep 27, 2014 4:32 PM CST
Thanks Debra. Gee, I won't see any bloom on my new irises till next spring and I am already thinking of what new ones I can order next year. Is this an addiction or what Hilarious!
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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Sep 27, 2014 4:34 PM CST
Addiction??????who is addicted??????no one here!!!!!!
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Sep 27, 2014 4:42 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Sep 27, 2014 8:26 PM CST
Ruh-roh -- she said the "A" word. Is word getting out???????? Blinking
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Sep 27, 2014 10:19 PM CST
Addiction, Enabling, Irisaholic, Out of control, United in love for iris. Yeah, I think we have all the vowels covered in this group.
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Sep 28, 2014 3:29 AM CST
We can all stop any tme we want, right! We just don't want to! Whistling
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Sep 28, 2014 6:51 AM CST
We're really not *A word* -- we're doing our part in world beautification. Irises are GOOD for us! They get us out in the garden, in the fresh air doing physical work that keeps us fit and in harmony with nature. We're also doing our part for the economy by keeping money changing hands! They also provide social interaction with other A........uh.......Appreciaters!! And Tom's right -- we can stop ANY time we want to...................... Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Ken
Traverse City, Michigan (Zone 5a)
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bramedog
Sep 28, 2014 7:04 AM CST
Yep...we can put that rhizome down at any time....right into the ground.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Sep 28, 2014 8:24 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Sep 28, 2014 8:36 AM CST
yes, we can bury our rhizomes and never touch them all winter long!
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Sep 28, 2014 9:38 AM CST
& be surprised at green shoots in the spring. 'Heavens, must take care of those'.
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Sep 28, 2014 9:49 AM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
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Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
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Linneaj
Sep 28, 2014 8:26 PM CST
I think iris are pretty spiffy. The rhizomes often sit half exposed on the frozen ground and they just keep coming back and multiplying. Hurray!
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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Sep 29, 2014 2:14 PM CST
Hey, Cindy
It is good to see you over here on the Iris forum. I was told when I first started growing iris that they like their backs to bask in the sun lol. I never forgot that. Sometimes when I plant new ones I cover them lightly until they get their root system going.

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