Irises forum: Planting question!

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Name: Barbalee
Amarillo, TX (Zone 7a)
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Barbalee
Jul 24, 2016 7:34 PM CST
The rhizome below is the kind of rhizome I'm confused about as an iris newbie (this image is from Misawa77). I recognize there are come increases attached, but beyond that, if you plant it with roots down and the rhizome half out of the soil, the foliage will be laying on the side. If you planted the increases separately and theen planted the rhizome half out of the soil with the foilage facing upward, there would be no roots in the soil. How on earth would this rhizome be planted...foilage up or roots down???

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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jul 24, 2016 7:38 PM CST
plant it at an angle with the roots in the soil. Don't worry about the older leaves.
Name: Barbalee
Amarillo, TX (Zone 7a)
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Barbalee
Jul 24, 2016 7:46 PM CST
Thank you, Lucy! I was totally unsure! Thank You!
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Jul 25, 2016 7:20 AM CST
Here it is after I planted it. This was taken at about 4:30AM. It looks "FAB" don't you think????


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Name: Barbalee
Amarillo, TX (Zone 7a)
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Barbalee
Jul 25, 2016 8:35 AM CST
Thank you, Greg! I have a couple like that planted that way and I wasn't at all sure that I didn't blow it. I'm glad to see it! But what on earth are you doing outside planting at 4:30 am? It's not even sunrise!!
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
Jul 25, 2016 8:50 AM CST
Not planting at 4:30 AM; just leaving for work. My alarm goes off at 3:51AM and I am out the door anywhere from 4:15 to 4:40 depending on how slow I am.

The "lobster" was planted yesterday morning at about 11AM. Just fulfilling the wish to see it planted. Smiling
Name: Barbalee
Amarillo, TX (Zone 7a)
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Barbalee
Jul 25, 2016 10:03 AM CST
Really, really glad you weren't so bitten by the virus that you were planting in the dark!! I appreciate fulfillment of the wish to see it planted. I sure wasn't sure!
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Polymerous
Jul 26, 2016 10:40 PM CST
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jul 27, 2016 9:55 AM CST
If I had a spotlight on the back of my house I would consider planting in the dark this year. It's the only time it isn't 95 degrees or higher. May not like the company of the nocturnal "friends" though.
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Name: Barbalee
Amarillo, TX (Zone 7a)
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Barbalee
Jul 27, 2016 6:12 PM CST
Lestv said:If I had a spotlight on the back of my house I would consider planting in the dark this year. It's the only time it isn't 95 degrees or higher. May not like the company of the nocturnal "friends" though.


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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Jul 27, 2016 6:32 PM CST
Lestv said:If I had a spotlight on the back of my house I would consider planting in the dark this year. It's the only time it isn't 95 degrees or higher. May not like the company of the nocturnal "friends" though.


Did you say you had an outdoor shower ??
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jul 28, 2016 9:00 PM CST
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Well that would clear out the neighborhood!
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