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Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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urania1
May 18, 2020 10:44 AM CST
Has anyone in the wet, humid south tried to grow Iris unguicularis in a pot? Were you successful? Has anyone in zone 7a In the south tried to grow walking iris (Neomarica gracilis) here in a pot. I know it is not hardy to zone 7a.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
May 18, 2020 10:51 AM CST
I grow both Mary. In pots too. The unguicularis grows outdoors year round and blooms at Christmas thru February. I am sure I posted a photo somewhere. The walking iris comes inside during the winter and looks lovely indoors.
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Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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urania1
May 18, 2020 12:35 PM CST
grannysgarden said:I grow both Mary. In pots too. The unguicularis grows outdoors year round and blooms at Christmas thru February. I am sure I posted a photo somewhere. The walking iris comes inside during the winter and looks lovely indoors.


Bonnie,

I read that the unguicularis likes it really dry in the summer. Last year our summer was quite wet until August. This year??? Thus far, it has been really wet. I wonder if I should try to grow the unguicularis in a pot?
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
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grannysgarden
May 18, 2020 12:43 PM CST
I have mine in a bucket at the front gate. In the winter I spend most of my time indoors and may miss its blooms if it were not at the gate. It is on its own most of the year. If we are having a drought and I water everything else it gets a minute with the hose. It has grown and bloomed in this spot for maybe 10 years.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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urania1
May 18, 2020 1:18 PM CST
Bonnie, I appreciate the advice. Thank You!

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