Irises forum: Bearded iris soil

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Name: Mike Sills
San Diego (Zone 10a)
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Poolshark234
Mar 29, 2013 6:40 PM CST
What is the best soil for bearded irises?
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Mar 29, 2013 7:01 PM CST
Most of us work with the soil we have. Those who are participating here have a wide variety of soil types and grow nice iris. One thing I would recommend no matter what your soil type is the addition of generous amounts of organic matter.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Mike Sills
San Diego (Zone 10a)
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Poolshark234
Mar 29, 2013 7:04 PM CST
should i dig out 8-10 inches of soil and then will it in with compost?
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Mar 29, 2013 7:08 PM CST
I would just add a couple of inches of compost on the surface and then work it into the top several inches of the existing soil. Over time the soil will "eat" the compost and you will need to add more.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Mike Sills
San Diego (Zone 10a)
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Poolshark234
Mar 29, 2013 7:10 PM CST

sounds good thanks
Name: Shannon
Burkeville,Va (Zone 7a)
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Shannon
Mar 29, 2013 7:14 PM CST
My "New" favorite addition for my iris is Alfalfa pellets. I put a hand full around my iris and let the rain settle it in
They really like it :)
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Name: Mike Sills
San Diego (Zone 10a)
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Poolshark234
Mar 29, 2013 7:18 PM CST
i have some alfalfa meal i will have to look for pellets
Name: Shannon
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Shannon
Mar 29, 2013 7:19 PM CST
Oh the meal will work the same. I just can't find the meal here Thumbs down
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Name: Mike Sills
San Diego (Zone 10a)
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Poolshark234
Mar 29, 2013 7:21 PM CST
i recently starting adding it to my compost tea
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Mar 29, 2013 7:23 PM CST
Alfalfa meal is OK. Here are some pictures of my beds with alfalfa pellets that I need to work in.
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Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Mike Sills
San Diego (Zone 10a)
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Poolshark234
Mar 29, 2013 7:26 PM CST
That is an amazing iris bed Thumbs up
Name: Mike Sills
San Diego (Zone 10a)
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Poolshark234
Mar 29, 2013 7:29 PM CST
this is all we have so far the 2 rows with littles i split up about a month agoThumb of 2013-03-30/Poolshark234/ddfc4d
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Mar 29, 2013 7:32 PM CST
They look great....if you hang out here be ready to be tempted. When bloom season starts you will see pictures of amazing iris. If you look back at some of the threads you'll see more.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Name: Jan
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philljm
Mar 29, 2013 9:27 PM CST
Thanks for the reminder, I need to pick some up when the dogs and I are running errands tomorrow. ~Jan
Name: Mike Sills
San Diego (Zone 10a)
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Poolshark234
Mar 31, 2013 3:25 PM CST
What would bbe the best soil for growing them in containers?
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Apr 1, 2013 9:00 PM CST
Add humus even there. I consider containers a very temporary situation for irises.
Name: Mike Sills
San Diego (Zone 10a)
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Poolshark234
Apr 2, 2013 8:54 AM CST
Thank you very much
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Apr 2, 2013 11:18 AM CST
Paul: those beds look wonderful.Sturdy leaves.It seems mine are taking forever to really get going.Of course we are having snow showers and cold wind today.
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Apr 2, 2013 11:21 AM CST
Thanks JO....I just hope that they don't get to far along and that we have a cold snap and frost damage.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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crowrita1
Apr 2, 2013 12:44 PM CST
Our turn is coming, JoAnn. Just a few warm days (and nights) will make a big change!...Arlyn

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