Irises forum: the dwarf iris has an unfortunate life span.

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Name: Greg Partlow
york, pa 17402 (Zone 6b)
this will be mediocre, sorry
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doctorpartlow
Apr 5, 2017 6:50 PM CST
I wish these little flowers would bloom all year.



-Greg
I'm glad you were read my whole post. it was splendid of you to do so.
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
Apr 5, 2017 7:12 PM CST
Welcome! Greg. That looks like iris reticulata. I love the intense blue.
Name: Niki
Bend, Oregon (Zone 6a)
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HighdesertNiki
Apr 5, 2017 8:03 PM CST
Welcome Greg, the Iris reticulata comes in other colors too. I love them all. If you love irises, there are different kinds to bloom all spring. In all kinds of colors. Red isn't true for bearded iris, but the hybridizers have worked to bring about iris that look ruby red to the human eye.
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UndertheSun
Apr 5, 2017 9:18 PM CST
Welcome Greg! Welcome!
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Apr 5, 2017 9:40 PM CST
Another Welcome! Greg
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Apr 5, 2017 9:42 PM CST
Welcome! greg
Name: Marilyn
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Moiris
Apr 5, 2017 11:12 PM CST
Welcome Greg! I love your little irises. I'll bet every person on this forum would agree that we wish irises would bloom all year!! Of course then we would not have time to share pictures, tell stories, plan our next purchases, and dream of spring blooms!

Glad you dropped in and shared your photo!!
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Apr 6, 2017 4:25 AM CST
Welcome! to the iris forum Greg! Hurray!

I have lots of I. reticulata, but so far I have had very little luck getting them to survive and bloom after their first year. But I sure would love to have them blooming all year! Thumbs up
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Apr 6, 2017 7:11 AM CST
Welcome!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Apr 6, 2017 7:48 AM CST
Welcome! Pretty iris Greg, and to echo everyone else - yes, it would be nice if iris bloomed all summer.
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Sydney, Australia (Zone 10b)
Protoavis
Apr 6, 2017 3:57 PM CST
IrisLilli said: Welcome! to the iris forum Greg! Hurray!

I have lots of I. reticulata, but so far I have had very little luck getting them to survive and bloom after their first year. But I sure would love to have them blooming all year! Thumbs up


Too much water in summer maybe? That's my issues at least, water and heat in summer = rot. First year with them lost around 80% of them. Now I stop watering early spring and let them completely dry out til temp drops in autumn.

Anyone with oryzalin (aka Surflan, Embargo), am looking for a small amount rather than 5litres from manufacturer (min size in Australia....)
Name: Meredith
New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
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Meredith79
Apr 6, 2017 4:06 PM CST
doctorpartlow said:I wish these little flowers would bloom all year.





They bloom very early in spring and are a bulb, but you can have other Iris that bloom through to late spring. Miniature Dwarf Bearded, Standard Dwarf Bearded, Intermediate Bearded and so on. All the classifications are here
http://www.irises.org/About_Ir...

They come in so many colors you are bound to find a nice purple just like your favorite you've posted.
Don't want to forget mentioning the species Iris like this one Iris cristata.
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Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Apr 7, 2017 8:08 AM CST
Protoavis said:

Too much water in summer maybe? That's my issues at least, water and heat in summer = rot. First year with them lost around 80% of them. Now I stop watering early spring and let them completely dry out til temp drops in autumn.



I think mine rot in winter, but the end result is the same. Neal mentioned that the species reticulata might be more durable, but so far I have not seen it for sale anywhere.
You don't know if it will grow until you try!

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