Irises forum: How many rhizomes?

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Name: Tienito
Rhode Island (Zone 6b)
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Tienito
Jun 18, 2016 10:14 PM CST
Hi all. I'm shopping for Siberian irises now, from Wildwood Gardens, which seems to have really good prices for these. My question is this: How many rhizomes of each should I buy? I assume that each plant is a single rhizome, and am just wondering if a single rhizome would be enough, or if I should get 2 or 3. What do you think? Thank you in advance for helping this iris neophyte!
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jun 19, 2016 4:27 AM CST
Welcome! Tienito! I'm not an expert on Sibs, but I do have a few. The ones I have seem to grow pretty fast and you have a clump before you know it. I guess you have to decide, do you want a lot of a few kinds, or a few of a lot of kinds. Smiling Good luck!
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DaveinPA
Jun 19, 2016 7:20 AM CST
If you want an immediate clump look buy around 3, but if you can wait for the clump look and want to have more variety buy 1 of each and space appropriately.
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Jun 19, 2016 10:24 AM CST
Yeah, it's pretty much personal choice, I'd say....personally, I've never "bought" more than one , of any type iris....I feel I have more time, than money Shrug! . That said, the few SIBs that I have purchased, actually came as a small "clump"of two -four rhizomes.

caitlinsgarden
Jun 19, 2016 2:14 PM CST
I purchased some bare root rhizomes from a rather stingy merchant, and they took forever to grow and multiply, maybe because I kept "losing" them. I recommend Ensata Gardens for a more generous portion.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jun 19, 2016 3:54 PM CST
Also recommend Joe Pye Weeds garden. jpwflowers.com
Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Jun 20, 2016 7:17 AM CST
crowrita1 said:Yeah, it's pretty much personal choice, I'd say....personally, I've never "bought" more than one , of any type iris....I feel I have more time, than money Shrug! . That said, the few SIBs that I have purchased, actually came as a small "clump"of two -four rhizomes.


When I bought Siberian iris via mail order, I got a small clump, too. Maybe you could ask whether or not you get more than one rhizome with the Siberians.

Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
Jun 20, 2016 8:58 PM CST
Val -- I''m sorry if this is rude -- but what is your avatar? I've looked at it, and I've enlarged it -- and I still can't tell what it is. ??? Shrug!
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jun 21, 2016 3:51 AM CST
Looks like two black dogs on a bed to me Smiling !
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Jun 21, 2016 5:22 AM CST
Yeah, puppies, really.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
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grannysgarden
Jun 21, 2016 6:04 AM CST
cute little black fluffies. wonder how she got them to stay still for a photo. lol
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Jun 21, 2016 9:37 AM CST
Omigosh -- I never saw the dogs! I was focusing on the mottled white thing inbetween them and wondered "what the heck is THAT????????????"

Sometimes I understand why police cannot rely on eye-witnesses!! Rolling on the floor laughing

Cute puppies!!! Big Grin
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Name: Sherry Austin
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Henhouse
Jun 21, 2016 10:03 AM CST
Mary Ann, I didn't see them at first either.. I think they're Schipperkes.. Small Spitz-type dogs. If Dave weren't allergic, it would be a breed I'd consider. They're really cute, and look even better in pairs Thumbs up
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