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Jun 13, 2016 8:20 AM CST
Utah (Zone 7a)
I have some iris bulbs that put up a stalk and the top flower blossoms as the beautiful hybrid I purchased then that same stalk puts out to branches that blossom and look like historics.

Has anyone had this happen?

At first I tied a string on the historic flower so I could find the bulbs to move them out from among my hybrids. Then I realized it was the same bulb and branch producing two completely distinct blossoms always in the same pattern. Top one a hybrid. Lower branches an historic looking thing. I took a video but vids don't seem to upload.
Jun 13, 2016 8:31 AM CST
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Do you, or your neighbors, use glyphosate-based (Roundup) herbicides? Irises exposed to glyphosate will produce flowers that are smaller, lacking in ruffles, and have more muted colors than normal. Which I guess would make them resemble historics?

Generally, all of the flowers on a given stalk are affected, but it depends on the timing and extent of exposure.
Jun 13, 2016 9:14 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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Also -- Irises don't have bulbs -- they have rhizomes. It's an important distinction -- bulbs are generally planted completely underground, sometimes to a depth of 6" or more. That would kill an Iris. FWIW. Smiling
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Jun 13, 2016 10:02 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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I have had the first bloom be much more like it's supposed to be and later blooms not so good when it's not a very healthy rhizome. I had one seedling bloom this monster bloom, about 8 inches from top of standards to bottom of falls, but then all the rest were more normal sized. I've also had some bloom a tiny first bloom, and then all the remaining buds shriveled up and died.
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Jun 13, 2016 1:23 PM CST
Utah (Zone 7a)
I have not used any herbisides.
The surrounding iris didn't do it. ๐Ÿ˜

Just that one RHIZOME. (Thank you Muddymitts) I'm in the habit of saying bulb because when I say Rhizome to most other people they don't have a clue what a rhizome is.

If I say "bulb" I don't have to explain myself but I need to knock the habit when I'm talking to the pros. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐ŸŒนโค๏ธ
Jun 13, 2016 1:38 PM CST
Utah (Zone 7a)
Honestly I have never seen that before.

Thumb of 2016-06-13/SpringGreenThumb/f84bbc

Here is the top. There is one tall main stalk in the center where the right flowers branch and bloom then...
Jun 13, 2016 1:45 PM CST
Utah (Zone 7a)
Thumb of 2016-06-13/SpringGreenThumb/49182c
Thumb of 2016-06-13/SpringGreenThumb/a53d8c

You follow the thinner little side stalks down that I have tied off with orange yarn (because the blossom looked like a bicolor historic blue.... And you see this two short stalks branch off from the main stalk just inches after the main stalk leaves the rhizome. Those two short stalks have there own flowers branching off.
Jun 13, 2016 1:49 PM CST
Utah (Zone 7a)
The odd part of this scenario is that the side stalks bloomed first. Which is why I thought it was an historic mixed in with the hybrids. So I tied yarn to them to mark them for transplant.

About a week after the ones that looked like historic were finished blooming. The middle stalk burst into bloom with the pretty hybrid blossoms branching off.

So then I careful loosened the rhizome to gently pull out the smaller stalks and they were the same plant. Just branching from the base of the stalk. I was absolutely dumbfounded.
Jun 13, 2016 1:53 PM CST
Utah (Zone 7a)
the pictures are still captures of my video so I apologize they are not so good.
If you look closely you will see I tied a pink string on the talk stem. I was tying pink strings on the stalks with pink blossoms.

Such a thing is impossible to my understanding but that's what it was.
Jun 13, 2016 2:03 PM CST
Utah (Zone 7a)
Thumb of 2016-06-13/SpringGreenThumb/d6a079

This is what it looked like.
Jun 13, 2016 2:13 PM CST
Utah (Zone 7a)
The reason I originally chose to do a video is because it would follow the stalks to the base. If some had a cell phone to private message me I can send the vid by cell.

I took the entire rhizome and planted it by itself so I could better watch what it does each year.
Jun 14, 2016 8:27 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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That certainly is strange, Betsy. I would have guessed chemical damage too. All I can think of is that the mother rhizome didn't have the energy she needed to produce the correct blooms. She may have spent that energy producing the side stalks instead. So -- maybe a simple anomaly.

It sure has been a strange year for Irises. Shrug!
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Jun 14, 2016 1:59 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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Strange indeed. (not helpful, I know, just a comment).
Jun 14, 2016 5:32 PM CST
Utah (Zone 7a)
At first as I was trying to pull up what I thought was the historic I was thinking...

"Wow, this historic rhizome seems to be directly underneath the hybrid rhizome."

I figured there must have been a historic already in the garden that I accidentally planted over. ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™ƒ.
I've been collecting iris for 10 years and never seen that happen.

I've seen distorted numbers of petals or something but never a distorted stalk with recessive genes spilling over. Lol.
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Jun 14, 2016 5:45 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I had several of that type this year.......weird stalks, and failed blooms. The cause, I think, here, was the "sick" plants, with not enough 'go power" to finish what they started Shrug!
Jun 15, 2016 2:15 AM CST
Name: John
Kansas City,MO (Zone 6a)
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Found a few of those myself during the replant project. Another rhizome growing under the mother rhizome. And it was a whole rhizome, not an increase. Thought it was strange and replanted them both. Another garden surprise I guess..

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