Irises forum: How many varieties of iris do you grow?

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Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
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TBMan
Jul 10, 2018 11:26 PM CST
...... just curious to see if anyone else is terminal, like me. Currently sitting at 900+ cultivars myself -- mostly TBs but definitely looking to diversify into the medians, but I did get rid of a lot of older varieties. The topic question include any and all iris types.
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Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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Polymerous
Jul 10, 2018 11:27 PM CST
Nowhere near the number you grow, and I grow way too many.... How on earth do you take care of them all?!!
A 'Premonition of Spring' - PCI time already?!
Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
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TBMan
Jul 10, 2018 11:29 PM CST
Polymerous said:Nowhere near the number you grow, and I grow way too many.... How on earth do you take care of them all?!!

by the dint of terrific effort -- I get up and go to work and I come home and go to work D'Oh!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jul 11, 2018 12:35 AM CST
I have around 400...until the boxes start arriving. Big Grin
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Jul 11, 2018 12:41 AM CST
I've got somewhere in the neighborhood of 850 bearded Iris. Working on paring down that number some.. So far, I haven't been successful Hilarious!
When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Jul 11, 2018 12:52 AM CST
Hilarious! Sherry Big Grin
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
(Zone 9b)
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UndertheSun
Jul 11, 2018 3:15 AM CST
Since we keep ordering more irises and wanting the new ones every year, there's only one logical answer to that question.

-Not enough of them. Green Grin!
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Jul 11, 2018 5:34 AM CST
1149, as of this morning *Blush*
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Jul 11, 2018 5:54 AM CST
I am nearly at 1000, *Blush* Most than half are SDB's but i have some in all the bearded classes and a few in the beardless classes. I am sharing some of my older ones away to others who are iris guardians. I am at the point where many new ones look like ones I already grow. Shrug!

Timothy, I get up and go to work, pause, work, pause, work...... weeding is my form of exercise. I bend, pull, dig, heave, hoe, lift, load, carry, toss..... if it were an Olympic event I would bring home the gold! Thumbs up Hilarious!
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― Cicero
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
Jul 11, 2018 6:18 AM CST
Hilarious!
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
Jul 11, 2018 2:05 PM CST
You ARE the gold, Bonnie ! Hurray!
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
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janwax
Jul 11, 2018 2:13 PM CST
I'm having to face the fact that I have TOO MANY IRISES! My plant list says I have more than 750, but some have died or disappeared. My husband wants to severely limit the amount of water devoted to flowers. We have issues. Angry He's growing enough cucumbers for an army! - and we know they love water. On the other hand, he sometimes does a lot for the irises.
However, when I dig up an iris and see that the dry roots don't look healthy to me,
I get annoyed
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
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Polymerous
Jul 11, 2018 3:49 PM CST
What's your soil like, Jan? Ours is horrible acid clay in at least some places here, and in those spots the irises don't do as well in it as ones grown in pots; when you dig them up, there are hardly any roots. (There are other places in the garden, though, where the irises are doing fine, even though the soil has a lot of clay there, too. Shrug! )
A 'Premonition of Spring' - PCI time already?!
Name: DaisyDo
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
DaisyDo
Jul 11, 2018 5:06 PM CST
Yeah, we have acid clay (and rocks) in the piedmont area of Maryland, but irises do fine here. We get lots of rain in the spring, but summers tend to be hot and dry. Our winters can be cold. Seems like it's always either too hot or too cold, but that doesn't seem to faze the irises. Borers are the worst problem we face here.
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
Jul 11, 2018 6:05 PM CST
I have 80 named bearded iris, 2 species, 2 reticulatas, 4 dutch iris plus one Californian which should arrive any day now. I also have 84 seedlings. It's amazing how many irises one can cram into a suburban garden.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
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janwax
Jul 11, 2018 6:41 PM CST
Wow...84 seedlings! A spring to look forward to, Robin!

I'm halfway hoping that some of my pods are empty,
and may skip making crosses next year. Whistling
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
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janwax
Jul 11, 2018 6:44 PM CST
It's definitely clay, Marilyn, and we've done some amendments. I'm lobbying
for a drip system. Angel
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
Jul 11, 2018 7:14 PM CST
A spring to look forward to in a year or two. There's only a few seedlings which look mature enough to bloom this year.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jul 11, 2018 7:25 PM CST
After a hard spring where heavy rains killed many, I have about 850 iris. All types of bearded then JI's, LA's, and a few Species X and Sibs. And about 100 ordered. If I didn't work all week it is scary what I might end up with. Already have a hard time keeping up.
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Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Jul 11, 2018 8:45 PM CST
Leslie, I'll give them a good home.

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