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Feb 26, 2012 7:26 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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I have Dutch Iris folliage which is about as tall as it ever gets already growing now. What actually happened is that really, really late last fall or early winter the folliage started to grow and has been growing all winter. They were supposed to start growing in the spring but that shows you what an unusual winter it was here. Mild for winter and no snow. So of course I am wondering if the fact that the leaves have been up all winter will make any difference as to if and when I will get blooms.

These are from bulbs that I planted not this past Fall but the year before that so these Dutch Iris are on their second year. I know from asking about Dutch Iris before that there was no guarantee that they would not die out after year one but it seems that they are still alive. So I hope they bloom but of course blooms come much latter in the spring. Last year I had folliage for what seemed like forever before they bloomed. I was waiting and waiting and watching and then finially the bloom stakes appeared as if by magic just about overnight. Then they bloomed really beautifully and I had these big clusters of blooms. Those blooms on them really are just too beautiful.

I had thought to plant some more this past fall but I never did so maybe I can plant more this fall.
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Feb 26, 2012 9:00 PM CST
Name: Annette
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Hey Rita, for the second year in a row my Dutch iris have also grown in the fall, remained green all winter, not phased by the cold at all, and bloomed fine in the early spring. They even made it through our big snow storm in January last year.
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Feb 26, 2012 9:19 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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That us really good to know. The first fall I planted them they did not come up right away in the fall. Not sure exactly when they did start growing as it was a winter with lots of snow. But when the snow disappeared there was the green growing Dutch Iris folliage so obviously it had been there under the snow.
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Feb 26, 2012 9:32 PM CST
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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Not at all unusual here. They go dormant and lose their foliage in mid to late summer and come up again with the fall and winter rains. My lowest temperatures have been a couple of days of near 20F.
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Feb 26, 2012 10:09 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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But we usually have a real winter here were it is cold and snowey. Only this year it never happened. It might get colder for a day or two but then the temps would go up over freezing again. Lots of rain this entire winter but no snow.
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Feb 27, 2012 5:09 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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I planted some Dutch iris this last fall. I noticed around mid-December that they were up about an inch, now they are up about 4/5 inches, and we just had a couple of days in the low teens. Good to know that this is kind of how they grow, and that they should do ok with this wierd winter. My resurrection Lilies are coming up, of course tulips and daff's are poking out of the ground too, and I noticed my sedum is showing too. This is February in Wisconsin! Very unusual. I noticed the leaf buds on the maples are swelling getting ready to sprount leaves as well. I hope the apples, peaches, and apricots don't bloom too early and get frozen.
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Feb 27, 2012 12:29 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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I am glad I posted as I had no idea it was normal for them to start growing way before spring. How strange!
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Feb 27, 2012 2:57 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Mar 26, 2012 11:32 AM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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The Dutch Iris growing between the Tall Bearded Iris plants in the mid backyard bed is doing very well. This is the second spring for those dutch iris.
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Mar 26, 2012 1:31 PM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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I planted some duch iris last year, and they all seem to look good, but only foliage so far. Since I've never had them before, I was wondering if they send up bloom stalks later? or am I only going to get leaves this year? They're about a foot tall now.
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Apr 15, 2012 1:04 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Hurray, today I spotted bloom stalks coming up on a few of the Dutch Iris. The ones looking to bloom are some that are in between my TB iris in the mid backyard TB iris bed.

I planted my DR two years ago, nothing last fall. But I have already ordered more from Brent&Beckies and intend to get more yet. I have decided on were to put some new ones.
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Apr 16, 2012 7:33 AM CST
Name: Cherie or CeCe Coogan
Wisconsin USA (Zone 5b)
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I just Saturday received from Brent and Beckies 10 Eye of the Tiger bulbs, which have sprouted already on a few of them. I was wondering, how deep should I plant these? Sprout out of the soil, or buried. I'm really excited for I am planting these by my pond. The last Dutch Iris I planted never came up from the get go. I'm thinking animals as when I got to checking, not bulbs in there.

And yes this has been a very Weird February in WI...................33 tonight and 35 tomorrow night. Go figure.
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Apr 16, 2012 8:02 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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Cherie,

Dutch iris are not hardy here for me. So, that may be why yours didn't come up before.

You're going to have to plant them with the very top of the sprout out of the soil. The ones they haven't sprouted plant 4-5 inches deep.
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Apr 16, 2012 8:34 AM CST
Name: Cherie or CeCe Coogan
Wisconsin USA (Zone 5b)
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Oh they're hardy next door,
She has a Caesars Brother Blue or something like that. She's dividing some time today and giving me half Green Grin!

Thanks for the advice. Will do so when it isn't raining and threatening to blow my butt into Lake Michigan.
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Apr 16, 2012 8:43 AM CST
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Dutch Iris are hardy here....Zone 5B....I like the bloom but think the foliage is messy. Cherie...I'm sure Polly will tell you but Caesars Brother is a Siberian. I'm always learning.....slowly. Confused
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Apr 16, 2012 9:50 AM CST
Name: Cherie or CeCe Coogan
Wisconsin USA (Zone 5b)
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oh, my bad............My favorites are the tall bearded. I am just learning about the others, Okay one is Siberian and one I ordered is dutch. I am slowly learning as well. Thank you
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Apr 16, 2012 6:29 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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No bad. Except to say your favorites are tall bearded. Isn't anyone here a beardless lover? Geesh guys. Yes, Caesars Brother is a siberian and the Eye Of Tiger is Dutch. Normally they sell the Dutch in the fall.

They die every year here. I tried them a few different years. So maybe it's the snow cover we have, Paul? Normally we don't get rid of the snow until the middle of April. That might just be too late for them.
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Apr 16, 2012 9:31 PM CST
Name: Cherie or CeCe Coogan
Wisconsin USA (Zone 5b)
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well thn maybe those won't work here either. Oh well it was buy 5 get 5 more for as penny so if they don't oh well.
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Apr 17, 2012 6:58 AM CST
Name: Jerry
Salem, IL
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I have about a half dozen of these planted in the border of a tulip/daffodil bed and they are perennial. I do not pay that much attention to them but it seems they are green most of the winter much like our wild onions/garlic. Perhaps the long snow cover smothers them, not because of the temp.
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Apr 25, 2012 12:10 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Almost ready to start bloom. At least on a few of them!


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