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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
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Calif_Sue
Feb 5, 2015 2:22 PM CST

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Thanks for adding this clump for an arilbred Donald! I had figured that they generally had lower bloom counts per stem than bearded (not sure if that's actually the case) as I had only been seeing single bloom shots so this is impressive to see. Thumbs up
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Feb 5, 2015 2:49 PM CST
Sue, lower bud counts are the norm for arilbreds. CAIRO LOVE SONG is no exception. Arilbreds, more often than not, compensate by having many stalks in a clump bloom and that what you are seeing in this photo. They also tend to replenish the fans readily, so it does not impact bloom the following year. It's just a matter of having a healthy growing environment for them. This photo was taken in 2005. Here's the same clump again in 2008.
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
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Calif_Sue
Feb 5, 2015 5:45 PM CST

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Thanks for that info, I am brand new to arilbreds, testing the waters with a pending order through Superstition so I hope to get them looking as fine as that clump eventually!
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Feb 5, 2015 6:40 PM CST
You will be starting with rhizomes grown as well as a rhizome can be grown if your stock is from Superstition. I expect you won't have any problems getting a clump. Arilbreds can do that in a hurry.
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Region: California Plant Database Moderator Roses Irises Clematis Garden Photography
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Calif_Sue
Feb 5, 2015 7:29 PM CST

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I plan on visiting them this spring during bloom time, it will be nice to see their blooms in person!
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Feb 6, 2015 10:08 AM CST
That is a gorgeous iris, Donald. I am going to add a few AB's to my garden this year too. I only have one currently and it blooms every year.
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