Irises forum: Fertilize your siberians and Japanese?

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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Sep 14, 2011 4:40 PM CST
Now's the time. As we speak they are setting their flowers deep down in the rhizomes for next year. Fertilizing now means more flowers in the spring.

And contrary to what some people believe, it doesn't hurt the plant a bit to fertilize now. Any new top growth is going to die back anyway, if you're in a cold area.

I use any general balanced fertilizer, 10-10-10, etc.

In the spring I fertilize again with a lower nitrogen feed.

This is for beardless only!
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Sep 14, 2011 4:46 PM CST

Plants Admin

Thanks for the heads up Polly. Added this to the To Do Calendar. Do you tend to feed the JI a little heavier than the sibs?
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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Sep 14, 2011 4:47 PM CST
I don't, Evan, but it won't hurt to do so. JIs are heavy feeders, but I just feed them all the same with good results.
Name: Evan
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eclayne
Sep 14, 2011 4:51 PM CST

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Thanks, moved all but two clumps a month ago. They really enjoyed the drenching earlier this month.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Sep 16, 2011 8:26 PM CST
Oh heck. I meant to fertilize my Siberians with my Liquid Fish Emulsion Fertilizer today after I read this reminder by Polly. (Thanks, Polly) Instead I got into moving the last my daylilies that needed it for the year and compleately forgot about it. Sad i hope I remember to do it tomorrow Blinking
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Sep 17, 2011 4:07 AM CST
Thanks for the reminder Polly.
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Sep 17, 2011 7:33 AM CST
You're welcome, Jo.

My gosh you've been busy, Rita! Do you have any passions other than gardening? I can't imagine you have time to do anything else.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Sep 17, 2011 10:31 AM CST
Polly, that is about it. Gardening takes up my spring, summer and much of the fall. But you know that I love to be outside in my garden. In the winter I love to read. Well, I always love to read but have no time for it in the summer so come winter I read lots. All sorts of Fiction. I have Netflix too so rent some DVDS too to help pass the time. I rarely go out in the winter as I hate the cold.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Sep 18, 2011 2:28 AM CST
Ditto Rita.
I watch YV ,not much of a reader. Netflix saves my sanity and Showtime on demand takes care of the rest.
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mattsmom
Sep 18, 2011 4:05 AM CST
The Winter's here are soooo long! I get into trouble buying new plants for Spring. Daylilies, iris & new lilies that I have to cram in somewhere come spring. I blame it on "cabin fever"!
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Sep 18, 2011 4:21 AM CST
Thats my bad time too. I also impuse buy seeds.
LongRange winter forecast.This winter wont ba as bad as last in our area.
Annual Weather Summary: November 2011 to October 2012
Winter will be slightly milder than normal, on average, with the coldest periods in late November, mid-December, late January, and early and mid-February. Precipitation will be below normal, with near-normal snowfall. The snowiest periods will be in mid-December, mid- and late January, mid-February, and mid-March.

April and May will be cooler and drier than normal.

Summer temperatures will be below normal, on average, with below-normal rainfall. The hottest periods will be in early to mid-June and early and mid-July.

September and October will be cooler and rainier than normal.

Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Sep 18, 2011 9:24 AM CST
I always hope for a mild winter with no or hardly any snow. Don't always happen that way though.
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Sep 18, 2011 9:53 AM CST
Amazing the difference in places in NY, Rita. I always hope for below 200 inches.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Sep 18, 2011 12:57 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! I did it. Got them all fertilized. Really doing the Siberians would not have been such a big thing but I had decided to do the daylilies also. I used Neptunes Liquid Fish Fertilizer and the hose end sprayer and just went around and did everything that needed it. I did my blueberry bushes also. Hurray! Hurray! They should grow like crazy next year as my yard stinks of fish fertilizer Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Sep 18, 2011 1:08 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Sep 18, 2011 1:20 PM CST
Polly, I know you said Fertilize for the beardless only. But some of them are really near some bearded iris. I tried not to get any fertilizer on the bearded but in some spots some fertilizer splashed on them. But I don't think it would do any harm, right?
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Sep 18, 2011 1:33 PM CST
I don't think so. I fertilize my bearded too, but I don't recommend that to anyone. If the rhizomes get new quick growth on the bearded they could rot. But since I do all of mine, I sure don't think what you splashed on will hurt.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Sep 18, 2011 1:46 PM CST
Thanks. It really wasn't much anyway.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Sep 19, 2011 9:47 AM CST
I was happy to go out in the yard and have the smell gone or just about. Nothing to smell if you just stand in the yard but a slight wiff if you mend down and sniff the gaqrdenbeds. Not like yesterday though Thumbs up
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Sep 20, 2011 3:32 AM CST
It smells like a brewery here.

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