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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Jun 24, 2012 8:44 AM CST
Are these Siberian or Japanese??
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Name: Evan
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eclayne
Jun 24, 2012 9:16 AM CST

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Thanks Susan. It's a Japanese. A pleasant surprise since it rained most every day during bloom last year.
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Jun 24, 2012 10:38 AM CST
Does it need a lot of water? I hear they are heavy feeders, what do you use for fertilizer?
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Name: Evan
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Jun 24, 2012 11:38 AM CST

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I'm not sure what I do is a good guide as I've only been growing for a few years. Per Polly's recommendation I fertilized in September when they're setting flower buds. I used a balanced time release, heavily. In early spring I pulled mulch back and applied composted cow manure, heavily, then re-covered w/mulch. Balanced fertilizer, per recommendations, early June. Being in New England I have acid soil and our Spring was fairly wet so supplemental watering was minimal, but more than 1" per week.

Edit: Check out "CULTURE FOR JAPANESE, BOG, WATER AND SPECIES BEARDLESS IRISES"
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Name: Evan
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Jun 24, 2012 11:43 AM CST

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As you're in z8 this is good thread where Polly and Charleen are testing JI bloom in warmer areas:
The thread "Japanese Iris" in Irises forum
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