Irises forum: Newly Planted iris July 2011

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Oct 19, 2011 10:26 AM CST
I photo everything for record keeping. This way I wont think there is room for more plants in an area when I am making garden plans for spring when its Feb. and nothing is showing above ground.There are 4 photos in this album.
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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Oct 19, 2011 11:02 AM CST
Very smart. I tend to just plant one on top of another. Really, my worst problem is seeing an empty space, and thinking I can cram something in there, and then they're too tight together.
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Betja
Oct 19, 2011 3:16 PM CST
Polly, what a gal! I love to hear about other people doing what I'm always doing too!
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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Oct 19, 2011 4:29 PM CST
Yepper, that's me!
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Oct 19, 2011 4:57 PM CST
When I planted an entire garden in 1 season I needed a system to mark where I had plants and what they were so I could make color choices for the comming season. I used white plastic spoons. My family thought I was nuts but now that they have the same problems I just sit back and grin.
The plastic spoon method also saved me some money. Buying 2 plants for the same space seemed lavish.
This is an april shot. Spoons galore but I am usually ordering plants at this time of year so I need to know where plants can go.

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I know it looks like a mini graveyard but its a system that worked.3 years later I dont need the spoons.
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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Oct 19, 2011 5:01 PM CST
Amazing the difference in your garden now, Jo. Even then it looked so nice and neat.

The spoon trick is really good advice. I actually did go ahead and make labels for all those fancy daffs I got 3 each of, so at least I'll know where they are. (Probably on top of other daffs, but oh, well Rolling on the floor laughing )
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Oct 20, 2011 3:37 AM CST
thanx
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Oct 21, 2011 7:04 AM CST
Its a nice morning so I took photos of new plants now. Leaf growth is encouraging but do I have to cut these off to avoid borer problems?

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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Oct 21, 2011 7:23 AM CST
No, do not cut them. borers are quite able to lay eggs on the rhizomes. New growth is your bloom for next year.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Oct 21, 2011 7:37 AM CST
Thanks it did seem counter productive. How do these newbies look to you Lucy?
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Oct 21, 2011 2:37 PM CST
Looks like normal growth for new irises. Some leaves may brown, but not the smaller leaves.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Oct 21, 2011 4:03 PM CST
thanks
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Oct 21, 2011 6:27 PM CST
Wow, they're looking good! You'll find most of the leaves will be trash in the spring, anyway.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Oct 22, 2011 2:57 AM CST
Thanks veryone. I seem to remember new leaves in the spring. The TBI's we have here are DD's. I am partial to Dwarfs and never really followed their cycle,I just planted them and waited to see blooms in early spring.
NOW I have a few newbies and am dealing with rizomes above the dirt? or rizomes below the dirt?

I hover over the newbies and cant believe the size of the leaves comming from a rizome the size of the end of my thumb. Danas Purple ( not a registered iris) was smaller than a walnut and has grown steadily since it was planted. I am hopeing for at least 1 stem from it in spring.
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Oct 22, 2011 7:46 AM CST
Part of the rhizome above the dirt. Like a duck sitting in the water. The ones I can see the rhizomes in the picture look perfect.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Oct 22, 2011 8:03 AM CST
goodie ,i hope they stay like that.
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Oct 22, 2011 8:21 AM CST
After rains mine tend to get dirt over the top of the rhizome, but when I'm fertilizing, or out working around them, every once in awhile I just push it off. Doesn't seem to hurt.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Oct 22, 2011 9:17 AM CST
Thats my methos too. I am out everyday so I come across the covered ones now and then.
Name: Dee Stewart
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irisloverdee
Oct 22, 2011 10:41 AM CST

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If dirt gets on top of mine I do not worry at all, if you planted like Polly stated then they will be OK with some dirt on them.

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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Oct 22, 2011 9:06 PM CST
dirt is ok, they just don't like being buried. After all, the rhyzome is a stem.

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