Irises forum: Katrina African Iris

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jeanneh
Mar 22, 2014 10:16 AM CST
Update on my Katrina Iris. I removed all the brown leave...the entire plant, and was delighted to find new green shoots coming up. Yeah...it lives, I hope!
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daylilydreams
Mar 22, 2014 10:50 AM CST
Welcome to ATP jeanneh you may want to post your message about your iris to the iris forum this is the daylily forum. Sounds to me like your iris will grow just fine since you can see growth I am not sure where you live or what type of iris you are growing. That said iris can be pretty tough and easily grown at least the ones that I grow certainly fall in that category.
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chalyse
Mar 22, 2014 1:49 PM CST
@jeanneh Welcome! to ATP! Nice to hear about your iris, and yes, I think the folks on the Iris thread would love to hear about it too!

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Gleni
Mar 23, 2014 7:02 AM CST
Welcome to ATP Jean Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! . Good luck with the iris.
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daylily
Mar 23, 2014 5:22 PM CST
I asked Dave to move this thread to the iris forum. It would not get many responses in the Daylily forum.

Thanks Dave!
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Muddymitts
Mar 23, 2014 6:07 PM CST
Thanks Juli. As a resident of the Iris forum, I can say that *we* would be delighted to welcome Jeanneh!!
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grannysgarden
Mar 23, 2014 6:56 PM CST
.....and we will also want updates on how Katrina Iris is doing and if there are blooms we must see pictures!!! smiles
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lovemyhouse
Mar 23, 2014 7:18 PM CST
I agree I agree I agree I agree
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DeeM
Mar 4, 2016 1:02 PM CST
I just "discovered" Katrina African irises...wondering if they are suitable for median area at subdivision entrance (north of Covington, LA, full sun , irregular watering , not much pampering)
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Lestv
Mar 4, 2016 1:10 PM CST
Welcome!

Not sure about the watering, but they say African iris are suppose to be drought tolerant. With full sun, and especially until they get settled in, I would think they would need regular watering a couple times a week. Definitely do post us some pictures of their blooms!

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lovemyhouse
Mar 4, 2016 1:47 PM CST
Welcome, Dee. Smiling
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Please do share photographs. Thumbs up
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iciris
Mar 4, 2016 3:48 PM CST
Welcome! to Iris heaven!
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Henhouse
Mar 4, 2016 4:45 PM CST
Hi DeeM! Welcome!
The Dietes, AKA African Iris, or Fortnight lily grow well for me in California. I've got a couple different species and they get no watering, no pampering. I do cut off the bloom stalks when they're done blooming so I don't get a million seedlings. I hadn't heard of 'Katrina', so I googled and came up with this from Perino's Garden Center:
"At the time of Hurricane Katrina in September 2005, Buddy and Peter Perino had been working on producing a new variety of the African Iris. In the months following the storm, this new iris proved to be particularly hardy, and the Perinos eventually patented it and named the variety ‘Katrina.’ It differs from other iris varieties in that it has a higher tolerance to poorly drained soil, heat and humidity. The Katrina Iris also sets fewer seedpods, resulting in a longer bloom season. Buddy and Peter Perino have donated the trademark royalties for the Katrina Iris to the American Wetland Association, benefiting wetlands restoration projects."

Back in my old neighborhood, the parkways were landscaped with Dietes iridioides (Fortnight Lily). Every February, they would cut them down to the ground. The idea was to get rid of all the old brown foliage and force fresh new growth.. It's the only place I've seen it done, but it was really effective. I don't do that.. There always seems to be too much to do in the garden in February that is of greater importance..

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Polymerous
Mar 4, 2016 5:08 PM CST
I don't know if I am thinking of the same plants or not, but years ago, at our old house, I had a white flowered "fortnight lily" growing in a barrel. (Iirc it had some blue and yellow parts to the flower.) I really liked it, and asked the landscape designer to put a few in here at the present house.

Guess what... we got the uglier (imho) beige and brown flowered ones... Glare Fortunately they are way out in the "Back 40", so they aren't up and in my face, but still...

I had never heard of cutting them to the ground, though. I still have them, but they are overgrown and mangy looking. Maybe we should give that a try. Whistling
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iciris
Mar 4, 2016 5:19 PM CST
The city cuts them back here too.

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UndertheSun
Mar 4, 2016 5:21 PM CST
Here's an African iris in bloom. (Photo was taken a couple of days ago)

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Like Sherry, mine receive no additional care then what Mother Nature provides.




Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Mar 4, 2016 5:24 PM CST
Lovey dubby
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lovemyhouse
Mar 4, 2016 5:30 PM CST
Oooh, Rob, that is pretttty. Lovey dubby
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grannysgarden
Mar 4, 2016 5:43 PM CST
I have to join the ohhhh and ahhhhh section here. That is very pretty.
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djinnevada
Mar 4, 2016 11:31 PM CST
Me too! Me too!! Drooling

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