Irises forum: Moving your irises

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Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Irises Ponds Orchids
Mar 25, 2017 6:04 PM CST
Since im planning on eventually moving, i would take what irises i have lect with me. So the question is, what would be the best methos to move them? Thank.
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
Mar 25, 2017 11:30 PM CST
I guess it depends on whether you have a permanent location for them once you move. I would dig them up, label them and plant them when you arrive at your new home.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Mar 26, 2017 6:47 AM CST
I agree. If you don't have a place to plant them set up after the move you can always put them in pots when you get to your new home. It would probably be easier to transport them just as labelled rhizomes since potting them before the move would then mean lugging all the pots around. Much harder on your joints.
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Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
Mar 26, 2017 7:17 AM CST
I think the move is going to be demanding. If you pot them up they can be planted after you get settled in to the new home. I'm not sure if any of the ones I sent you are the some of the ones you are planning to take with you. If so I still grow those and would be happy to sent you more after your move.
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Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Region: North Carolina Garden Photography Region: United States of America Hostas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises Container Gardener Hybridizer
Mar 26, 2017 9:21 AM CST
Depending on the season. I'd for sure label everyrhing with marker and or ink pen from and back on a more center fan, last to dry out.

I moved my entire stock this November-December and every single plant is thriving and living thanks to the great conditions this winter. They were dug and replanted within hours so not much root disturbance. Mine looked terrible for a moment, but now budding after being double transplanted this past season.
Gimme it and I'll grow it!
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
Mar 26, 2017 12:55 PM CST
For fear of losing the leaves with the name written on them I would either pot them, or put each cultivar into its own paper bag that has holes punched into the bag and with the name written on each bag.

If there are too many irises to take with you. Then take your favorites with you and expect some boxes to be coming your way once you're settled in.
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Irises Ponds Orchids
Mar 27, 2017 4:17 PM CST
Thanks everyone. Im just going to take my most favorite ones. Then go from there. I probably would do a planting in pots and then within a few days plant them in the ground.
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Mar 27, 2017 4:44 PM CST
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Name: Nora
Castlegar, B. C. Canada (Zone 5b)
Region: Canadian Cat Lover Salvias Xeriscape Roses Organic Gardener
Garden Photography Echinacea Butterflies Birds Irises Daylilies
Mar 27, 2017 5:43 PM CST
Best of luck with the move. Love your Master Touch avatar.

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