Irises forum: Iris in Pots

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Name: aud/odd
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Cinta
Jun 21, 2017 9:02 AM CST
The last few yrs I have been growing perennials in pots to cut back on buying annuals every year for my patio. Have you ever tried to grow Iris in pots? The pots I am planting are not small pots they are 3' tall and 3' round.
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Zencat
Jun 21, 2017 10:38 AM CST
I had an iris in a large pot for 3 years before it bloomed. It's a lot more work though.
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grannysgarden
Jun 21, 2017 11:58 AM CST
I grow irises in the garden, in pots, in tubs and in wheelbarrows. They are easier to clean, weed and check on in the pots and barrows. They never sit in water as the water drains even during a downpour. Mine thrive in pots. The only thing that may be a problem is that you may have to water them if it has not rained for a week or so. The roots in the pots and barrows cannot go deep into the earth to get a drink. I have some round beds that have a small tub in the center as a raised bed. This seems to work well for me.
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Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Jun 21, 2017 2:01 PM CST
I, like many others here on the forum, have grown iris in pots. Mostly because we don't get them all planted in time! Hilarious!

I have had good results with those in pots. They bloom with the same frequency as the planted ones. I have had a couple of blooms that were smaller than usual, but those were in pots that really were too small.
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Name: Richard
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creativeclover
Jun 21, 2017 2:46 PM CST
I have grown in pots as well. Have had good success with it.
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Jun 21, 2017 2:59 PM CST
Thank you.
@Lestv Hilarious! When I was working crazy hours I did that yrs ago but I cannot remember if they bloomed I think they did. I was just checking if my memory was right.

I have not had good luck in ground any way. They say deer do not eat them but something ate them out of the ground a couple of winters ago. 50 iris no sign of even root.
Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Jun 21, 2017 5:04 PM CST
I think you should have good luck in such large pots. Make sure you give the pots some protection during the winter though. Dead leaves or pine needles and branches around the outside of the pots will help insulate the roots during snow and ice events.
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Name: Ian McBeth
Lincoln, NE
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SonofShakespeare
Jun 30, 2017 9:52 AM CST
Cinta, a few weeks ago I just finished doing some research on irises, and when irises are potted they grow and bloom well depending in the sizes of pots. Like if the pots are too small the irises may not bloom or grow very big. But, if they do bloom, their flowers are smaller than normal. Smiling
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IrisLilli
Jun 30, 2017 10:10 AM CST
Welcome! to the Irises Forum, SoS! Hurray!
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iciris
Jun 30, 2017 10:25 AM CST
Welcome! Welcome! glad to have you here.
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creativeclover
Jun 30, 2017 3:30 PM CST
Welcome to the forum.
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Jun 30, 2017 7:09 PM CST

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Jun 30, 2017 7:15 PM CST
Welcome! SonOfShakespeare
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iciris
Jun 30, 2017 7:28 PM CST
Oops, posted in wrong area...
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