Irises forum: Planting Irises in Winter

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Name: Ivor
Middletown, DE (Zone 7a)
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Islandview
Dec 4, 2016 9:02 AM CST
I just got some tall bearded irises (don't ask why at this time! Whistling ). As I live in Zone 7a with freezing nights and 40-50 degrees during the day, I was wondering what's the best way to plant them. I could plant them in the ground now and hope for the best, plant them in pots and leave them outside or inside, or store them bare rooted for a couple months? Any recommendations?
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Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
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Cuzz4short
Dec 4, 2016 10:04 AM CST
I say pot them if not too many. I just did a full garden transplant days ago. I know most of all will be fine, but temps are plummeting and will reach a low of 20 this week here. Luckily were getting rain so the dirt can settle on mine and bind to the roots.
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Name: Ivor
Middletown, DE (Zone 7a)
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Islandview
Dec 4, 2016 11:27 AM CST
You would keep the pots outside? In a protected area?
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Dec 4, 2016 11:37 AM CST
Pot and store in garage. On warmer and sunny days move outside. You want some root growth, but they need to get acclimated and you don't want a lot of heaving.
Name: Ivor
Middletown, DE (Zone 7a)
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Islandview
Dec 4, 2016 2:18 PM CST
O.K. Will do that. Thanks, Gabe and Greg!
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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janielouy
Dec 4, 2016 4:02 PM CST
Would pots in the garage need to be in the sun or just warmer than outdoor temps? I have only one window in my garage.
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Dec 4, 2016 5:37 PM CST
I would think that they should have some sun.
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Dec 4, 2016 6:06 PM CST
Sun will help for sure but they sure aren't ready for freezing ground temps without some warmer time in the garage.
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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
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Misawa77
Dec 5, 2016 5:44 AM CST
The garage is a temporary setting until they establish themselves. They do need sun light and may need to be shuttled in and out of the garage a few times during this time during any warm spells. The goal is some root growth so no heaving occurs during the heart of Winter.

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