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Dec 12, 2015 12:08 PM CST
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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My iris .. don't know which one .. had put out a flower spike! Is this normal for this time of year? Do you think it might actually bloom or just hold on til Spring .. at the moment our daytime temps are in the upper 70's for the next few day.

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Dec 12, 2015 12:11 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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This is normal for a reblooming iris. Do you know its name. I have a bloom open now and blooms stalks on two other irises. I don't usually have bloom into December but it has been warmer and so I am getting the joy of seeing an iris near Christmas. No they will not hold til spring and if it freezes before they open it will injure them. If they get near opening and the weather looks like it is going into the deep freeze you may want to consider tenting them or if the blooms are about to open you may cut it just before it does and bring it indoors to open...... this is a last resort.
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Dec 12, 2015 12:36 PM CST
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Thanks! I don't know what kind ... just know it's an iris .. the bloom will tell.
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Dec 12, 2015 1:26 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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Post a photo of the bloom when it is open, Anne. And welcome to the iris forum. smiles
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Dec 12, 2015 1:33 PM CST
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Thanks Bonnie I will. I've never had Iris before so I need to learn about these guys .. I have a bunch around the house.
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Dec 12, 2015 1:37 PM CST
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Welcome! To the irises Anne!
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Dec 12, 2015 2:23 PM CST
Name: Debra
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Anne, you are in the right place to ask questions. Smiling
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Dec 12, 2015 4:35 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Tri Cities, WA (Zone 6b)
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Great plants to have; Welcome to our threads.
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Dec 12, 2015 5:02 PM CST
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Thanks for the warm welcome!
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Dec 12, 2015 5:42 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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I am guessing it is not a bearded iris, but possibly a dutch, species or siberian. I think so because of the narrower leaves, and the slender bud. Leaning toward a siberian or species iris because dutch iris often have even more slender leaves, though the dutch iris always put up leaves in the late fall here.
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Dec 12, 2015 5:42 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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And pardon my manners - Welcome! Welcome!
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Dec 12, 2015 6:01 PM CST
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Thanks Leslie - I ran it through the Plant ID forum - that's how I found out it was an Iris .. won't really know what kind until it blooms.
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Dec 12, 2015 6:11 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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Hope you post photographs. Smiling
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Dec 12, 2015 7:01 PM CST
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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Welcome! Anne, hope you enjoy the Iris forum!
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Dec 12, 2015 7:37 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
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Hi Anne! Welcome! to the Iris forums. Hope you like it here and decide to stay!! Big Grin
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Dec 12, 2015 10:27 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Tri Cities, WA (Zone 6b)
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any iris can be a mystery & so welcome as we enjoy them here.
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Dec 13, 2015 10:56 AM CST
Name: Susan
Keenesburg, Colorado (Zone 5a)
How exciting Anne! I hope it blooms and we all get to see it.
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Dec 13, 2015 3:56 PM CST
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Name: Anne
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I hope it blooms too! In scanning the posts in the Iris forum I'm noticing that most of the posters are in zones 7 and below .. I'm in zone 8. Will this limit the species I can grow?
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Dec 13, 2015 4:33 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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There is one bearded type I can't remember now that needs colder temperatures (might be Miniature Tall Beardeds), and Bonnie or someone will chime in on which one exactly, but I think any of the others will do well for you. We are both 8a and I have a range of Beardeds and some Spurias that are all thriving.

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Dec 13, 2015 5:52 PM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
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Most MTB's are supposed to be more difficult in my climate (9b). Doesn't stop me from having them Big Grin

Anne, I don't know how tall that spike is, Or waht type it is, but if you've got some cold nights, you might try covering it w/ a 5 gallon bucket, or something that won't break the spike.. I think we're all curious to see what type of Iris you might have there.
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