Irises forum: Iris germanica

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Name: Lee-Roy
Bilzen, Belgium (Zone 8a)
Irises Lilies Hostas Ferns Composter Region: Belgium
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Arico
Apr 16, 2015 4:33 AM CST
Hi everyone.

I ordered some Iris germanica 'White knight' online and a few days ago they arrived.

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As you can see they're quite small and what I'd like to know is if I plant them in full ground, will they bloom for me this year already?

Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Apr 16, 2015 5:12 AM CST
Welcome! Arico! They look pretty nicely developed, and there's a chance they could bloom this year. Do you know what your growing zone is? That might make a difference. But if they don't bloom this year, they should next for sure. You might try not to disturb the roots too much when you plant them, and give them some good composted soil to grow in. Good luck, and let us know what happens! Smiling
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South central PA (Zone 6a)
Irises Region: Pennsylvania
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DaveinPA
Apr 16, 2015 5:27 AM CST
Welcome Arico,
I will agree with Tom. Disturb roots as little as possible when planting, use good soil and you have a good chance of blossoms this year. There are apparently two "White Knight" irises, one with very ruffled falls/standards and the other with almost no ruffles. I believe the smoother one may by Saunders, 1916.
Keep us posted with pictures during the season.
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Apr 16, 2015 7:55 AM CST
Welcome! ......I would say, chances are they won't bloom this year. I have had about a 25% rate with 'spring planted" iris, but, there is a chance! I agree with the advice given above, as to culture, and care, and hope you have a "pleasant surprise' ahead of you !
Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
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Moiris
Apr 16, 2015 10:07 AM CST
Welcome! Welcome Arico! You've gotten good advice from the 3 members above. Good luck! I hope they bloom for you this year! nodding
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Apr 16, 2015 11:00 AM CST
Those are some nice looking plants. I'm going to echo what everyone else has said. Good luck and post what happens, please.

Welcome!
Name: Lee-Roy
Bilzen, Belgium (Zone 8a)
Irises Lilies Hostas Ferns Composter Region: Belgium
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Arico
Apr 16, 2015 12:03 PM CST
I hope to get them into the ground as soon as possible, I have an ideal hotspot where I'm sure they'll thrive (if I can amend the soil well enough haha)
Name: Lee-Roy
Bilzen, Belgium (Zone 8a)
Irises Lilies Hostas Ferns Composter Region: Belgium
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Arico
Apr 20, 2015 12:15 PM CST
Update: today I decided to plant them amongst my Pennisetum. I couldn't take it anymore seeing them in those small pots and I also didn't know where else to put them (risk of buying stuff you don't have/know where to put them)


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Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
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Moiris
Apr 20, 2015 12:20 PM CST
They look good Arico! I think they will look nice together!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Apr 20, 2015 12:21 PM CST
I agree with Marilyn and I envy you that planter. Smiling
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Lee-Roy
Bilzen, Belgium (Zone 8a)
Irises Lilies Hostas Ferns Composter Region: Belgium
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Arico
Apr 20, 2015 12:26 PM CST
Thanks guys! Smiling I'm sure they will; the long sword-like leaves of the iris will contrast beautifully with the more needle like leaves of the grass. Now hope I put enough compost in the planting hole for drainage. I know they don't like wet feet =$
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Apr 20, 2015 12:27 PM CST
My goodness, that looks great!
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Apr 20, 2015 12:34 PM CST
Thumbs up
Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
Apr 20, 2015 2:33 PM CST
Nice job!! Green Grin!
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South central PA (Zone 6a)
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DaveinPA
Apr 20, 2015 7:59 PM CST
Looking great! It is amazing where irises are capable of growing and surviving.
Name: Lee-Roy
Bilzen, Belgium (Zone 8a)
Irises Lilies Hostas Ferns Composter Region: Belgium
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Arico
May 4, 2015 9:09 AM CST
An update. Here's the first picture again right after planting, and beneath that a picture taken today; a good two weeks later. They've really grown if you compare them and I'm SO happy because of it Sticking tongue out Some of the leaves have doubled in size!

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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Pour vivre parmi les fleurs
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hummingbirder Plant Identifier
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Zencat
May 4, 2015 9:14 AM CST
Those are off to a great start! Hurray!
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
May 4, 2015 9:25 AM CST
They're coming right along nicely!
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: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
May 4, 2015 9:42 AM CST
Thumbs up Thumbs up
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
May 4, 2015 9:44 AM CST
Hurray!

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