Irises forum: Ok, I've got another question, after your wonderful answers, I can't help it.

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Name: Mary Hughes
Hill Country New Braunfels (Zone 9a)
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mesquite664
Oct 22, 2016 5:02 PM CST
My question is simple. Sometimes we're starting to have frost at night here. Do I need to cover the newly planted Irises? They're right out in the center of the yard so they're not protected. Clueless, Mary Hughes
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Oct 22, 2016 5:19 PM CST
No, they will be fine. If your area got cold enough to have frost heaves (like Illinois or Minnesota), maybe, but the Hill Country is pretty safe from that kind of freeze. Smiling
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Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Oct 23, 2016 8:58 AM CST
You should be ok. If the irises look like they might heave, just put a brick on the rhizome (not on the end with the leaves) to hold it down.
That said, we have many cycles of frost and thaw in winter and I never had a rhizome heave out of the ground, maybe it is never cold enough? Shrug!

Edited to add: I think some of the iris people here use mulch (@irisarian?) but are careful to remove it as soon as it warms up?
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
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UndertheSun
Oct 23, 2016 11:48 AM CST
@lovemyhouse

Deb, I want burn your new avatar. I'm glad they knocked out the hated Dodgers, but they beat my Giants before that. Glare
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
Oct 23, 2016 12:27 PM CST
@UndertheSun

Sorry about that, Rob, but I am originally from South Bend, Indiana and have been waiting a lonnnnng time for this one. Big Grin
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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Oct 23, 2016 12:34 PM CST
All over my head! Hilarious!
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Oct 23, 2016 1:59 PM CST
Baseball, Mika.

I listened to the Cubs games on the radio when I was a kid in Milwaukee area.

Yes we often use a pine needle mulch on new plantings over the first winter. John checked the 2 which were planted in pots (they had no roots) but when we put them in the ground they seem to be very tight so don't need the anti heaving rock on top of the rhizome.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Oct 23, 2016 2:14 PM CST
Sorry Rob, I am on the Cubs bandwagon too.
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Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
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IrisLilli
Oct 24, 2016 7:30 AM CST
Thank You! Lucy! I tip my hat to you.
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Mary Hughes
Hill Country New Braunfels (Zone 9a)
Life long Reg.Nurse
mesquite664
Oct 24, 2016 4:41 PM CST
You Iris growers are great! Thank you for your help about the frost. I should have known with the pictures with the Dogs and that cute Cat. Being a Dog lover I've got two furry spoiled critters. They tend to run alot of my life. I used to have multiple cats until the Drs said that's why I kept coughing and sneezing. I can't win them all. Thanks again Mary H.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Oct 27, 2016 9:25 AM CST
Don't forget to come back and post pictures of your iris in the spring! We love pictures. Big Grin
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield

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