Irises forum: Stunted blooms

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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Mar 26, 2013 2:19 PM CST
For some reason my white/purple edged iris are blossoming on extremely short stems, like 2". You can barely see them in the leaves. Any ideas as to why?

Name: Arlyn
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crowrita1
Mar 26, 2013 3:37 PM CST
Two possibilities I can think of are "exposure" to herbicide( round up, even the fumes affect the plant), and do a soil test, check for ph, and more importantly N-K-P. Outside of that, maybe weather related? Some of mine(rebloomers) throw very short stalks in the fall, after a few "freezing" nights....Arlyn
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Mar 26, 2013 4:19 PM CST
We don't use herbicides, just natural.

I was checking other places and they suggest the weather as well. What am I looking for in ph and N-P-K?

Pretty sure it's not excessive N because the leaves on all look healthy but not on steroids. GA soil is on the acid side so I'm pretty sure that part's okay. But I'll check. Thanks!
Name: Arlyn
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crowrita1
Mar 26, 2013 6:25 PM CST
Bearded like a neutral ph, so if your too acid ,you may have to use some lime.....Arlyn
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abhege
Mar 26, 2013 7:43 PM CST
Aha, conflicting info. Thanks!
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 26, 2013 8:45 PM CST
N--small amount of nitrogen
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Misawa77
Mar 27, 2013 5:37 AM CST
sounds mostly like a weather event. This may become evident if any nearby plants that bloom later in the season do not have any issues.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Mar 27, 2013 5:57 AM CST
Well, I have a 50ft. row of iris so I will get the chance to see if it is the weather when the others blossom. Right now I just have a few in blossom.

Thanks for all the responses. Thumbs up
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OldGardener
Apr 6, 2013 1:58 PM CST
Did you ever find more information on the problem with your iris? I have had 6 or 7 cultivars bloom this year so far with another 4 or 5 heavy in bud and out of that batch all but one have bloomed normally. Tickle the Ivories, however, are all blooming on stunted, 6" stalks (they bloomed normally last year). Like you, we don't use any chemicals and all of the bearded iris are grown under identical conditions and my problem, at least, seems to be contained to just that 1 cultivar. Any insight or info that you have gathered would be most appreciated! Smiling
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Apr 6, 2013 5:03 PM CST
Only reason that seems likely was the weather, but if you're having the problem with just one cultivar, hmm, unless that one is just more sensitive. I have an old fashioned purple/brownish one that blossomed normal but it is on the south side of the house, right next to the steps and even a geranium survived this winter so I'm thinking it's a micro climate area. That would still be reasonable to think it's the weather here.

So sorry I can't be of more help...
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Apr 6, 2013 5:06 PM CST
I'm not sure if this is what I have, but it looks like this:
Charleston

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OldGardener
Apr 6, 2013 8:48 PM CST
Thank you for the update! We did have 2-3 weeks of unusually cold weather (mid to low 20's at night) here approximately 8 weeks ago so maybe Tickle the Ivories is more sensitive (all 3 Tickles have this issue even though they are 40-50' apart from one another). It's just strange to see these stubby stalks - I did not even realize they were blooming until I was standing over them.

Thank you for your help. BTW, that iris (Charleston) is beautiful!
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Apr 7, 2013 5:28 PM CST
I happened to notice when I was out today that the stems are getting taller! So it must be the cold weather!

Thanks, I'm not even sure where I got that one, but I love it! Someone gave me an orange iris, I don't know the name, just that it's bright orange so I'm very anxious for it to bloom! I have a lot of the old fashioned ones from my mother and a beautiful pink, Beverly Sills. That's really the only one I know the name of! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Apr 7, 2013 5:30 PM CST
Ahhh, Tickle the Ivories is very pretty also!
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OldGardener
Apr 8, 2013 9:42 AM CST
Tickle is lovely when it is blooming normally but.. with short stalks...not so much Crying I am happy to hear that yours are getting taller - that gives me hope! Again, thank you so much for the update - I truly appreciate it!
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Apr 8, 2013 11:11 AM CST
No problem! I like the quick response to most questions posed on this site! Great bunch of people!
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Apr 11, 2013 10:49 PM CST
Here's what the iris are looking like now. A little taller, but still not as tall as usual.
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Name: Lucy
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irisarian
Apr 12, 2013 9:33 AM CST
The color pattern is called 'plicata'. There are quite a few different patterns in that series.
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OldGardener
Apr 12, 2013 9:49 AM CST
Those new buds are really looking nice - I am so happy for you that they are trying to recover! The tickles here are still blooming near the ground but, hopefully, next year they will return to their normal height. I have a couple more cultivars that are now setting buds and they all look fine (nice and tall) so I am happy that my problem seems to be limited to just one cultivar.
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Apr 12, 2013 6:14 PM CST
Oh yeah, as I was taking the picture I noticed the brown spots on the leaves. something's tunneling in leaves!

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