Irises forum: Siberian Iris problem

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joannakat
May 30, 2018 11:34 AM CST
I recently purchased a Siberian Iris root and after asking for a lot of advice, planted it in a pot with a high-quality potting soil that is supposed to be slightly acidic. I even mixed some washed sand in so that it would not get soggy. After an acceptable amount of time, I began to see growth.

At some point, maybe about a week or so ago, it pretty much stopped growing and the leaves began to droop. One of them began to turn yellow and spiral and today, is even worse than before. I'm afraid I've done something wrong and am very sad that I'm not seeing flowers.

The pot has great drainage and is even on something that keeps it off the deck surface so that water can drain well.

I'm in zone 5b.

Can anyone please advise? Even if I don't get flowers this year, I'm hoping to be able to save the plant and replant it in the garden this fall.

Any and all advice will be more than welcome.

Original root:
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As of a few days ago:
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Today:
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I posted about this in the Iris forum, but haven't had any replies. I am very sad and really want to save this plant. I hope someone can help.

AKA Joey.
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sooby
May 30, 2018 11:45 AM CST
Is there any chance it is too dry? Is the pot light for its size when you lift it? It's a plant that grows in damp places and pond edges. Maybe it would be better off planted in the ground now.
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joannakat
May 30, 2018 11:55 AM CST
The pot doesn't feel light or heavy, and the soil feels moist to the touch but when I squish it in my hand and then release, it doesn't hold its shape.

Should I keep it very wet for the next few days? I'm reluctant to transplant if it's struggling, especially since it's neither spring nor fall right now.

I also didn't feed it because the potting soil is supposed to include fertilizer. Should I maybe feed it now?
AKA Joey.
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
May 30, 2018 12:04 PM CST
I wouldn't fertilize it, it's highly unlikely that's its problem. I wouldn't keep it very wet, if you're sure it's not too dry and you don't want to plant it in the garden (less stressful than being in a pot) about all I can think of that you could do is wait it out.
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joannakat
May 30, 2018 12:15 PM CST
So transplanting now would be less stressful than keeping it in the pot?
AKA Joey.
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joannakat
Jun 1, 2018 11:37 AM CST
sooby said:Is there any chance it is too dry? Is the pot light for its size when you lift it? It's a plant that grows in damp places and pond edges. Maybe it would be better off planted in the ground now.


@sooby, looks like you may have been right! I watered it thoroughly and today, it's looking a lot better. I'll keep a close eye on it and hopefully, all will be well.

I'm not really expecting any flowers this season....will transplant in the fall and see how it does.

Thanks very much for the advice. Thumbs up

AKA Joey.
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
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MindiHammerstone
Jun 1, 2018 11:55 AM CST
Great to hear!! Good luck!!! 🍀

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Mindi

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