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Jul 3, 2017 6:58 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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Jul 3, 2017 7:04 PM CST
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Jul 3, 2017 7:10 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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I agree
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Jul 3, 2017 8:40 PM CST
Name: Richard
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Just theres some nice ones on the list
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Jul 3, 2017 10:02 PM CST
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Jul 4, 2017 3:07 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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Everything that was worth sharing is gone !! Probably be more, next year !!! Thumbs up
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Jul 4, 2017 4:50 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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Thank you, Arlyn, for digging, labeling, washing, drying, trimming, packaging and shipping the irises only to get back your postage. A lot of work to make a lot of folks happy. Smiling
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Jul 4, 2017 5:02 PM CST
Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
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Jul 4, 2017 5:59 PM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Herbs Irises Ponds Plant and/or Seed Trader
Thank You! Arlyn
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Jul 4, 2017 8:32 PM CST
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Very nice of you Arlyn. I did that last year (over 200 rhizomes). It is a LOT of work for postage. Truly a labor of love.
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Jul 4, 2017 9:51 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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Jul 5, 2017 5:53 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Well, this bunch was "easy....no wash, no dip....shake off the dirt, trim the leaves a bit, and mark. Last year it was trim, mark, wash with the hose, scrub in the sink, dip in bleach and fungicide, dry, box, sort, and ship.....as you say, a lot of work ! I have irises to do for the HIPS sale.....plus some other "orders" to fill....and those will get everything but the "dips". It's been pretty well decided that if folks want them "dipped"....they can do it , themselves. There are quite a few (myself included !) who would rather NOT have them "dipped".........all the "bad guy" bacteria , spores, etc. , are already "everywhere", so "spreading them" is a moot point. The bleach...even a quick "dip and rinse" (which ,IMHO REALLY doesn't do much for prevention...you need a SOAK to allow the solution to get into all the nooks and crannies), causes *some* damage to the plant, and can affect the "bloom points" (or whatever you want to call them Shrug! ) on the rhizome, and that can affect both growth rates, as well as next season's bloom. I did an "experiment", last year, to test this "theory" (which was proposed by several noted hybridizers), and, I found that a 10 minute bleach soak, and a quick rinse, DID affect both plant growth, and bloom "depth of color" on this years "crop". So, again, it's "personal preference ......I know some folks soak everything, and, it's their garden, so they have that right! I figure, as long as I "specify" what I'VE dome, the rest is up to them Shrug!
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Jul 5, 2017 6:52 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
That is good to know, Arlyn. I knew a lot of people did use the bleach solutions to kill insects that might be on the iris. I have never done that for iris that go into my garden & never had a problem, knock on wood. Looking back, perhaps I was fortunate because I have traded quite often & never know the condition of iris that you may receive. I was not aware that it could affect the growth & bloom color next year, really interesting.
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Jul 5, 2017 7:11 AM CST
Name: Deborah
midstate South Carolina (Zone 8a)
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grannysgarden said:Thank you, Arlyn, for digging, labeling, washing, drying, trimming, packaging and shipping the irises only to get back your postage. A lot of work to make a lot of folks happy. Smiling


I agree with Bonnie and others. A person who goes to that extent must have a big heart and love to share with other gardeners, and it shows that you do. A big Thank You! You've made a lot of folks happy over the years, and this year is no exception. nodding May you be blessed. Hurray! Hurray!
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Jul 5, 2017 8:41 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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I don't use a bleach dip on irises. I wash them and rub all the soil of with my bare fingers. After they are dry I trim and inspect them again. If I were to feel any softness I would simply toss that one out. If there were any insects on them I would know it. I agree that diseases and bacteria are in the soil everywhere and with the right weather and temps can make it a hard year for irises. I once got a box from a noted vendor and upon opening it I could smell that there was a problem. I know the vendor washed, dried and checked the irises before shipping. For some reason unknown the bacteria began to grow on one rhizome during shipping... closed in a dark box in a hot truck?. Shrug! To each his own. Smiling
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Jul 5, 2017 12:04 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Let's talk trimming for a minute. There are two vendors that drive me crazy because they ship iris with little to no roots. Yes, most of these do just fine but it is a pain to plant them. I always leave a lot of roots on those I ship out. It there any pros or cons do doing so?
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Jul 5, 2017 12:11 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
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Leslie, I am in your camp on this one. I trim really long roots but a lot of times some of the roots arrive fresh enough to still be viable and if not are needed to anchor the rhizome until new roots grow.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Jul 5, 2017 1:27 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
I do what Bonnie said.
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Jul 5, 2017 2:11 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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roots need anchors in our climate.
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Jul 5, 2017 3:16 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I used to think," the more roots, the better !", and on irises that I'm moving around the yard...that are only out of the ground for a short while....I still think it ! But, on irises that have been "cured", for shipment, I really don't care HOW long they are....I've been trimming them to about 1 inch long before I plant. As Lucy said...they need an anchor ....and I use a landscape fabric staple (or bent chunk of wire) , for that. Why trim so short, you ask ? Well, my "dirt" is soft, and fluffy....great for carrots...not so good for irises ! Here's why.....when I plant in the "conventional way", even placing the rhizome completely on top of the soil , and "firming" and watering in....by next spring the rhizome will be *about* 3 inches below the soil surface......just where the "rot" can really get a hold on it ! So, I DON'T "disturb" the soil if I can help it....I "scratch" the surface with the edge of my trowel, set the rhizome down....and "pin it" to the ground! At the time when I'm planting most of the iris...the "new" roots are just beginning to form on the new increases, and the "old" roots(on the mother" are dying.....so that 1' trim isn't taking much, if any "new" root growth, and the "old roots" are only good as an "anchor".....and I use a different anchoring system Shrug!
Of all the planting methods I tried last year.....and considering I moved or planted, or treated, over 500 rhizomes......there were a LOT of different methods used!.....Pinning" them won out, hands down...both for survival rate, and speed.
That said...when I send rhizomes out, IF I trim roots at all, I try to leave 3-4 inches on the plant. After al, everybody has their "preference Sticking tongue out Shrug!

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