Irises forum: Japanese Iris

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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
May 14, 2016 4:58 AM CST
Anyone have any blooms yet in the southern states?

If you grow these, do you have them in a damp place? I only have a noid and Lion King but I would love to add more. I have been looking at the Payne awards and trying to learn more about them.
Any info would be greatly appreciated. I am also interested in trading for a few. Thanks

Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
May 14, 2016 5:42 AM CST
Like Siberians they like acid soil. Look into Mir acid if you can find it. We don't grow JI.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
May 14, 2016 3:55 PM CST
Not in bloom yet. Yes, I water them more frequently, have them in a separate garden from the bearded, and since they are heavy feeders I fertilize them more often too. And Lucy is correct - they love acid soil. My only problem is I don't think they get enough sun. Need to do some tree trimming.

I have some more on order too that I am going to grow in pots, much like they are commonly grown in Japan. I want to see if I get better output in the pots.
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Name: Jen Jax
Northern Kentucky (Zone 6a)
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Boxergirl
May 14, 2016 6:23 PM CST
Leslie, I just moved my Japanese Iris into some really cool painted porcelain pots I found. They are doing fantastic in the pots! I blocked the bottom with plastic so they would actually hold the water longer. I water them every 2 weeks with a miracle grow for acid lovers and I potted them in a topsoil, sand , & pine fines blend. I just put my pots in the garden with everything to add color.

Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
May 14, 2016 8:42 PM CST
Thanks Jen! Good info. Thumbs up
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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
May 14, 2016 9:41 PM CST
Leslie, did you order from Ensata? I have been drooling over their website but have yet to send an order.

On good thing about pots is the ability to move them around. I love having plants close by on the porch or near by garden bench. I bet they are pretty, Jen.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
May 15, 2016 12:59 PM CST
Ensata has gorgeous JI's. I ordered my first ones from Mt. Pleasant Iris Farm, as Chad Harris is the hybridizer behind a bunch that I really like. I am getting a mixed bunch from Aitken's this year for my "grow in pot" experiment. It was a cheaper way to get 6 different iris, and they only have one that I already grow. I would be happy with any other 6 they carry (especially since many of theirs are Chad's too).
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South Central Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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Cynthia59P
May 15, 2016 8:16 PM CST
Teresa,
Lion King is gorgeous! It also made me realize that Japanese Iris can take different forms. It's kind of like when I discovered there were other colors of daylilies besides roadside orange. ;)

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