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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
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janwax
Aug 16, 2015 9:45 AM CST
I must add Doug Kanarowski to my list of favored hybridizers. He had several new
introductions, especially Royal Jammies, that have gone on my Want list!

On the subject of the environment - it's been hot and dry here for a long time. My garden is starting to
suffer - but I manage to keep all of my irises alive - one or two cupfuls at a time!
Life is a Gift !
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Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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Muddymitts
Aug 16, 2015 9:49 AM CST
Attagirl!!!! Thumbs up
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
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gemini_sage
Aug 16, 2015 11:02 AM CST
A few years ago we had a drought and watering restrictions, and I had a Jacuzzi tub at the time that I used about once a week for back pain. I would use the water afterwords for my plants. Once I even siphoned it with a hose through the window to water the garden a bit. Drought surely makes us appreciate how precious a resource water is.

This year it seems Kentucky got everybody's water for the year!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Denman55
Aug 16, 2015 12:20 PM CST
I'm finding it (of course) much easier to manage the Iris rhizomes I have planted in pots -
the ones in the ground were the one's that were more difficult to manage, as a result, I had
a lot of losses. It's just so much easier watering Rhizomes when they are in a pot.
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Aug 16, 2015 10:28 PM CST
I always plant mine in the ground but have not had time to prepare a new bed. What size pot do your grow iris in? What type of soil? THKs
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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Aug 17, 2015 4:28 AM CST
I use a 1 gal "Trade" pot for my irises. This is roughly a 6.8" diameter pot and it is 6" tall. I have used old Mums pots for irises that I am nursing along.
Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Denman55
Aug 17, 2015 5:45 AM CST
I use 4" pots for my Iris rhizomes. Yes, they will eventually be transplanted into the garden in September. Smiling
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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
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Muddymitts
Aug 17, 2015 6:58 AM CST
I don't have time to make two jobs out of one -- mine go right in the garden.
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Aug 17, 2015 7:19 AM CST
Gallon pots for me too. And for the potting media I use about a 50\50 mix of commercial potting soil and fine textured mulch.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Aug 17, 2015 10:27 AM CST
I pot for more than one reason.

1. I pot to sell.
2. I pot to nurse back to health.
3. I pot to delay planting in ground because of bed prep issues (delaying tactic-I rather plant straight to the garden and avoid #3)

I use the same pots as "Stoney Creek Iris" (we like to match-yes I buy from her "vendor" )
Name: Jen Jax
Northern Kentucky (Zone 6a)
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Boxergirl
Aug 17, 2015 10:38 AM CST
Misawa77 said:I pot for more than one reason.

1. I pot to sell.
2. I pot to nurse back to health.
3. I pot to delay planting in ground because of bed prep issues (delaying tactic-I rather plant straight to the garden and avoid #3)

I use the same pots as "Stoney Creek Iris" (we like to match-yes I buy from her "vendor" )


I pot for the same reasons at Greg except to sell. ( I just don't sell mine) I had to pot all my recent orders because my husband just decided to bring a bulldozer home from work and do some work to our creek and in my iris field so I had to dig some up and put them in pots also.
I will say for watering purposes it's much easier but the knowing I am going to have to plant everything all over again is a bummer. I much prefer the one and done method! Smiling
Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Denman55
Aug 17, 2015 10:42 AM CST
My reasons for potting are the same as Greg and Jen's. I pot to delay because my beds are not prepared and ready for the iris rhizomes. I, of course agree that I would prefer to direct plant the rhizomes, but I decided to plant a lot of Annuals for the Summer (big mistake!) and I'm now slowly cutting out the annuals from the two gardens I have that will house the Iris.
Next year I will not be having any 'mixed' beds. They will strictly be Iris beds. Smiling
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Aug 17, 2015 10:52 AM CST
I pot some to nurse them back to health, or the rhizomes are too small to be planted on their own. The main reason is to wait until our weather cools down and then plant them in the ground in late September-early October. When I plant them, I plant them like a plant and try not to disturb the new roots.
Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Denman55
Aug 17, 2015 11:00 AM CST
That's what happened to me this year ---- some of the people who sent me rhizomes sent me very small rhizomes, and I had no choice but to pot them up. You should see them now ! Wow. They have done extremely well and are quite large !
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
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Linneaj
Aug 17, 2015 11:02 AM CST
I have 3 little 4" pots with 2 sets of sick rhizomes and one perfect Japanese iris seedling. Everything else goes in the ground.

It is possible as things get more crowded and I get a vehicle back, I could pot some up for the flea market. I have plenty of saved pots.
Don't make fear based decisions.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Aug 17, 2015 11:16 AM CST
Moving forward my plan is to get a couple of nursery beds ready for newbies. They will be irises only, and new varieties will grow there until they can be divided. At that point divided clumps will go into the mixed garden, where I can install an instant clump of 5 or 6 rhizomes. These will gradually replace some old historics and noids that I have multiple clumps of throughout the gardens. I'm thinking this will decrease my need for potting, but those that need extra TLC will still be potted, and if its terribly hot and dry I may still pot them too.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi

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