Irises forum: Growing spuria irises in New England

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Name: Tienito
Rhode Island (Zone 6b)
May 25, 2016 6:48 PM CST
Has anyone tried growing spuria irises in New England? What was or has been your experience?
Name: Mary Ann
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May 25, 2016 8:25 PM CST
Hi Tienito!! Welcome to our Iris forums. I can't answer your question because I don't live in New England and I've not grown spurias. But I wanted to Welcome! you!!
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
May 25, 2016 8:52 PM CST
Welcome! ! I think you will find that spuria will grow almost everywhere.......very similar to the "beardless", for just need to keep them damp until they get rooted in.

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May 26, 2016 12:03 AM CST
Welcome! Tienito Hurray!
Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 6b)
genealogist specializing in French
Irises Region: Utah Hostas Bulbs
May 26, 2016 4:25 PM CST
Welcome! Tienito

This is a quote from the World of Irises blog from 2011.

The basic culture for spurias is dry ground or no wet feet except in rainy periods. Spurias will grow just about everywhere in the US. They will grow from the deep south to the farther reaches of Canada. They also will certainly grow on the west coast and east coast. In the cooler climates they will bloom after the tall bearded irises. In the warmer states like southern Texas, Arizona, and California they will often bloom with the tall bearded irises.

It has been years since I had any spurias but they are great in arrangements. I did a table setting once with Archie Owen (bright yellow) and a black set of dishes. When I get my yard more in order I am going to try some again under my eaves where I can control the water.
Name: Tienito
Rhode Island (Zone 6b)
May 26, 2016 8:39 PM CST
Thank you. You are all very nice and helpful. Since picking up a stray clump of irises earlier this spring, I've caught something of an iris fever, and have been reading about the different species and their requirements. While I love the spuriae for their colors, the books do make them seem rather demanding. Anyway, I'm glad to hear that they can indeed be grown in the Northeast!

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