Irises forum: Regarding rhizome size in Zone 4b

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Name: Traci Rowlett
Western Minnesota (Zone 4b)
Irises Region: Minnesota Birds Bulbs Garden Photography
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IdyllicIris
Apr 10, 2017 6:46 AM CST
Hi all,
I am new to iris gardening. I've got around 100 or so iris (so far) on order for 2017 from vendors around the US. Many of those vendors have been reviewed as having huge rhizomes. My question is, should I be requesting *midsized* rhizomes based on my Western Minnesota location or do huge rhizomes have an equal opportunity to thrive in my weather conditions?
Thanks,
Traci
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Apr 10, 2017 7:14 AM CST
Hi Traci, and welcome to the iris forum. I don't think I would ask for a certain sized rhizome. In states where conditions are dryer throughout the year a vendors mature rhizomes will all be smaller than irises raised by vendors who either irrigate or have wetter weather. Those vendors will only have the fat rhizomes. All do well for me. Smiling
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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 10, 2017 9:09 AM CST
Welcome! I wouldn't worry too much about the rhizome size. After a couple of years in your garden they acclimatize to your conditions so the increases will size themselves to best survive in your area. Down here where it is humid and hot in the summer the increases don't stay fat, but become longer and thinner. I am sure it helps them dissipate the heat better, and makes them less prone to rot. In your area they may stay fat to retain heat. You will find out soon!
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UndertheSun
Apr 10, 2017 10:57 AM CST
Welcome Traci! Welcome!
Name: Traci Rowlett
Western Minnesota (Zone 4b)
Irises Region: Minnesota Birds Bulbs Garden Photography
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IdyllicIris
Apr 10, 2017 4:14 PM CST
Thank you for responding Bonnie and Leslie. Hello UndertheSun!
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Apr 10, 2017 4:34 PM CST
You are welcome, Traci. This is the place to ask/share/learn and teach about irises. Smiling
Who plants a seed beneath the sod and waits for growth believes in God. ~~Unknown
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Apr 10, 2017 6:12 PM CST
Welcome! Traci Welcome! I think you'll enjoy this forum. Lots of nice and knowable people on the forum too.
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Apr 10, 2017 8:57 PM CST
Welcome! traci, and we have fun here, too.
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Apr 11, 2017 5:59 AM CST
Welcome! Traci! Hurray!
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Apr 11, 2017 9:00 AM CST
Welcome! ......I'll give you a typical male response...."size doesn't matter". As was stated, they will "seek their own level" after a season in your climate / growing conditions. The only issue, the very large "west coast" rhizomes, when planted late , in more northern climes, often have a tendency to "split open" during their first freeze.....sometimes it's wise to "mulch" with something *loose* (that won't pack down...like pine straw.or even pine boughs) AFTER the ground has frozen ...then remove the mulch in early spring.
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
Apr 11, 2017 6:53 PM CST
Welcome! Traci.
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Apr 12, 2017 9:11 AM CST
Adding my Welcome!
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Apr 12, 2017 9:34 AM CST
And mine!! Welcome! Green Grin!
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Name: Barbalee
Amarillo, TX (Zone 6b)
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Barbalee
Apr 12, 2017 1:36 PM CST
And even one more! Welcome!
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Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Apr 13, 2017 7:11 AM CST
Welcome!

You jumped in with both feet! Hurray!

If there's a local iris society chapter near you, check them out... even if you don't join, see if they have an annual rhizome sale!
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Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Irises Birds Region: United States of America Region: Kentucky Clematis
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janielouy
Apr 13, 2017 7:19 AM CST
Once I bid on a huge fat rhizome from Oregon at our member sale. Well, it did promptly rot in the middle (but did recover). Another time I bought a huge rhizome at our public sale and the same thing happened so size is not the best determiner of success in any area.
Name: Niki
Bend, Oregon (Zone 6a)
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HighdesertNiki
Apr 15, 2017 11:23 PM CST
Welcome! Tracy
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