Irises forum: Iris Bloom Out

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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Sep 8, 2011 9:38 AM CST
Some people have been asking about what this is. I'm hoping someone can come along with a better description of it than I can.

Dee?

And I know Dee suggested to put some dirt on top of the irises you suspect bloomed out, to try to make them increase.
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Name: Betty
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Betja
Sep 8, 2011 10:15 AM CST
The two irises that bloomed out on me that I vividly remember were NICHE and SECRET RECIPE. And it's so sad because you get such a beautiful bloom cycle just before, and I guess that just exhausts the plant. But I remember that a few years ago a friend dug up and gave me her HELLO DARKNESS because she wanted to dispose of it, and I divided the clump and gave rhizomes to a few people, and a few of them had absolutely no increase but had the remnants of a stalk, but I gave them away anyway -- and later they developed increase and carried on! So I recommend that if you really, really want the rhizome that has bloomed out, give it several months to a year to see if it will increase later on. I have to get rid of (give away) many plants each year to make room for all the new ones I've ordered, so I usually just dispose of any that have bloomed out now.
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Sep 8, 2011 11:33 AM CST
Irises bloom on the increases. Old rhizome will make new increases, but not rebloom. Therefore 'bloomout' occurs when no new increases are made.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Sep 10, 2011 10:26 AM CST
I had two really, really teeny tiny rhizomes that much to my great surprise bloomed. But they had had no increases so I figgured they were gonners. I know I posted about it and was advosed to leave then and not pull and toss them. I had figgured they were done for. But much to my surprise DESIUGNER LABEL did put out a new increase not long after blooming. Now I see that the other DOUBLE DOWN also has two tiny increases growing and I thought that one was a gonner for sure.
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Sep 10, 2011 10:43 AM CST
They can really surprise you!
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Sep 10, 2011 10:46 AM CST
That DID really surprise me. I really was ready to toss them.

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