Irises forum: Anyone order from Iris City Garden ?

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javaMom
Mar 25, 2016 10:09 PM CST
Just take a look at Iris City Garden website, they have some beautiful Iris, do you know how to do online order ? Also when will be the best time to plan Iris and when do the Seller normally send us the Irises ?

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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 25, 2016 10:18 PM CST
We plant in July, but I think people with the Texas heat wait until mid to late august.
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Henhouse
Mar 25, 2016 10:46 PM CST
I've ordered from them in the past, and received nice, correctly name rhizomes. Depending on the grower, orders generally open anytime from mid-January to June, with some carrying on into fall. Many of us order the moment a grower opens to ensure we get the iris we want before they sell out. The growers usually offer a window of time when they send. It's usually July and August,with some being in September (or later). The AIS website has a lot of good information on growing and culture.
All growers will have instructions on their websites (if they have one). If you have doubts about how to place an order, most will answer an email to help you out. Some still do business by mail only.
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iciris
Mar 25, 2016 10:48 PM CST
I usually receive the Iris in July and August. Since it's so hot here in those months I pot them up and (try to) plant them in the fall.
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javaMom
Mar 25, 2016 10:54 PM CST
Thank You! everyone !!!

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UndertheSun
Mar 25, 2016 11:29 PM CST
Phillipb2 said: Since it's so hot here in those months I pot them up and (try to) plant them in the fall.

I agree Way too hot to plant anything in Summer.
Name: Sherry Austin
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Henhouse
Mar 25, 2016 11:45 PM CST
That's what I do too. I have better control over the water when they're in pots. By mid September, they've got some good roots,and are happy to be put in the ground. The soil is still warm, but the days are shorter,and water requirements aren't quite so challenging.
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Mar 26, 2016 6:14 AM CST
Iris City is a good vendor, I've bought from them for years. Greg & Marcy will do their best to please you. I generally send them an e-mail, with my "list", they will reply with an amount, and then I send a check / money order / CC number....whatever you are comfortable with. They will then, on receipt, respond with a 'range of dates' when they will ship, and you pick the time from that.
Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
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AlanJ
Mar 26, 2016 9:44 AM CST
Yes, I agree. I have bought many Iris rhizomes from Iris City Gardens (and have quite of few of theirs on my Wish List) and I'm very pleased with their quality and good customer service.
BTW - I never understood why vendors have to ship Iris so late in the season. I much prefer to plant my Iris rhizomes in the Spring - and last year, that's just what I did. The Heat of August and September really get me ole' bones aching and my ole' heart out of breath ! Sighing!
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
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grannysgarden
Mar 26, 2016 1:13 PM CST
Alan, I like to plant mine in June. That is usually after the bloom season in most places and just when they are going dormant for the hottest months. I plant them and they get started with new leaves and then go dormant in a month. I get more blooms the first season when I plant in June. They also get a good root system established before winter sets in.
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Name: Patrick Alan
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AlanJ
Mar 26, 2016 1:22 PM CST
grannysgarden said:Alan, I like to plant mine in June. That is usually after the bloom season in most places and just when they are going dormant for the hottest months. I plant them and they get started with new leaves and then go dormant in a month. I get more blooms the first season when I plant in June. They also get a good root system established before winter sets in.


Yes, I agree, Bonnie. My problem always was trying to find a vendor that would ship you rhizomes in May/Early June. Most will not, so I turned to Ebay and did find vendors who
were selling and shipping rhizomes at that time of year. Worked great for me, and I got
some really good rhizomes that should bloom well for me this year.
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Name: Linnea
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Linneaj
Mar 26, 2016 1:25 PM CST
I ordered from Iris City last year. I faxed my order with debit card info. The rhizomes were very nice and the bonus was one that wasn't listed, but was a rebloomer like most of the others I had ordered.
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Mar 26, 2016 2:07 PM CST
AlanJ said:

Yes, I agree, Bonnie. My problem always was trying to find a vendor that would ship you rhizomes in May/Early June. Most will not, so I turned to Ebay and did find vendors who
were selling and shipping rhizomes at that time of year. Worked great for me, and I got
some really good rhizomes that should bloom well for me this year.


If you order early in the year.....this place *spring ships*.....good place to do business, as well.
http://www.cynthiasirisgarden.com/
Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
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AlanJ
Mar 26, 2016 2:24 PM CST
crowrita1 said:

If you order early in the year.....this place *spring ships*.....good place to do business, as well.
]http://www.cynthiasirisgarden.com/


Thanks, Arlyn - I checked out Cynthia's Iris Garden, and they have a nice selection of Historics.
I think I will place an Order with them. Thank you again for the heads up! Thumbs up Thank You!
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javaMom
Mar 26, 2016 3:03 PM CST
They will ship in the Spring Arlyn ? that is so cool...... Thank you !!!
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Mar 26, 2016 3:53 PM CST
If you order early enough !! Ask her first, as a lot depends on "how early" spring is in HER garden, too !
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 26, 2016 9:54 PM CST
Irises are still growing in the spring. they are dormant in July so are planted then. why plant when they are trying to grow?
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tveguy3
Mar 27, 2016 5:17 AM CST
I don't like digging before they bloom. I don't want to miss any bloom stems.
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Mar 27, 2016 6:37 AM CST
Isn't conventional wisdom to wait at least 6 weeks after bloom to dig? I would imagine many of the growers wait until 6 weeks after the late ones to simplify things. Our club digs in early-mid July.
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Name: Patrick Alan
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AlanJ
Mar 27, 2016 7:02 AM CST
irisarian said:Irises are still growing in the spring. they are dormant in July so are planted then. why plant when they are trying to grow?


Ok, so won't they continue to grow after they are dug up and replanted ? I don't understand this
whole dormant vs. growing argument. My Iris that I planted in the spring had the entire spring and summer to grow and looked marvelous by Fall and now this year they are even larger and better and I'm sure they will bloom magnificently. So I am delighted that there are a few vendors
that will ship in the Spring. nodding Thumbs up
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