Irises forum: Pacifica Iris?

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Rebekah
Aug 5, 2017 11:38 AM CST
I would just like to learn a bit about these guys and if anyone has experience with them and are there are any vendors who focus on growing Pacific Iris? There doesn't seem to have anywhere near the same level of interest for these guys as there are for the beards, so I'm just wondering is it the location of most Iris enthusiasts? Do Pacific Iris take up lots of room for few flowers? Is their season really short? Have the hybridizers not really focused to much on them? Is it their growing zones the limiting factor?
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iciris
Aug 5, 2017 11:52 AM CST
http://www.leonineiris.com/l9i...

This web site has a bit of information on them. Joe Ghio does a lot of hybridizing with them also.
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KentPfeiffer
Aug 7, 2017 11:47 AM CST

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The main reason you don't see as much interest in Pacificas is that they tolerate a fairly narrow range of climatic conditions. They need cool, wet winters and warm, very dry summers. Basically, the climate of the Pacific Northwest, coastal California, and a limited number of other places scattered around the globe.

I'd love to grow them, but they can't survive the winters here or, most years, the summers either.
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Rebekah
Aug 10, 2017 11:01 AM CST
Thanks iciris and Kent 🙂
I figured the range must be one of the main reasons it. I just find it odd I live in the Pacific Northwest and I really haven't seen them.... well only once in an Iris club's garden.
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evelyninthegarden
Aug 10, 2017 12:30 PM CST
Well, if we ever move to the Oregon coast, I would probably want to focus more on them. I really never knew they came in such a range of colors.

For now, living inland at 3500' in elevation, I will stick with tall beardeds. I like some of the others as well, but my main focus will be on tall beardeds since I want to do some interbreeding.
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Rebekah
Aug 10, 2017 1:21 PM CST
I like the tall beards too Evelyn Big Grin such a great spectrum of colors. I just recently kind of discovered the Pacificas and realized how hard it is to find them. There only seems to be one local vendor ( who Iciris mentioned) who focuses on them. I checked their list and they seem to mostly be out but the local iris club will be having a sale this Saturday and they mentioned they will have some so fingers crossed Crossing Fingers!
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Aug 10, 2017 2:20 PM CST

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Rebekah said:I just find it odd I live in the Pacific Northwest and I really haven't seen them.... well only once in an Iris club's garden.


Well, size might be a factor as well. They are relatively small, most of them seem to be somewhere between 6 and 18 inches tall.

Irises are very commonly grown around here. Obviously, no one grows Pacificas, but they could grow Standard Dwarf Bearded Irises. Even though SDBs are far more easily grown than TBs here, frankly, I hardly ever see them in other people's gardens. Even Intermediate Bearded Irises, which were practically invented in Nebraska through the Sass brothers' efforts to create irises that are better suited to local climate than TBs, aren't seen much.

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Lestv
Aug 11, 2017 11:45 AM CST
That is interesting Kent, because when I go home to Michigan now I notice that lots of people have large plantings of the SDB's in the verge between the street and the sidewalk. It looks really nice.
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Rebekah
Aug 12, 2017 7:30 PM CST
😕 no luck, no Pacifics but there were plenty of nice people and I Added five more Irises to my garden Rolling my eyes. Silverado, champange girl, ginger swirl, martel and Staring

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