Irises forum: What do you use to keep your iris's standing?

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Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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petruske
Jun 3, 2017 9:44 PM CST
It's full bloom time for iris here in Wisconsin. Wind and rain or even the tallness of an iris can cause the stalk to tip to the ground. I'm wondering what others do to prop them up without making it look too ugly.

Year after year I rack my brain to come up with something wonderful. Any great solutions from anyone out there?
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UndertheSun
Jun 3, 2017 9:59 PM CST
I use green bamboo stakes.
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jun 4, 2017 3:58 AM CST
Sue, I have those small green wire plant props that you can get at most garden centers, or home depot in different sizes. They aren't too expensive and aren't too visible either. They work great. I have been getting some every year and seems I never have enough. When I make a cross on a bloom, I usually put one of these on it to make sure it doesn't get broken off. I also have some taller ones I use on my tall lilies. Places in Wisconsin that I know has them are, Farm and Fleet, Menards, and Home Depot. Not sure where in the state you are. Smiling
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Name: Robin
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Totally_Amazing
Jun 4, 2017 4:09 AM CST
I use brown bamboo stakes or green metal stakes.
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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petruske
Jun 4, 2017 7:25 AM CST
I have not tried the bamboo stakes. I've used the green ones from Fleet Farm and Menards (my favorite stores). I guess I hoped someone had a miracle solution. Just being vigilant and checking them every day for fallen stalks. And deadheading really helps.

I think part of my problem may occur at planting time. I try to get them as upright as possible but it never fails, the frost pushes them up and I try to step them back down and they never get upright like I planted them. I have heard of putting a rock/stone on them over the winter to keep them from pushing up. Has anyone ever tried that?

Thank You! all for your tips and hints.
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jun 4, 2017 7:27 AM CST
I have used a brick on some when I plant them late and am not sure if they will have time to establish a good root system. They do have a mind of their own, and want to grow the way they want to grow. Hilarious!
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Jun 4, 2017 11:51 AM CST
I'm also collecting a few of the green metal loop stakes each year. Never enough. I'm propping up a daphne that is leaning toward more light...into a path.
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Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
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djinnevada
Jun 4, 2017 12:21 PM CST
Have you tried these? (Sorry I can't figure out how to get a picture on here)

http://www.lusterleaf.com/img/...

If you only need a few (and have soft enough ground to get them in), If you only need a few (and have soft enough ground to get them in), these might work for you. This example is a little expensive, but you can probably find the cheaper on Craigslist, Ebay, or a discount store...we have a "Grocery Outlet" store here that has all sorts of inexpensive (think one step up from the Dollar store) garden goodies at the beginning of the season. If you only need a few (and have soft enough ground to get them in), the new ones could do the trick.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Jun 4, 2017 3:10 PM CST
That's what I'm collecting. But I still need to use bamboo, once in a while.
The metal ones look so neat!
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Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 6b)
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cbunny41
Jun 4, 2017 4:34 PM CST
Sue,

I planted a lot of rhizomes late last year and put medium sized rocks on all those and some planted earlier. Had almost no problems.
Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Jun 5, 2017 5:18 AM CST
I use rocks in fall on late planted rhizomes, green wire plant props, I use bricks on TB which are falling over (usually at bloom time) and I have metal pegs for landscaping fabric which fit nicely over most rhizomes and are near invisible: https://images-na.ssl-images-a...
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Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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petruske
Jun 5, 2017 8:22 PM CST
Some great ideas here. I will use the bricks, especially when planting late. The metal pegs for landscaping fabric may do the trick too, for keeping the frost from pushing up. I do use some like what Darcy has shown us. They do work really well. Problem is I have such large beds I'd need like a dozen per bed. Lots of beds too. I think I need to fertilize them too. That may product stronger stems.

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