Irises forum: What kind of iris is this?

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Name: Judy
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SCButtercup
May 10, 2014 7:30 PM CST
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I know nothing about iris, is this tall bearded?
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lovemyhouse
May 10, 2014 8:18 PM CST
Looks like a Tall Bearded to me. What is the approximate height of the flower stalk?
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Muddymitts
May 10, 2014 8:26 PM CST
Sure looks like it!!
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Name: Lyn
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RoseBlush1
May 14, 2014 1:02 PM CST
I have the same question, but I do know they are not tall bearded irises. I don't know anything else about them or how to care for them.


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Name: Leslie
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Lestv
May 14, 2014 2:35 PM CST
Lyn, yours are beardless iris. Were they planted as bulbs? If so they are probably iris hollandica (Dutch iris), and have different growing needs than the bearded iris that grow from rhizomes at the top of the soil.

For the Dutch iris: Fertilize them as you would other bulbs (tulips/daffodils, etc.) and they should do well. The foliage from my Dutch iris dies back in the summer. It is okay to cut it off/mow over it at this stage because new growth will pop back up in the spring (just like daffodils). Some people have said that the Dutch iris will dwindle over time, but if you feed them a couple times of year they should keep coming back year after year. Mine have survived gobs of neglect but never quit coming back.
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Name: Lucy
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irisarian
May 14, 2014 3:24 PM CST
irst=tall bearded 2nd--agree on the dutch & grows from bulbs.
Name: Lyn
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RoseBlush1
May 14, 2014 4:08 PM CST
Thank you, Leslie ....

>>>>Some people have said that the Dutch iris will dwindle over time, but if you feed them a couple times of year they should keep coming back year after year. Mine have survived gobs of neglect but never quit coming back.

Oh, yes, these plants have been properly neglected. I haven't even fed them ... Smiling

Since I think you said they could be handled just like daffodiles, I am guessing that I can re-site them after they have gone dormant during the summer. Am I correct ? I didn't know anything about them and planted them at the front of the bed ... ooops Rolling my eyes. another mistake to correct.

I am a novice gardener in all things except for roses, so everything that comes back seems like a miracle plant to me.

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Name: Lyn
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RoseBlush1
May 14, 2014 4:09 PM CST
Thank you, Lucy.

Will they increase, if I stop neglecting them ?

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Name: Judy
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SCButtercup
May 15, 2014 4:16 AM CST
LOL looks like someone else is wondering about irises too.
Well my iris at the top of the page are about 24" tall. I didn't get a very close up picture but I guess they are tall bearded iris. This is the first time they've bloomed so much and I've had them as gift from acquaintance for about 8 years. I had almost given up. Maybe it's because I never feed them other than a bit of compost? Or because I didn't really divide when I received the huge clump? Well they are done blooming and I enjoyed them.
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Muddymitts
May 15, 2014 6:03 AM CST
Judy -- if you just planted them, without separating them, there's a good chance that they're overcrowded -- which will prevent or limit blooms. Also -- I think I see weed grass in them? That also contributes to overcrowing -- the roots of the grass are using up nutrients that the rhizomes are vying for.

If they were mine -- about a month after bloom is finished, dig them up, separate the spent rhizomes from the active rhizomes -- and replant, giving them plenty of space. Next year -- or the year after -- you'll have a sea of blooms!!

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Name: Leslie
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Lestv
May 15, 2014 7:59 AM CST
Lyn: Yes, you can lift and replant them during the dormant period. As for increase - my bulbs haven't increased very much, but then I haven't babied them like my other iris. With proper care I think they will increase as daffodils and such do. If you want a LOT of increase I suggest you order some more bulbs to plant. They are not very expensive for the years of color you will get!
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Name: Lyn
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RoseBlush1
May 15, 2014 11:19 AM CST
Thank you.

I do like them and will order more, but I wanted to make sure I spaced them properly when I re-sited them.

For me, it's always something ... Smiling

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Lyn
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Name: Judy
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SCButtercup
May 15, 2014 5:28 PM CST
Lol it's not weed grass it's other kinds of iris, short tiny purple ones. I guess after it all blooms I should separate and replant the whole mess

Name: Leslie
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Lestv
May 16, 2014 8:28 AM CST
Judy - you may want to mark the different clumps so you know which are which when you replant them. Even the short little ones, probably dwarf bearded iris (do they have beards?), have pretty good size rhizomes, so it is easy to mistakenly mix them up. Just a suggestion in case you hadn't already thought of it. Smiling
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grannysgarden
May 16, 2014 9:28 AM CST
I received an MDB 'Sleepy Time' in a trade last year. It had a huge rhizome. the grower I got it from assured me it was the MDB I had traded for and said she did not know what happened to it as it looked like an iris on steroids. It bloomed true this spring but still has really fat rhizomes.
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Name: Lucy
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irisarian
May 16, 2014 3:02 PM CST
Some irises are naturally fat. Look for the little increases & plant to have more plants next year. Too much use of the word, but you can get the idea.

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