Irises forum: storing Iris rhizomes

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Oct 30, 2016 5:33 PM CST
I have sold my family home and would like to take my father's iris with me. Can I store them thru the winter and replant next year? How do I store them?
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
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Oct 30, 2016 5:52 PM CST
An expert will chime in shortly.. I'd pot them if possible, amount pending of course.

You can clean them really good with 10% bleach water, dry them, and paper bag them. Just leave them in a dark place without humidity.

Some people may small pot some and refrigerate into dormancy. Yucky, but you can always get a Craigslist mini fridge usually for cheap. Bring them back out in the spring and drop in the ground.

Just some suggestions. Or take some of each instead of all and time will multiply them again..

Good luck
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Oct 30, 2016 6:06 PM CST
If you live in a warmer zone, you could plant them and they would be OK. If you live where Winter is knocking at your door, then you might want to pot a few and keep them protected during the winter. You can try to keep some in a dry cool place over winter and they may survive, but it will take them a while to come to bloom when you do plant them. If we knew what zone you live in it would help us provide some better ideas.
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Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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Oct 31, 2016 5:40 AM CST
Welcome! to the Iris Forum Southernlady! Hurray!

Yes, knowing the zone you want to plant them in would help!
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South central PA (Zone 6a)
Irises Region: Pennsylvania
Oct 31, 2016 12:05 PM CST
Welcome to this forum, and to the addiction.
Arlyn did some experiments with overwintering rhizomes and sliced up ones also. Hopefully he will pop into the discussion. (@crowrita1)
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Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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Oct 31, 2016 12:34 PM CST
Another warm Welcome! headed your way.
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Oct 31, 2016 3:26 PM CST
As others have said....where you are, or, more to the point, what your climate is like would be the deciding factor. If you have 30 days, or more, until your ground freezes (or if you live someplace it DOESN'T freeze !) I'd plant them in the ground, and either "pin" them to the ground with landscape staples, or weight them down (at the first sign of freezing soil) with a brick. If you don't have 30 days, I'd put them someplace cool and dry, and plant them in the spring....if you choose this route, give the roots (not the whole rhizome)a good two day soaking in water before you plant them.
And, Welcome! !
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
Oct 31, 2016 4:19 PM CST
Welcome! southernlady
Name: Mary Ann
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Nov 6, 2016 2:55 PM CST
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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Nov 6, 2016 3:39 PM CST
Welcome! good luck w/your rhizomes & to a wonderful addiction.

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