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Apr 19, 2020 11:15 AM CST
Alberta, Canada
Hello,
I bought 3 rhizomes last year but it was to late to plant them. I stored them with my other bulbs and now am ready to start. I am potting them as I rent. Is that acceptable for them? Also it does look like they became a bit musty between the leaves. No bad spots but I'm wondering about the bleach bath I've heard about. And finally, will they bloom this year? There are no fresh roots and the leaves are dry.. any info is very appreciated!! Thank you.
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Apr 19, 2020 4:56 PM CST
Name: Robin
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Welcome! Rhonda. I've never tried planting rhizomes that far gone. I think someone in this forum will be able to provide some advice.
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Apr 19, 2020 5:08 PM CST
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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You have them so plant them. I will be surprised if they make it . If they do it will be at least 2 years before you will see any bloom Welcome to the iris forum.
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Apr 19, 2020 5:29 PM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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You might soak them over night before potting them, but they look pretty far gone. Give them a try, one never knows.
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Apr 19, 2020 5:40 PM CST
Name: Lee-Roy
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They look severely dehydrated indeed. You'll be lucky if they take, but there's no harm in trying. A pot will do fine for a few years, but make sure the mix is well drained and place them in baking hot sun if they've started growing
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Apr 19, 2020 6:30 PM CST
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I'm afraid they are probably past saving, although the one in the bottom left of the photo might have a chance. 'Mariposa Skies' looks like it's a goner.
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Apr 19, 2020 7:32 PM CST
Alberta, Canada
Thank you all for your input. I thought I may be out of luck.. this one looks like it's trying to grow some roots so I thought maybe... what do you think? Am I crazy? Hahaha.
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Apr 19, 2020 9:24 PM CST
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I can see a few root growths, so that one may yet survive.
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Apr 19, 2020 9:28 PM CST
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
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Most have already spoken. They may not survive, but who knows. Irises are tough little plants, so maybe they could. Good luck with them.

Even if they don't survive, you can always get replacements, because the few you have here I see are very popular plants.
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Apr 19, 2020 10:13 PM CST
Alberta, Canada
Thank you again! I'm going to try. I cant throw them away until I'm sure. I just dont have the heart! I'm so glad you are all doing this. You are awesome Hurray!

Sincerely,
Rhonda
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Apr 20, 2020 2:16 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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welcome to the iris forum. don't bury your rhizomes rhonda, just enough so the tops are showing. but, you probably already knew that?

welcome to the iris forum!
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Apr 20, 2020 7:58 PM CST
Alberta, Canada
Yes. I do alot of reading and research on any new plant or flower I take on. Most of the time I get the info I need but in this case I really wanted to talk to someone. I couldn't find anything on line etc. I'll be asking about my dahlias next lol! Have been doing them for years but am stumped by their behavior. That's why I believe I'm hooked on this site. I can actually talk to people with knowledge! .
Thanks so much!
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Apr 20, 2020 8:07 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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Rhonda ~ Welcome! to the Iris Forum! Hurray!
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Apr 20, 2020 10:26 PM CST
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Welcome! Rhonda Welcome!
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Apr 23, 2020 6:57 AM CST
Name: Lilli
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Welcome! Rhonda! Hurray!
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