Irises forum: new to keeping Iris

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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Jun 10, 2015 8:20 AM CST
HI, I'm new to keeping irises and I may be able to grow some by our fense by the garage, Its right between the fence and concreate, right now its just weeds so i will have to pull them out and put in soil and mulch. is this a bad place for irises?

My boss lynne has some really nice bearded irises, she may devide i'll ask if i get promission not sure the cultivar but they look nice with tan brown and cream flowers.


Anything I need to know about irises. I got a wild iris to bloom at a community garden I go to. its the native flag or wild iris of MN .
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Muddymitts
Jun 10, 2015 9:12 AM CST
Irises like sunshine and dry feet -- so if your space provides this, you should be good. I'd be careful with the mulch -- it can hold moisture, which would make the rhizomes unhappy. So if you decide to use mulch -- be sure to keep it away from your rhizomes.

BTW -- my sister lives in Elk River -- I've been in and through your area many, many times!! Smiling

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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Jun 10, 2015 10:08 AM CST
Okay, my head staff - i live in a group home- says i've got to weed and stuff first before any more new plants.


but will keep you guys posted.
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Henhouse
Jun 10, 2015 10:24 AM CST
Alex, Welcome!
The American Iris Society has a lot of info on their pages about planting and growing Irises. It's a good place to start.
http://www.irises.org/
Once you get that bed weeded and prepared, I think you might be surprised at the generosity of gardeners who want to will help you fill it nodding
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DaveinPA
Jun 10, 2015 11:12 AM CST
Welcome Alex.
Nice project to tackle. Good advice so far. Irises need very little special care and give great blooms as a reward.

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UndertheSun
Jun 10, 2015 11:14 AM CST
Welcome Alex! Welcome!
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irisarian
Jun 10, 2015 11:50 AM CST
welcome Alex. I'm glad that irises have caught you.
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Jun 10, 2015 12:05 PM CST
Hurray! Welcome! Nice to have you here, Alex!!!
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crowrita1
Jun 10, 2015 12:23 PM CST
Welcome! Glad you could join us !!
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Jun 11, 2015 5:21 AM CST
Your welcome. we had a talk, my staff said I need to weed and show more attention to the gardens before i can get more plants from lynne. Lately I've been fishing and showing of my voodoo lily.


Tried to do weeding last night but some stuff came up and I had to stop. I tried to do it this morning but its raining. theres a wasp nest in the back under some bourds so i have to be careful. Oh well might get some stuff at the nurshery and put my tax money away if i have it/ came in yet.
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grannysgarden
Jun 11, 2015 5:25 AM CST
weeding is an ongoing garden chore but the plants love you when it is done and the garden looks so wonderful. I am rotating in my beds right now doing the weeding boogie. Take a photo of the garden area you tend and post on here. we love to see gardening efforts no matter the size.
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Jun 11, 2015 5:39 AM CST
I'll try if possible maybe I'll shoot a video. once its made up. I have a small hand cam.

yesterday at k mart I got a hoe and some gloves- the medical ones the house uses rip I wore those because they are disposiable but they are too thin for that type of work so I got some ultra thick gardening work gloves.

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grannysgarden
Jun 11, 2015 5:44 AM CST
And you will need some small hand tools to get into the small spaces once you get the overall bed weeded.
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Linneaj
Jun 11, 2015 7:28 AM CST
Concrete can have too much lime leaching out of it for Japanese iris. The other kinds should be happy.
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Jun 11, 2015 7:36 AM CST

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Nice to have another member Alex, you will learn alot from this group

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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Jun 11, 2015 7:38 AM CST
Okay I'll ask Lynne if they are japanease. I know they are bearded, the ones I want. Beards you can do the 4th of july I read in a flower mag/ non-beards you need to wait longer..

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