Irises forum: best way to ship rizomes?

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Name: Roy
Mills, Wyoming (Zone 4b)
Jun 30, 2013 11:21 PM CST
do i wrap them in news print and send them in a usps box? Blinking
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jul 1, 2013 7:17 AM CST
I wash all dirt from them, give them a spray with 10% bleach water, let them dry for one or two days, in the shade . I don't wrap the rhizomes, but use
shredded or crumpled newspaper to pack around them( or excelsior, if I have it) to help absorb any remaining moisture, and to stop them from shifting around in the box. I generally cut the leaves to 4"-6", but leave as many of the roots as possible, but some folks trim the roots back, also....Arlyn
Name: Mary Ann
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jul 1, 2013 7:26 AM CST
I trim the leaves back to 5"-6" in a fan shape, and trim the roots back to 3" or so, and use a Sharpie pen to write ID on a leaf. Then I wash the rhizomes (not leaves) in 10% bleach water, let them dry thoroughly, and pack them in a priority box using shredded paper to stabilize them in the box. Once the box is all taped up, I use scissors to poke holes in all four sides of the box for ventilation.

Sometimes it takes me a week or two to dig all the Irises that are going to one person. Once they have dried from being washed, it's no problem for them to wait in a dry location for shipment.

Hope this helps.
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: United Kingdom Region: Northeast US Irises
Region: United States of America
Jul 1, 2013 8:04 AM CST
We write ID on leaves. In addition use my string tags with name attached to rhizome.
Name: Roy
Mills, Wyoming (Zone 4b)
Jul 1, 2013 10:56 AM CST
Awesome! Hurray! thanks for the great info! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

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