Irises forum: What is the matter with this iris ?

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jun 3, 2016 1:42 AM CST
I have seen this a couple of times in my garden.
The blooms look stunted.

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Name: Teresa
(Zone 5b)
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TsFlowers
Jun 3, 2016 6:28 AM CST
Do you ever use roundup in the vacinity? I use roundup at the edges of my garden sometimes, and I've seen blooms similar. A small amount of roundup splatter doesn't kill the Iris, but does deform the blooms. The next year, without any further touches of roundup, they return to normal bloom.
. . . it's always better to ask questions, than jump to conclusions.
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Jun 3, 2016 6:36 AM CST
I agree It does look like chemical damage.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jun 3, 2016 7:07 AM CST
OHHHHH I expect that has something to do with it.
My daughter has put her foot down and I am no longer to be seen with the RU sprayer.
The garden doesnt matter to her but I dribble on the lawn.
Thanks for the info ,this will help two iris lovers.
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Jun 3, 2016 5:38 PM CST
With Round Up.....or even the 2,4 D type weed killers, you don't actually have to "hit" the plant with the spray , or even have " drift" carry the chemical to the plant.....if it's warm (I *think* the temp is 80 degrees for the 2,4,D, and slightly less for the 'round up" type veg killers) the "vapors" from the chemical is enough to affect the plant ! So, just using it in the *area*, can be enough to cause issues
Name: Cleta
Idaho Falls Idaho (Zone 4a)
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cbelt1
Jun 3, 2016 10:38 PM CST
I had some stunted blooms this year and my hubby swore he had not used any weed killer anywhere near my iris. Then I heard we had had a bad frost during a week we were gone when the iris were in bud. Subsequent buds on the stalk opened and were just fine, but the dried out buds either never bloomed or were deformed.
Cleta
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Jun 4, 2016 5:25 AM CST
Arlyn, thanks for the tip.
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Jun 4, 2016 5:32 AM CST
I have had some deformed iris bloom on Black is Black. The flowers had standards but no falls, and I did use roundup near it, so that could be it I guess.
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Jun 4, 2016 7:05 AM CST
Another thing we need to consider, about "odd blooms", is , IMHO, that "first of the season", and "last of the season" blooms are very often "misshapen". It can be weather.....the start, may be "too cold", and the "end", "too hot "(or dry) , but I've noticed it, quite often, on many different cultivars Shrug!

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