Irises forum: Watering Irises

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Name: Sherri Page
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SherriRaye
Aug 14, 2017 9:50 AM CST
I've just added a new iris bed to my garden and am going to be planting several new plants. What do you suggest for how often I should water the irises to help their roots get a good start?
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Aug 14, 2017 4:54 PM CST
I usually water once a day if the weather is hot, or every other day if not too hot unless it rains. I quit that when I can gently tug on the iris and the roots hold it in place. That tells me it's root system is developed enough to find water. However this year we have been getting a lot of rain.
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Name: Sherri Page
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SherriRaye
Aug 14, 2017 7:32 PM CST
tveguy3 said:I usually water once a day if the weather is hot, or every other day if not too hot unless it rains. I quit that when I can gently tug on the iris and the roots hold it in place. That tells me it's root system is developed enough to find water. However this year we have been getting a lot of rain.


Thanks for your help. I've been having trouble getting my irises to increase and bloom and I've tried everything. This year I decided the cause might be lack of water. I always hear that irises like it dry so I haven't watered much other than what we get from the frequent rains. So this year I'm watering more often.

It's been unusually dry here in Seattle.
Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Aug 15, 2017 8:02 AM CST
Irises like a good soak at least once a week unless it is very dry then they like two.

People often mistake 'dry tolerant' for 'dry loving'. Irises do not love being dry, they just hate sitting in wet or soggy soil.

You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Sherri Page
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SherriRaye
Aug 15, 2017 10:15 AM CST
IrisLilli said:Irises like a good soak at least once a week unless it is very dry then they like two.

People often mistake 'dry tolerant' for 'dry loving'. Irises do not love being dry, they just hate sitting in wet or soggy soil.



Thanks, Lilli. It's so helpful to be able to ask my questions and get responses from such experienced iris growers. And it's fun having someone to talk to about my favorite subject. I'm so fortunate to have come across NGA.
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grannysgarden
Aug 15, 2017 10:52 AM CST
Lilli said it perfectly. If you see the tips of your iris leaves turning brown they need water. No new leaves..... they need water. Irises are drought tolerant which means they will live through dry conditions. However, they will not thrive under very dry conditions. Newly planted irises need watering frequently for a week or two and perhaps more if the water is not soaking deeply enough. Smiling
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Name: Sherri Page
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SherriRaye
Aug 15, 2017 1:54 PM CST
grannysgarden said:Lilli said it perfectly. If you see the tips of your iris leaves turning brown they need water. No new leaves..... they need water. Irises are drought tolerant which means they will live through dry conditions. However, they will not thrive under very dry conditions. Newly planted irises need watering frequently for a week or two and perhaps more if the water is not soaking deeply enough. Smiling


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