Irises forum: Tips on growing bearded iris in the southwest

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Name: Josh Segoviano
El paso (Zone 8b)
Overgrown_suncity
Jul 15, 2017 8:28 PM CST
I wish to grow amazing iris any tips for a grower in the southwest
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Jul 15, 2017 9:51 PM CST
there are several iris members from your area, perhaps they will chime in?
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
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IrisLilli
Jul 16, 2017 5:19 AM CST
I'm sure they will! Thumbs up
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: United States of America Irises Region: Southwest Gardening Dog Lover
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GreenIris
Jul 16, 2017 5:45 AM CST
Josh: I have been growing Irises for about 7 years now. I wont say I grow amazing Irises but they grow good enough. Probably the only thing I have seen that I have to do much different than most the country is I do have to be careful what gardens I grow the SDB/MDB's in. I have to put them in a garden with only part day morning sun.

Also, almost all my Irises start getting brown tipped leaves in the hottest parts of Summer from the heat and in extreme cases one or two might lose all its leaves. But in the fall they resume growing well, start hibernating again in Winter and then in Spring emerge with lush beautiful foliage and flowers.

That said, my bloom rate ranges in the 45 to 60% range per year. I have not been able to join a local Iris club due to family schedule conflicts but still hope to at some point. But if you have time, I would say they or their websites will give the best local advice.
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: United States of America Irises Region: Southwest Gardening Dog Lover
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GreenIris
Jul 16, 2017 6:04 AM CST
Josh: Also I am fairly new to this site. (1 year) so you may have been on here before and I missed you but if not... Welcome! The expertise on this site in general is amazing and Me and my Irises are blessed by all the wisdom shared here. They have sure helped me grow more amazing Irises than what I had before watching this forum.
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
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
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grannysgarden
Jul 16, 2017 9:24 AM CST
I think it is Blue J. Iris that is moving all (or most?) of its iris stock to El Paso and expects to be open for business in 2018. Josh if that is the case you will have a wonderful iris vendor near you. And Welcome! to the iris forum. Stick around and let us know all about your progress. Smiling
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Josh Segoviano
El paso (Zone 8b)
Overgrown_suncity
Jul 17, 2017 2:55 PM CST
Does blue j iris have a website
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
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
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grannysgarden
Jul 17, 2017 3:56 PM CST
Yes. On this iris forum at the top if the first page is vendors. In that thread the first page has the listed alphabetically. Click in the Blue J link. Smiling
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jul 18, 2017 3:47 AM CST
I have some friends in the Phoenix area and I sent them some irises a few years ago. Everyone there said it was a waste of their time to try to grow them there. The soil was so bad there that they dug huge holes and filled them with top soil. I recommended that they cover the rhizomes with mulch to protect them from the intense heat, and plant them where they would only get morning sun. They have had some success with them, at least until last summer when they had record high temps. They lost a few. I think she waters them every other day. I am going to send them some more this fall, around September when the temps are cooler.
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