Irises forum: I give up

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Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
Near Seattle
Bookworm Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Plays in the sandbox Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter
Winter Sowing
Oct 13, 2017 10:14 AM CST
So maybe 5-7 years ago I got all excited and ordered lots of fancy irises from Schreiners. However with just a few exceptions, they did not do well in my yard, I think it's a combination of clay soil, more shade than they like, lack of summer water (ie my neglect). Most are still struggling along. Some of them get this weird thing (disease?) where the leaves die back from the tips and get brown and limp which looks bad. Just yesterday I decided to get rid of one that truly is in an inhospitable place and is really ugly. I think I will get rid of a bunch more too. I know that summer is the usual time to divide. It has not frosted here yet, and everything is still green. Can they be transplanted at this time of year? Would anyone want them? Could the leaves be chopped off and roots mailed? I bet if it was just roots I could fit a lot in a box.
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
Oct 13, 2017 10:23 AM CST
You would ship them "bare root". Anyone getting them would most likely pot them up. It can be done.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Oct 13, 2017 10:27 AM CST
Don't cut the leaves all the way off though. Leave about 2 or three inches of them to help them to grow when replanted.
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Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
Oct 13, 2017 5:14 PM CST
Sorry to hear that they didn't thrive for you Mary Sad
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Irises Ponds Orchids
Oct 13, 2017 5:41 PM CST
Sorry that you didn't have a good experience. Wish there's something I could do to change that for ya.
Name: Ian McBeth
Lincoln NE (Zone 5b)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis Irises
Oct 15, 2017 7:59 PM CST
Sorry about the irises Mary, I feel so bad for you. Sad Why should you give up? Do you have any other sunny places on your property where you can grow them. I have some rhizomes on some of my irises that are starting to decompose but are still growing. Strange eh? I transplanted some this late late summer, early fall, and on one of mine I counted about 15 baby irises growing on one main iris rhizome. I hope they will turn out great next year. I am worried that some might not grow next spring, because I was in a hurry to transplant some of them. But they managed to grow and redeveloped their roots. That's the one thing I think is strange about Irises. They can be smashed completely and still manage to grow back, or be planted strange and still grow. But anyways, like you said, since your irises aren't doing so well, they might need a new home. My advice to you is instead of getting rid of them, maybe keep some behind in a different spot on your property where it is sunny because they might turn out better next year. Here in Nebraska the weather has been weird for this past week, it has gotten down in the low 30s and in the afternoons close to the 80s. I am so glad my daylilies and irises haven't gotten frost bit yet. I hope yours don't yer either.

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