Texas Gardening forum: Iris - plant now or wait till fall?

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Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
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piksihk
Aug 12, 2017 10:35 AM CST
I ordered a box from the Historical Iris Society and so excited but now what do I do now?
Should I plant now or wait till fall? Advice, iris growers.
While the earth remains, Seed time and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease. Gen. 8:22
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Aug 12, 2017 10:54 AM CST
I would plant now. Just be careful about watering after the initial replanting of the rhizomes. They more than likely won't need it and it could cause rot if there's any damage from being dug and shipped. When they recover and are showing active growth, they'll be safer. You may live in an area where the natural rainfall is sufficient most of the time. The excessive heat in Texas is the problem. If you can devise a way to give them some shade until the roots get established it would probably be helpful. You may live in a region where the normal rainfall is enough anyway.

An alternative would be to start them off in a pot which is kept in a shady spot and wait 'til it's cooler and then transplant to their permanent location when it's cooler. Here I've often used the potting method because it's easier to protect them from the heat and sun and because it's easier on me Smiling . Usually lots of healthy roots by the time they get in the permanent location. But I live in a very hot, very sunny and usually dry part of Texas.

I would not leave them unplanted and stored. They are alive and it's an unnatural state for them to be in. The sooner they are able to start active growth - whether roots or fans - the better off they will be IMO.

Good luck!
Donald
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Aug 12, 2017 11:06 AM CST
I've also had luck starting them in pots. One of my favorite local nurseries sells some in pots (not exclusively).

But my only concern would be determining when it's fall.
Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Composter Butterflies Bookworm Bluebonnets Daylilies
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piksihk
Aug 14, 2017 11:01 AM CST
I will place them in pots as suggested. Will have to maneuver plants around to found suitable spots for them.
@tx_flower_child Fall could be in late Nov. here. Thanks @needrain

While the earth remains, Seed time and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease. Gen. 8:22
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Aug 14, 2017 11:19 AM CST
Betsy, I'll third the idea of potting, particularly for the reasons Donald mentioned. Easier for me to give them some initial TLC, they develop nice root systems, and planting in cooler weather is better for the plants AND for me. Big Grin One year I had nearly 100 rhizomes potted waiting for disposition. Some stayed in those pots well into the next year. The fans didn't grow much, but, my goodness, the roots were spectacular! Hilarious!
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North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Aug 14, 2017 9:01 PM CST
@lovemyhouse — One year? Heck. I'll match that and raise it by 2 more.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
Aug 15, 2017 8:33 AM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
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