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May 25, 2018 12:14 PM CST
Name: Lyndylu
Oregon's high desert (Zone 5b)
In an attempt to remove poor soil and add better soil near the irises I purchased just last summer, I ran into a large rock that turned out to be right under an iris, and in removing the rock (bigger than my head), the iris came out as well. I am so bummed, because I really want to see the blossoms; it has about four buds that are ready to pop open. Because it has essentially been transplanted, I'm wondering if it is necessary to trim it back as I usually do for transplanting. Any thoughts?
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May 25, 2018 12:44 PM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Just quickly replant it and it should take off, don't let it dry out. If the talk is far enough along you can cut it and put it in a vase and it should open, although it's color may not be as bright.
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May 25, 2018 1:03 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
If you do decide to keep the stalk intact, weigh down the the iris so the wind and weight of the blooms don't cause the rhizome(s) to come out of the ground. I would also stake the bloom stalk(s) to give it some added support.
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May 25, 2018 4:34 PM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
I once had a bird break off a stalk with buds on it on an iris I had never seen before. I opened a bud and saw a tiny version of the flower inside. The colour and the pattern were all there. If buds fail to open after you replant your iris, open the bud and take a peek.
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May 29, 2018 9:53 AM CST
Name: Lyndylu
Oregon's high desert (Zone 5b)
Good news -- the blossoms survived, at least most of them. A yearling deer on a taste adventure, I suspect, came by and nibbled off the top bloom. If it weren't for the young deer checking out what's good and what isn't, "deer resistant" plants would have a better chance.

"Magical Encounter" is the iris that went through the uprooting and nibbling experience. She is supposed to be about three times this tall; I'm hoping the soil amendments will make a difference for next year. I bought her last summer from Shreiner's Iris Gardens, and I am glad the rhizomes I got from them were so sturdy and reproductive.
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May 29, 2018 10:26 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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May 29, 2018 5:56 PM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
I can see why you were keen to see this one. Thumbs up
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