Irises forum→Do you know what causes this?

Views: 270, Replies: 10 » Jump to the end
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
Daylilies Spiders! Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing Hybridizer Peonies
Garden Procrastinator Container Gardener Composter Organic Gardener Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
Image
bxncbx
May 12, 2020 5:57 PM CST
I have an iris that's about to bloom. It's planted in a bad spot (not enough room) because it was a single fan that didn't increase until this year. One flower stalk rotted. There are two more. One will definitely bloom but the flower stalk has cracks in it. What causes this? Is there any way to prevent it? As soon as it is done blooming I will dig it up and replant it someplace more suitable. Here are some pictures.

Thumb of 2020-05-12/bxncbx/9d7213
Thumb of 2020-05-12/bxncbx/afb7f4

Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
Image
DaisyDo
May 12, 2020 6:10 PM CST
Something knocked it? Children? Pets?
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator Plant Identifier Region: Nebraska Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Irises Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
KentPfeiffer
May 12, 2020 7:11 PM CST

Moderator

Looks like weather damage. Have you experienced any nights with freezing or near-freezing temperatures recently?
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
Daylilies Spiders! Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing Hybridizer Peonies
Garden Procrastinator Container Gardener Composter Organic Gardener Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
Image
bxncbx
May 12, 2020 8:24 PM CST
I know I've bumped into the leaves by accident but I didn't think I'd hit the flower stalk. I can be clumsy *Blush* .

Yes, we have had temps dip way down recently but I don't know how low. Definitely in the mid-30s. Maybe lower.

Is there anything I should do? It looks like it will bloom very soon.
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
Image
DaisyDo
May 12, 2020 8:51 PM CST
I had one break like that last week. Noticed it after I had been weeding around it awhile. I just figured I had inadvertently knocked it, because it had been okay the day before. The stems can be brittle.
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
Image
UndertheSun
May 12, 2020 9:17 PM CST
I was recently informed that my cracked stalks were caused from periods of dry weather, followed by some rain.
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
Daylilies Spiders! Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing Hybridizer Peonies
Garden Procrastinator Container Gardener Composter Organic Gardener Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
Image
bxncbx
May 12, 2020 9:18 PM CST
I had no idea. They seem so sturdy!

I was wondering if it had something to do with too much rain. In daylilies the scape can literally explode if there is too much rain. We had been lacking in rain earlier in the year but it's been very rainy the last month or so.

From now on I'll be much more careful around my iris. I'm definitely moving it further away from the patio.
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
Image
iciris
May 12, 2020 10:36 PM CST
UndertheSun said:I was recently informed that my cracked stalks were caused from periods of dry weather, followed by some rain.


Thank you Rob. I had a few stalks do this after we had a long dry spell and then rain. I was thinking it was from a critter. Now I know.

• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
Bulbs Foliage Fan Photo Contest Winner: 2015
Image
Henhouse
May 13, 2020 9:18 AM CST
I'd put a stake on that cracked stalk. I had (at least) one like that this year that was it's first, and only stalk that toppled to the ground before I could see the bloom.. Cursing myself for not seeing it and staking it D'Oh! Crying
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
Image
DaisyDo
May 13, 2020 10:10 AM CST
Well, mine did happen right after a rain. That's interesting.
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
Daylilies Spiders! Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing Hybridizer Peonies
Garden Procrastinator Container Gardener Composter Organic Gardener Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
Image
bxncbx
May 13, 2020 10:32 AM CST
I'll definitely stake it today just to be safe! This is the first time it's going to bloom for me.

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Irises forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by lauriemorningglory and is called "Shamrock Leaves of Oxalis"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.