Irises forum: Batik

Views: 379, Replies: 15 » Jump to the end
Name: Maryl
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
Cat Lover Roses Daylilies Container Gardener Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Cactus and Succulents
Region: Oklahoma Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Image
Maryl
May 20, 2016 1:28 AM CST
I am an amateur when it comes to growing Iris. But I'd like to try one bearded Iris. Years ago I saw Batik in bloom and have never forgotten it. Can you tell me what to look for in an Iris and how Batik stacks up?.......Maryl
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: United Kingdom Region: Northeast US Irises
Region: United States of America
Image
irisarian
May 20, 2016 7:22 AM CST
Batik pattern is known as a broken color which not 2 flowers alike. One has to like it & it should be a centerpiece of a design. It is short in height--registered as a border iris, no more than 27 inches in height, but may get above the registered height.
Name: Maryl
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
Cat Lover Roses Daylilies Container Gardener Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Cactus and Succulents
Region: Oklahoma Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Image
Maryl
May 20, 2016 1:28 PM CST
Thank You for the reply. The color on Batik just wow'd me. I don't know what makes a good Iris from a not so good Iris (in other words what do the pros look for), but 27 inches with our Oklahoma spring winds sounds practical if nothing else........Maryl
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
Irises Keeps Horses Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: Pennsylvania
Image
Snork
May 20, 2016 4:35 PM CST
A good iris is one that you like! A better iris is one that you like that thrives and blooms regularly.
Batik does both for me!
Name: Maryl
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
Cat Lover Roses Daylilies Container Gardener Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Cactus and Succulents
Region: Oklahoma Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Image
Maryl
May 20, 2016 8:16 PM CST
Thanks Pam for the encouragement. So nice to hear it does well for you. Batik was so different and the color so vibrant that it really got my attention. I will try and find a vendor next spring and give it a whirl. I know I'm probably pushing it, but is it fragrant per chance?......Maryl
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
Muddymitts
May 21, 2016 7:50 AM CST
You would be wise to find a vendor this year, so that you can see it bloom in your garden next spring.............. Whistling
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. ([url=www.tut.com]www.tut.com[/url])
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Pour vivre parmi les fleurs
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hummingbirder Plant Identifier
Image
Zencat
May 21, 2016 8:35 AM CST
I can't smell much of anything in Batik. Shrug! I just enjoy the flowers.
Name: Maryl
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
Cat Lover Roses Daylilies Container Gardener Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Cactus and Succulents
Region: Oklahoma Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Image
Maryl
May 21, 2016 8:08 PM CST
Thanks Celia. Fragrance would be nice, but since the only Iris I grow is I. Pallida Variegata I'm used to little to none. A friend of mine grows an old unnamed Heirloom Iris that smells like grape soda, an Iris fragrance I remember fondly from my youth. Maybe one day I will find a place for one...........Mary Ann: You sure it's not too late to plant a bare root anything? We are coming up on high 90's temps any week now in Oklahoma...........Maryl
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Identifier
Frillylily
May 21, 2016 8:17 PM CST
I used to live in OK for a short time, NOTHING would make me go back Thumbs down
anyway, I grow some of the grape scented iris and it is very hardy and will thrive even in poorer soils and such, you should try it, it will probably do okay for you.
Also you can buy little metal stakes at walmart or lowes that you just push into the soil and tie your iris stalk to, they are inexpensive. I just pull them up at the end of bloom season and store them for the next year.
There was another member on here asking about a variegated iris yesterday I think. maybe she has something you would want from her and could trade?
Instead of the tall bearded iris you may look into intermediate heights-border iris or miniatures. There are really nice iris that don't get super tall like the iris most people think of.

Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
tveguy3
May 22, 2016 3:50 AM CST
Maryl, I think you could plant irises well into October in your area. They do well when transplanted during their summer dormant stage.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Maryl
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
Cat Lover Roses Daylilies Container Gardener Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Cactus and Succulents
Region: Oklahoma Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Image
Maryl
May 22, 2016 12:43 PM CST
Frilly Lilly: LOL on coming back to OK. Was it the tornados, the triple digit summer heat, the winter ice storms or now the earthquakes that got to you? I have a passion for many types of ornamentals so have lots of stakes around. Hopefully Batik will have a stem strong enough that I won't have to stake it. My I. Pallida is self sustaining, so I naively assumed that all Iris were. Apparently not so......Tom: I see that the local Iris society has a sale in September, so that may be a good time to plant in our area.....Does anyone have a reliable source for Batik? I know not to buy from places like Meadow Gardens or Brecks, but if you know of somewhere else, let me know.................Maryl
Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 6b)
genealogist specializing in French
Irises Region: Utah Hostas Bulbs
cbunny41
May 22, 2016 2:33 PM CST
Maryl.

Years ago we had an iris friend from our club move to Oklahoma. She came back for a visit and said she held her rhizomes until September to plant. But I suppose you could pot up the rhizome and hold it in a semi shady area until then to plant out in the sun. Batik isn't very tall; I doubt you'd need to stake it. I can see holding tall bearded iris rhizomes for a month or two but the littler ones might completely dry out.
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Pour vivre parmi les fleurs
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hummingbirder Plant Identifier
Image
Zencat
May 22, 2016 6:27 PM CST
Blue J Iris has it as do a couple of others. Blue J has it for $3.50.
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Identifier
Frillylily
May 23, 2016 10:57 AM CST
Maryl said:Frilly Lilly: LOL on coming back to OK. Was it the tornados, the triple digit summer heat, the winter ice storms or now the earthquakes that got to you? I have a passion for many types of ornamentals so have lots of stakes around. Hopefully Batik will have a stem strong enough that I won't have to stake it. My I. Pallida is self sustaining, so I naively assumed that all Iris were. Apparently not so......Tom: I see that the local Iris society has a sale in September, so that may be a good time to plant in our area.....Does anyone have a reliable source for Batik? I know not to buy from places like Meadow Gardens or Brecks, but if you know of somewhere else, let me know.................Maryl


lack of water, people in the area said drilling a well was russian roulette (not to mention really expensive) and it hardly rained a drop the whole time I lived there. We were in Lawton. I up one day and decided no amount of money was worth living there if I couldn't grow daylilies and so I packed up and said hon, jump in if you're coming w me, cause I leavin'! The job now makes way less money, and we live in an old run down house that needs a lot of work, but my flowers are bloomin' Hilarious!

Name: Maryl
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
Cat Lover Roses Daylilies Container Gardener Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Cactus and Succulents
Region: Oklahoma Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Image
Maryl
May 23, 2016 1:17 PM CST
Frilly: I understand. Oklahoma just came off a livestock killing 4 year drought. I live around Tulsa and while it was pretty bad, not as bad as further west. LOL on picking up and moving in order to have your flowers. Now that's a serious gardener.......Charlotte: Thanks for the information. I think I will go to the Iris sale in September to see if they have Batik. I could kick myself for not buying it already planted in a pot at Ace Hardware when I saw it 2 years ago. I'm used to planting daylilies/roses bare root, but not Iris and they look strange by comparison........Thanks Celia for the source information. The cost of shipping always is the kicker on alot of these mail order plants, but that's a good lead.......Maryl
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
tveguy3
May 23, 2016 1:40 PM CST
When I was younger I used to go to Sperry, OK near Owaso and North of Tulsa every summer to work on a friends ranch. Loved it down there, and would have moved in a moment, but I was a teacher then, and teachers down there earned less then I was satisfied living on, so I stayed up here in the Cold North!
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Irises forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "Dianthus 'Nyewood Cream'"