Irises forum: What can you do if your new rhizomes just sit there?

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Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
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djinnevada
Sep 10, 2015 11:05 AM CST
Help! Some of my new rhizomes are just sitting there...no new roots, no new leaves, nothing. Others that I planted the same time in the same bed are doing great. They were all healthy and have been treated exactly the same...any thoughts why some are "pouting" or how I can get them going?
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Sep 10, 2015 11:38 AM CST
How long have they been planted? Were they dry when you got them? As long as they are firm and not soft they should grow. Has it been really hot there?
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Sep 10, 2015 2:58 PM CST
How do you know that they do not have any new roots djinnevada?
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Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
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djinnevada
Sep 10, 2015 4:24 PM CST
They weren't dry, just happy regular old rhizomes that have been planted about 3-4 weeks. I did the "tug test" and they came right up with no sign of new growth, opposed to the others that tugged back. Someone suggested it was their "parentage" and that they would get going as it cooled down here (it's been everywhere from mid 90's to mid 80's). Soooooooo not patient!!
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Sep 10, 2015 4:35 PM CST
Welcome djinneada. I had a few that looked like they were not going to take off and then they did. I am not sure why, but the only thing I could think of is that they needed some kind of adjustment period to get use to the new area.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Sep 10, 2015 5:51 PM CST
At this stage I would not disturb the roots for a couple of weeks. I only attempt to lift a rhizome when there is no growth at all and the rhizome is looking a bit discolored or shrunken. If the rhizome is firm and just sitting there I watch to see what it does.
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UndertheSun
Sep 11, 2015 1:28 AM CST
I heard you can go blind if you tug on it too much.
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Sep 11, 2015 6:11 AM CST
Omigod.................... Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Sep 11, 2015 6:54 AM CST
I would expect that from a Pink Tutu and Cowboy boots dude with a flashlight working in the garden! Hilarious!
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
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grannysgarden
Sep 11, 2015 6:58 AM CST
I would only expect it from someone still in Jr. High School. Alas......
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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Sep 11, 2015 7:16 AM CST
if you read his prose, you would think his mind was still there (maybe he teaches at one)?
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Sep 11, 2015 8:10 AM CST
I wear glasses, but I'm not blind ! Sticking tongue out
Name: Eric Jarrett
Vale, NC (Zone 7b)
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EJarrett
Sep 11, 2015 1:23 PM CST
UndertheSun said:I heard you can go blind if you tug on it too much.


Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
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djinnevada
Sep 11, 2015 8:16 PM CST
Ha! I thought being married was supposed to alleviate that problem. Shows what I know. Rolling my eyes.
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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janielouy
Sep 11, 2015 8:33 PM CST
You all are toooo funny! Love it! Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
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Linneaj
Sep 11, 2015 9:32 PM CST
Depends on who one is married to. Glare
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iciris
Sep 11, 2015 9:54 PM CST
My husband said to dissolve the little blue pill in water and pour it over the rhizome.
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Sep 12, 2015 9:51 PM CST
Creative use of modern pharmaceuticals! Rolling on the floor laughing
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iciris
Sep 12, 2015 10:55 PM CST
It was used on myth busters a few years ago about extending the life of cut Christmas trees...
Name: Cleta
Idaho Falls Idaho (Zone 4a)
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cbelt1
Sep 21, 2015 7:14 PM CST
What craziness . . . and fun to read on an iris-less day. Too many of those to come, huh.
Cleta

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