Irises forum: So I know I should be dividing my iris now.

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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jul 28, 2011 3:36 PM CST
But I haven't even started yet. I Have lots of TB to dig and divide and since I have never done it before, it just seems like it is going to be a big major project. I mean, I do know what I am supposed to do (sort of) as I watched some dividing iris videos. But it still seems like its going to be hard to do. Confused Plus there is no way around it. The ones from two years ago definately have to be done.
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MitchF
Jul 28, 2011 3:53 PM CST
Once you get in a grove out there it is not a big deal... and just think of all the new babies you will have to plant/share/sell/trade!
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Name: Lucy
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irisarian
Jul 28, 2011 6:45 PM CST
Make a list of the plants which need it most or a small area which needs to be done. that will break it up into a managable task. We are digging plants for the club sale on Sat. I went around the garden during bloom season & listed the ones to be done then. Of course I didn't see the time off to get a shoulder X rayed. things can interfere. Sad
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 3, 2011 1:42 PM CST
This is not working very well. I started on the iris dividing and in half an hour managed to do two plants. My back aches and I am exhausted. I honestly don't know how this is ever going to work out. I see now why people plant them way far apart. But of course mine are planted really close together. They have to be done this year or next year they will have run totally together. To am totally discouraged.
Name: Lucy
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irisarian
Aug 3, 2011 2:18 PM CST
Set a goal of 2 or 3 plants per day. If you don't finish, so be it. Got a shot for my shoulder today. Hope it works & it's so nice & cool for a change.
Name: Polly Kinsman
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PollyK
Aug 3, 2011 2:32 PM CST

Gone But Not Forgotten

You don't want to do all of them the same year anyway. Stagger dividing them so the blooms will be fuller on some, each year. It is a job!

Take a chair out. Dig the whole plant up at once, and sit and divide.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 3, 2011 3:00 PM CST
I have to do the ones from three years ago, If I don't then next year I will not be able to tell which is which as they will be totally together. I have all the ones I planted last year which should be for dividing next year if they grow well.

So I can't have the attitude that if I don't get to it no big deal as it would be a very big deal. I was out there struggeling, managed to dig some up and now carried them down near my kitchen door to tie surveyers tape on the extas with the name so I can give them to my friend that wants to plant some iris.

The setting a goal of a certain number of plants is a good idea. Trouble is I haven't even made a dent in my goal for today.

Well, off I go,. Will report back on how I am doing.
Name: Polly Kinsman
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PollyK
Aug 3, 2011 3:22 PM CST

Gone But Not Forgotten

I'd love to see a picture of one of your clumps, if you get the chance. Yes, please, report back.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 3, 2011 5:21 PM CST
I am done for today. It started raining but just sprinkles. Enough to drive me inside.

I do have a before picture of the small section I just worked on but it is still in the camera so will have to wait until I can get it posted.

I worked on seven iris. Two I dug up completely and are outta here and did not get replanted. Some I divided and replanted some of the rhizomes. Then I figgured this digging wasn't working. So on the last batch I didn't dig and lift them. I just took out my big heavy garden slicing knife and hacked off rhizomes from each clump to make it smaller so it didn't spread out so much.

I lift and hack off pieces of daylily clumps so was thinking why shouldn't this work with iris? First I cut back all the leaves of the ones I worked on so I could more easily see what I was doing. Then just hacked off some new rhizome growers that were off to the sides which made the iris clump smaller. Don't know what I think of my results but will look at it again tomorrow.

The two empty spots will get transplants from elsewhere in the garden.

The next section to work on is a section of six so I started by cutting back folliage until the rain sent me inside.

Honestly I do all sorts of garden work, plant daylilies and divide them and even planting new iris that I bought. But nothing like this being really difficult. Daylililies are easy to divide compaired to this iris project. Took some asperin for my aches and will go at it tomorrow again.
Name: Betty
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Betja
Aug 3, 2011 6:21 PM CST
Rita, I know some people have recommended just working on about half of a clump and keeping the rest intact so insure better bloom the next season. I've tried that -- and I like it!

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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 3, 2011 7:09 PM CST
So maybe I am on the right track. I really didn't like the digging. But when I move to the ones out front in iris corner I will probably be back to digging weather I want to or not as space is so tight there. Well, no point in worry about it. I have to finish up iris row in the backyard first and then also do others along the front yard as well as Iris Corner.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 4, 2011 2:39 PM CST
Here is the section worked on in the before picture.
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Name: Betty
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Betja
Aug 4, 2011 3:45 PM CST
Gee, that looks just like my front iris beds -- and I don't plan to touch them until Sept!

Betty
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Aug 4, 2011 3:55 PM CST
It h as to be done sooner in NY. Not worried about dividing them, but survival of replants.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 4, 2011 4:36 PM CST
That's what I was going to say. Betty, you have a much longer growing season that we do here in NY. This is a good time to get them divided. That said, I didn't get to work on it today so am no further along than I was yesterday.
Name: Betty
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Betja
Aug 4, 2011 6:45 PM CST
But there's always tomorrow...
Betty
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Aug 4, 2011 7:00 PM CST
Yes, deffinately need to get back on track and back on this project tomorrow.
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Aug 4, 2011 7:24 PM CST

Gone But Not Forgotten

Yes, they definitely need division. Obviously some well grown irises, Rita!

What will you do with extras? Family, curb sales?
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Aug 4, 2011 7:36 PM CST
I give them to friends or maybe the more proper term for them would be acquentances as I seem to just attract people that are really happy top get my extra iris and daylilies. It has never been a problem. In fact I never have enough for everyone,
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Aug 4, 2011 8:11 PM CST

Gone But Not Forgotten

Good for you! I'm glad to hear you're not just composting them.

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