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Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
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Lalambchop1
Nov 23, 2015 11:37 AM CST
Hi,
I'm new to iris. A couple of weeks ago I dug the iris on my property planted by the previous owners. Just after digging I got sick and haven't been able to do anything with them since. It's getting cold now. I'm in zone 7b. Would it be better to plant the iris, I have :TB and Siberian, or to store them in my cool basement for the winter?

Thanks!
Leslie

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Name: John
Kansas City,MO (Zone 6a)
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yadah_tyger
Nov 23, 2015 11:54 AM CST
Welcome. Gabriel is the expert here on potting plants over the winter. I'm trying it for the first time this year. The main question, I think, is when does the ground freeze in your area?

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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Nov 23, 2015 12:47 PM CST
Leslie, the Siberians prefer not to dry out, so those should definitely be planted soon, and should be kept moist till you can plant them.

Not so much hurry on the bearded ones, but I don't think storing them inside is a good idea. It seems most regions where TBs grow receive moisture during winter, although many of those areas have dry summers. Being as summer is when they are divided and sold, I believe they tolerate dry summers better than dry storage in winter. Perhaps you could pot them as John mentioned above, and store the pots outside in a protected area (next to the house, covered in straw or leaves).
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
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Lalambchop1
Nov 23, 2015 10:14 PM CST
Thanks for your help. I dug the last of the Siberians today and have them soaking in water with Super Thrive. I'll plant those tomorrow.

We dedided to rent a tiller to break my hard clay beds. I'll put the TBs in those.
Leslie

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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Nov 24, 2015 3:47 AM CST
Leslie, Good to see you on the iris forum. The other Leslie @Lestv is from North Carolina. She would be a good source of info for you on this matter since she's just North of you. Smiling
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Nov 24, 2015 8:30 AM CST
Leslie - If you are putting them in clay beds, make sure you amend the soil or you may have problems with frost heave this winter. The clay gets so hard when it it dry and cold out. I have lots of clay too, so all my beds are raised beds, and I have garden mix soil delivered. Depending on the number of TB's you have to plant, it may be easier for you to pot them up in large pots for the winter. That would give you more time to get the beds ready, and then you can pop them from the pots to the beds in the spring.

Fortunately we are going to get warmer again in NC and SC, so you can make sure your newly planted Sibs get good watering before it gets really cold. Keeping their soil moist is key for getting them established. Also, unlike the TB's, it is a good idea to put an inch or two of mulch over the Sibs to keep them moist. I don't mulch my TB's because we usually have damp winters and all the moisture held in by the mulch can cause the TB rhizomes to rot.
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Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
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Lalambchop1
Nov 24, 2015 1:31 PM CST
Thank you for your suggestions.

I've just come in from planting all the iris. What a relief to have them finished for now.

The place where the sibs went is a built up hill and it's sandy so I planted them where I want them to stay. For the TB I put them in a free spot in my raised daylily beds and will leave them there until next summer. They're close together but since they won't be there long I think they'll be OK. In the mean time, I'm researching tillers and plan to get one and till up the clay bed before putting the TB in it. That bed is next to a section of the yard that has lots of trees and lots of leaf fall. I'll be tilling in a bunch of leaves and their wonderful leaf mold to amend the bed.
Leslie

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UndertheSun
Nov 24, 2015 1:42 PM CST
I would recommend a rear tine tiller for hard clay. You will be beaten up and bounced around with a front tine tiller. I have nasty clay here and I use a front tine tiller. (When it breaks, I'm getting a rear tiller.) I amend my soil in the field with wood chips, fallen leaves and garden debris. Then I cover it with new wood chips.
Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
"As for me and my house, we will se
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Keeps Sheep Daylilies Irises Hostas Hybridizer
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Lalambchop1
Nov 24, 2015 1:43 PM CST
That's what I'd decided too Rob. Rear tine and opposing directions seems to be the thing for clay.
Leslie

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Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
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Cuzz4short
Nov 24, 2015 4:54 PM CST
[quote="yadah_tyger"]Welcome. Gabriel is the expert here on potting plants over the winter.

I guess that makes me a pot head Green Grin!

Pot those tb's. Especially in SC. Just be careful of extreme colds like this past weekend. I just potted my last bunch today. And another batch last week, which have already taken new root. Playground sand, peat, topsoil, perelite and some natural soul from your yard as long as it ain't clay. I've had great drainage, it's also cheaper than buying the expensive potting soils, but I do have a gazillion pots.

I'm not a pro and still have to survive the winter, but I'm in the next zone across the border, so the weather should fair in your favor better than mines.

Good luck and welcome to the community Group hug


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Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
"As for me and my house, we will se
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Keeps Sheep Daylilies Irises Hostas Hybridizer
Cat Lover Hummingbirder Birds Region: South Carolina Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Level 2
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Lalambchop1
Nov 26, 2015 3:46 PM CST
Thank you! Thumbs up
Leslie

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Dec 2, 2015 8:28 AM CST
Potting the bearded irises will be the best route. This way you can create new beds where and when you have time and the irises will not care. As Neal said, the Siberian's should be put back in the ground immediately. I typically over Winter 400+ pots every year without issue.

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