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Jun 2, 2021 2:20 PM CST

Hello all,
My name is Naty, I'm a newbie. I planted a couple of irises last year. One is happy and blooming, another one looks very strange.
I've seen many irises but never seen anything like that in my entire life! Please see the picture.
I'm not sure what went wrong. Grumbling Was it my fault and I planted it in a wrong way, or there's something wrong with the bulb?
I'd very appreciate your help and advice.

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Jun 2, 2021 2:50 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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Rhizome looks like it is set correctly. I bet a weather related problem. Different varieties are affected differently (duh). I would cut the deformed stem at its base & wait to next year. Enjoy the one which is growing well & blooming.
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Jun 2, 2021 3:22 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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I agree
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Jun 2, 2021 3:38 PM CST
Name: Ian McBeth
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Hi, and Welcome! @NatyMain to the iris forums.

I've had that blooms like yours on newly planted iris.

Is your name "Naty" short for, or a nickname for Natalie??? My little sister is named Natalie and I sometimes call her Naty or Nat. Smiling
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Jun 2, 2021 5:15 PM CST

SonoveShakespeare said: Hi, and Welcome! @NatyMain to the iris forums.

I've had that blooms like yours on newly planted iris.

Is your name "Naty" short for, or a nickname for Natalie??? My little sister is named Natalie and I sometimes call her Naty or Nat. Smiling


Thank you so much for your response!
My full name is actually Natasha, my mom is addicted to Russian literature (even though she's not Russian), so I was named after Natasha Rostova ( War and Peace) Crying
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Jun 2, 2021 5:21 PM CST

irisarian said:Rhizome looks like it is set correctly. I bet a weather related problem. Different varieties are affected differently (duh). I would cut the deformed stem at its base & wait to next year. Enjoy the one which is growing well & blooming.


Thank you so much! We had unusually cold winter this year so maybe the weather is to blame. Some of my hostas look weird this year, too.

My other iris is very tall and gorgeous, though. It's called Zesting Lemons.


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Jun 2, 2021 6:19 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
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Natasha ~ Welcome! to the Iris Forum! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

And thank you for posting that question. Yes, an iris will bloom deep in the foliage occasionally, due to stressful weather conditions. Many time the weather warms up, then goes close to or down to freezing, then warms back up again. They are so large and stiff, they are not so flexible as other plants. Many times the leaves will be adversely affected as well.

Lucy gave good advice to cut the stem of the flower and wait until next year. Thumbs up
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Jun 2, 2021 6:49 PM CST

evelyninthegarden said:Natasha ~ Welcome! to the Iris Forum! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

And thank you for posting that question. Yes, an iris will bloom deep in the foliage occasionally, due to stressful weather conditions. Many time the weather warms up, then goes close to or down to freezing, then warms back up again. They are so large and stiff, they are not so flexible as other plants. Many times the leaves will be adversely affected as well.

Lucy gave good advice to cut the stem of the flower and wait until next year. Thumbs up


Thank you so much, Evelyn!
This is my first time growing bearded irises so I was confused. We had a crazy weather indeed, long winter and sudden late frost somewhere in April.
I will cut it when the flower is completely out and I see the stem. So far it's stuck somewhere between the leaves. I don't want to perform a surgery now and damage healthy leaves. I tip my hat to you.
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Jun 3, 2021 3:34 AM CST
Name: Lilli
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Jun 6, 2021 2:44 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Welcome! Naty! I've had a bloom like that. I think I just left it alone. I probably won't emerge any farther for you to be able to cut the stem.
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