Irises forum: Time for Iris reticulata

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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Apr 5, 2013 8:31 PM CST
Pretty, pretty, pretty. Smiling
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Apr 6, 2013 3:31 AM CST
They are beautiful, the ones on the right look a lot like crocus. Thumbs up
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Name: Vi
Ocean Springs, MS (Zone 8b)
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stetchworth
Apr 6, 2013 6:00 AM CST
Hi Kathy, those clumps really are beautiful this year and it looks like they have multiplied for you also. By the way Sarah is graduating high school next month where has the time gone.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Apr 6, 2013 8:40 AM CST
OMG! Is she still an artist?
Name: Vi
Ocean Springs, MS (Zone 8b)
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stetchworth
Apr 6, 2013 9:25 AM CST
Yes still loves to do it when she has the time, she has a part time job after school working at subway, she is going to a local community college for a couple of years then wants to go to Auburn in AL, glad I'm not paying for it.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Apr 7, 2013 7:44 AM CST
That's actually the cheap way to get a BA or BS if the college honors her community college credits. Glad I'm not paying anyone's college right now, too! But my grandson is 16 in June....Please say "hi" to Sarah! The Bluebird Rose of Sharon is very slow growing (planted on ledge it turns out) and is gorgeous in bloom! I think of you often, Vi.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Apr 7, 2013 10:25 AM CST
My reticulatas are just opened.Wind is shredding Frank Elders
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Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
Apr 7, 2013 7:23 PM CST
How beautiful, JoAnn -- surely Spring is (finally) here!!
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Name: Barbara
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iciris
Feb 9, 2018 11:38 PM CST
Since spring appears to be just around the corner, and since I was looking for iris Reticulata this morning, I found this old thread, looking forward to pictures from anyone growing them.
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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Feb 10, 2018 12:54 AM CST



Mine are starting but the down pours of rain this year is shredding the open blooms.
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 28, 2018 1:06 AM CST
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 28, 2018 1:16 AM CST



Mine bloomed a month early this year, since we were having warm weather in December and January.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Feb 28, 2018 10:01 AM CST
Stunning!!
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 28, 2018 4:04 PM CST
Rita ~ Thank You!
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Feb 28, 2018 4:14 PM CST
Ours came up in mid March last year. With alternating thaw & cold weather this year, don't know what to expect.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Mar 1, 2018 9:40 AM CST
Nothing here as yet, In fact the early blooming crocus only started blooming yesterday.
Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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brozeus
Apr 21, 2018 9:17 PM CST
Anyone (especially those with wet summers) have suggestions on long-lasting/ vigorous cultivars?

I'm on year 2 with 'Pauline' and the decline is very noticeable. Shrug!
Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 6b)
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cbunny41
Apr 22, 2018 12:18 AM CST
@bronzeus
I would suggest potting and taking out of the garden in the wettest periods. We are in a dry state. so haven't tried this myself.
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William
Apr 22, 2018 5:26 AM CST
Although it is true that there are a some reticulated irises that are sensitive to summer moisture, one of the main problems with growing reticulated irises isn't that the soil is too wet in summer, but rather that they break up into many small non flowering size bulbs quickly.

To my mind there is no easier cultivar to grow than 'Katharine Hodgkin' as it prefers to split into two flowering sized bulbs every year and thus can remain in the same spot a longer time. It is also very tolerant of summer moisture as long as the ground drains well. Only problem is that much of the commercial stock probably is virused, so one have to watch out for plants with striped flowers and removing them.

If you have heavy soil, try raised beds or planting close to a deciduous tree or a bush that sucks up excessive wet. Avoid summer irrigation as in planting annuals on top of bulbs.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Apr 22, 2018 9:43 AM CST
Katharine Hodgkin increased for us this year & we had one poor little Harmony. Eyecatcher did not appear as it had snow on it until early April. should lift those bulbs & add new ones in the fall.

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