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Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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Sep 9, 2015 7:08 PM CST
crowrita1 said:Once, quite some time ago (which is probably why I don't remember all the details *Blush* ) I read an article ( I *think* it was by Chuck Chapman) concerning "how many leaves have to grow, before a rhizome developes a "blooming point" , and makes a stalk." It was the writers contention (and I think there were some pictures , to illustrate the "scars") that, by counting the "leaf scars" (those little "lines you see along the length of the rhizome) you could tell "when" the rhizome was likely to bloom. In other words....a rhizome has to grow "X" number of leaves, before it will ever bloom. So, does anybody else remember this article, or , have you ever heard this before ? I'd love to "revisit" the information. It may have been on Facebook, or, in an AIS bulletin....probably 4-5 years ago............thanks

When I first started buying named Iris and I didn't care about the names (silly me) the lady sold all award winning Iris. At that time she told me an Iris needed five leaves to bloom the following year. I'm guessing that was about 6 years ago. I would have to look at clump photos to see if I could count the leaves.
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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
Sep 9, 2015 7:40 PM CST
Sounds like as Chapman statement. You could ask him; he has done a lot of research.
Name: Jen Jax
Northern Kentucky (Zone 6a)
Irises Peonies Region: Kentucky Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Sep 9, 2015 8:37 PM CST
Chucks on Facebook all the time I'm sure if you send him a message he will respond quickly.
Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Dog Lover Irises Orchids Region: New Jersey Region: Pennsylvania Lilies
Sep 10, 2015 2:58 AM CST
All of my 'Solid Mahogany' rhizomes have 7 leaves ..... So, I think this Iris is going to be a prolific
bloomer next Spring, and I have 8 of these rhizomes planted.
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Sep 14, 2015 11:46 AM CST
At this time of year many of mine don't have a bunch of leaves. Is it leaves in the fall or the spring? World of difference here.

I guess I could go count my Immortality leaves..... (wish I would have read this before I packed your box Bonnie! Could have thrown in some Immortality).
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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Sep 14, 2015 1:18 PM CST
Mine are extra leafy this year, I suppose because we had such a wet summer. That typically is not the case, or rather about now they usually start growing some leaves with the onset of cooler, wetter weather. Since they have been so leafy this summer, I'm hoping that means lots of bloom stalks in spring!
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