Irises forum→Newbie question about increase and over-blooming.

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Name: Cindy Vasko
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cinvasko
Apr 29, 2020 12:09 PM CST
I read about something I think was called blooming out - where an iris essentially blooms itself to death . I've never heard of this until this year and I just wanted to check and see if you think my iris is ok? I bought this (Day On The Bay) last fall as a single rhizome, but I will say some of the rhizomes I received had lots of side shoots already started - this might be one of them. So this is the increase and it has 4 or 5 bloom stalks on it. Should I cut any off or do you think there is enough growth so it doesn't exhaust itself? It's the only one I have that's sent up more than on stalk so far. Thanks!
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 29, 2020 12:14 PM CST
Cindy ~ I would wait until after it blooms to do any dividing.
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Name: Cindy Vasko
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cinvasko
Apr 29, 2020 12:18 PM CST
evelyninthegarden said:Cindy ~ I would wait until after it blooms to do any dividing.


I'm sorry - I need more coffee! lol I didn't mean dividing it, I was wondering if I should cut any of the bloom stalks off. I didn't know if the young plant was established enough to support all of them without becoming exhausted and possibly dying off.
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 29, 2020 12:32 PM CST
Cindy ~ Sorry, I do not know the answer. Maybe some other member may have some advice regarding this query.
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Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Apr 29, 2020 12:49 PM CST
From what I can see in your picture, there seems to be fans with no bloom stalks, which means the iris is unlikely to bloom out. Just give it a little extra water (if needed) and some fertilizer once it is done blooming. It should be OK.
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Apr 29, 2020 1:45 PM CST

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Bloomout occurs when every fan in a clump produces a bloom stalk. Once a fan has produced a bloom stalk, it's done, So, if every fan produces a bloom stalk, the clump dies. This year's non-blooming fans carry on the clump and, if they grow well enough to reach maturity, produce next year's bloom stalks.

It looks like you have plenty of non-blooming fans in that clump. Nothing to worry about.
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 29, 2020 1:46 PM CST
Lilli and Kent ~ Thank You!
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cinvasko
Apr 29, 2020 2:09 PM CST
Thank you! I've learned something new which is always a great thing Thank You!
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Australis
Apr 29, 2020 7:01 PM CST

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Last year I had one clump ('Whisper Her Name') produce bloom stalks on every fan. Thankfully it produced increases afterwards and whilst I doubt it'll flower again this spring, it has survived. So even if every fan does flower, don't give up on it immediately.
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crowrita1
Apr 30, 2020 6:40 AM CST
I might add that even if all the rhizomes produce a stalk......don't be in a hurry to discard the plant, as the rhizome may still produce an increase ! I never "trash" a "bloom out", until the plant is "dead".
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IrisLilli
Apr 30, 2020 8:27 AM CST
I agree Where there's life there's hope! ...and not just with irises! Thumbs up
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 30, 2020 10:48 AM CST
IrisLilli said: I agree Where there's life there's hope! ...and not just with irises! Thumbs up


Lilli ~ I agree

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