Irises forum: One last question???

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Name: Mary Hughes
Hill Country New Braunfels (Zone 9a)
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mesquite664
Oct 20, 2016 8:11 PM CST
Dear Iris experts, You know I think this group will cause me to become addicted. Naturally it's not my fault. My question is: how long after I plant an iris does it take to bloom? I was talking with an old friend of mine and she said sometimes 3 years. I tried not to scream. I can't wait 3 years, I'm already bugging the Iris forum about every week. By time we make 3 years they'll be forming a posse to find me and dig up the Irises. Is it really 3 years, does it help any to feed the plants? Anyway that's all for now, perhaps I can make it thru the night before I feel the need to reach out to yall. Thank you, Mary H. South Texas
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UndertheSun
Oct 20, 2016 8:16 PM CST
It can take anywhere from a few months, to a few years.
Name: Liz
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Dachsylady86
Oct 20, 2016 8:18 PM CST
Hi Mary! You sound just like me last year stressing over when I would get to see my first blooms. You will be happy to know that my first year irises had around 80% bloom results! I almost died of happiness! It really is as magical as you think, and yes you will get hooked nodding
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HighdesertNiki
Oct 21, 2016 12:42 AM CST
Welcome to the Iris forum Mary, If the rhizome has been dormant a long time before planting it takes longer to bloom in my experience.
That said most of my Iris bloom the spring after I planted them. I ordered rebloomers from warmer zones this year, and have been graced with blooms 2-3 months after transplant.
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Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Oct 21, 2016 1:59 AM CST
So far, I only have two cultivars which have taken more than 2 years to bloom and they have both been moved from semi shade to full sun and I hope they will bloom next year. Crossing Fingers! All the rest of them have bloomed 1st or 2nd year, even had a re-bloomer put up a stalk just after being planted. So I very much doubt you will have to wait 3 years to see your irises bloom!
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Oct 21, 2016 3:49 AM CST
Mary, with the long growing season you have in your zone, I would expect most of them to bloom in one year, and maybe a few to take two years. In my short growing season I'm lucky to get about half to bloom that first year. Smiling
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Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Oct 21, 2016 7:59 AM CST
Welcome! Mary. "They" say you can expect about 60% bloom in the first year, but I find I average about 75%. Only one iris of mine has ever taken 3 years, and it had rot issues in it's first year so it took longer after recovery.

And we all know you will get addicted after the first blooms.... it won't be your fault, you will just not be able to help yourself! Big Grin
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Name: Barbalee
Amarillo, TX (Zone 6b)
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Barbalee
Oct 21, 2016 8:54 AM CST
Hi, Mary. Don't feel alone! I have planted over 150 irises this summer and have seen no blooms. I have very high hopes (and probably too high expectations) for next spring! Whistling
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DaveinPA
Oct 21, 2016 11:01 AM CST
Welcome Mary. You are among addicts who do help one in that regard! [Being more addicted of course.]

I planted new around 60 irises with some rebloomers in Jul-Aug. Three of the rebloomers already showed their colors, so you will find a great variety in bloom time. Those from big box and mail order stores will take longer because of the time out of the ground, plus they will not blossom true to what the box says. Stick to "real" iris sellers.
Name: Lucy
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irisarian
Oct 21, 2016 1:36 PM CST
Irises are shipped (or bought locally) when they are dorment so they have to wake up & grow.

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