Irises forum: Bearded iris in So. Cal

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San Diego, CA
Nov 18, 2017 9:46 PM CST
Getting started with bearded iris in containers. Any advice or tips?
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
Nov 18, 2017 11:05 PM CST
Daphne @shizen lives in San Diego, I'm sure she will pop in soon.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
Nov 18, 2017 11:07 PM CST
Welcome! to the forum Imarth49 Welcome!
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
Nov 19, 2017 12:43 AM CST
Welcome! lmarth49
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Nov 19, 2017 2:32 AM CST
Welcome! @imarth39. glad you joined us in this lovely, lively, informative forum.

i had a whole typed page, but before i could post it, my post was obliterated and so i won't try to create it again. just a short background info: i started this iris journey in socal in 2016, but my prior 40 + years experience with irises had been in norcal (which was a whole different ball game).

but the short of it, my irises grow stronger roots if potted a season before rather than planting directly into the ground. i have sandy soil and my irises in ground need to be watered and fed more frequently than most others in this forum (it seems). the sandy soil holds neither well.

i used commercially prepared bagged soil from far it's been the most cost effective soil that has worked well. i also bought soil from a large commercial nursery in our area , but found that soil didn't work as well.

initially, amendments that i added to the potted soil were monophosphate, iron, sulfur, and humic acid. i also tested ph in garden and found that my soil was quite alkaline, as is our water. but your area in s.d. might be very different. so i would advise you to have your garden soil tested before jumping in as i did. (if you are planning to transfer your plants at some later date?) however, if you are planning pot culture only i must warn you, that you'll have to divide every year or every other year depending on pot size. we are fortunate that our growing season is longer than others in [th]is forum, but it also means that our irises can increase for longer periods. (edited to correct typo)

subsequently, many rhizomes that i planted last year will soon have to be repotted even though they were planted in 10 and 15 gallon containers.

moreover, i didn't do a scientific evaluation of pot bloom versus in garden bloom, but i think my potted irises did slightly better than the ones planted directly into the ground.

the san diego iris society meets once-a-month in lakeside, and has been very informative Hilarious! a great place to start for local information.

i have not been able to follow many of their garden practices because most members have very different climate conditions. most live inland where the temperature variables are more extreme than mine. so, this past year has been one of trial and error for me.

for more details, you can t-mail me.
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Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Seed Starter Winter Sowing Bee Lover Dog Lover Region: Europe
Nov 19, 2017 4:17 AM CST
Welcome! to the iris forum!
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Nov 19, 2017 10:48 AM CST
Welcome Imarth Welcome! Welcome!
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Garden Photography Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Pollen collector Dog Lover
Moon Gardener Irises Heucheras Vegetable Grower Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Nov 19, 2017 12:49 PM CST
Welcome, Imarth - I hope you enjoy our merry little band! Welcome!

I grow most of my irises in containers, but I'm up in Northern CA, which (as Daphne said) is a whole different ball game.

Good luck with your irises!
A 'Premonition of Spring' - PCI time already?!
Name: Ian McBeth
Lincoln NE (Zone 5b)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis Irises
Nov 20, 2017 11:23 AM CST
Welcome! Imarth! I hope you enjoy the iris forums and exploring the NGA!
AKA: these people on the iris forums are very nice, funny, and post a lot of neat things. So, stick around a while. Well, maybe not now, but the spring and summer because there is a lot of action then. Big Grin
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: United States of America Irises Region: Southwest Gardening Dog Lover
Nov 20, 2017 11:27 AM CST
Welcome! Imarth49
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies Cat Lover
Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
Nov 25, 2017 8:24 PM CST
Welcome! Imarth49! Smiling

Tell us a little about yourself.

I live in northern California so my climate would be different than yours.

Did you just move to San Diego? Or have you lived there a long time?

Will you be keeping your irises in pots? Do you have large pots?

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