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

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Name: Liz
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Dachsylady86
Jul 25, 2018 10:00 AM CST
I have a notebook, spreadsheet through excel, and the online database through this site. Personally I like the notebook the best. It's where my creative juices flow for crosses and hybridizing notes. I also record my orders and bonuses in the notebook.
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Jul 25, 2018 11:34 AM CST
I have several notebooks as well. The first one is a consolidation of the irises for the year, after the lists of each order and trades received as well as bonuses.

Then I flush out the genetics of each Iris, as well as list, if known, how many child plants and if it was the pod and/or pollen parent, as some are equal and others predominantly pod or pollen, as that can save time wasted doing the opposite to it's nature. (I think that is known as a run-on sentence!) Whistling

Of course many of the newer ones do not yet have a history,

The next one is a pollenizing notebook. Also, I include the genetic background, so I can learn as I go which makes a good match.

All of this I rather time-consuming, but it fills the winter hours while there is snow on the ground or raining "cats and dogs"!!!

Needless to say, I am not caught up on everything as I ordered WAY too much this year. I am thinking already of which ones will be eventually rehomed. And I am only on my second year. My pot ghetto is huge, and more coming in. More beds need to be dug.

Last year, in the Iris Garden Bed #1, I dug 2 beds for each one planted, so I actually have some extra beds there already. They are relatively small beds, as I am digging much larger beds now.

Still, my plan now is to pot everything up before planting out in fall.
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Lestv
Jul 25, 2018 11:35 AM CST
No spreadsheet, just lists in wordperfect by year, type, name, where I got it. And maps of all gardens. And my plant list. As I don't have lots of crosses or seedlings I haven't gone all fancy.
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Name: Charlotte
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cbunny41
Aug 16, 2018 11:12 PM CST
I believe I have more than 400 before I plant this year's purchases which are over 100. I need to check against my maps and see what I lost last year. Some were potted up but lost some of those and others since bloom time.
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janwax
Aug 16, 2018 11:34 PM CST
My plant list says I have about 750, but I know I've lost some and haven't take them off the list, and there are some noids, due to tag failure, so to be on the safe side I'd say there are
about 600 named varieties planted in my garden and about 40 with name tags on the deck still to be planted. This isn't
counting duplicates and a expanding bed of roughly 25 seedling crosses from last year.
I keep a notebook, and am waiting for the weather to cool off a bit before I make another stab at making maps!
Crosses are noted carefully.
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AndreaD
Aug 16, 2018 11:58 PM CST
I have about 160, counting orders which haven't arrived yet. At this point, I have all that I have room for. Crying
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creativeclover
Aug 17, 2018 2:54 AM CST
I have 60 all together. Most of them added oved the past month.
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AndreaD
Aug 17, 2018 12:00 PM CST
creativeclover said:I have 60 all together. Most of them added oved the past month.


That's great. You'll have lots of new to you blooms next spring!
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creativeclover
Aug 17, 2018 12:05 PM CST
I should have a colorful spring.
Name: Timothy
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TBMan
Aug 17, 2018 2:14 PM CST
TBMan said:...... 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.


...... sigh, I knew I just couldn't help it. Crying Sad Irises are a total opioid for me. Back up to 1100 varieties with the new additions this year. Dangit!

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Polymerous
Aug 17, 2018 3:33 PM CST
I feel your pain, Tim - just not on anything as large a scale as yours. (Currently at 211 TBs, 15 other beardeds, and a variety of shade tolerant irises. D'Oh! )

This winter I'm going to have to come up with some sort of sane and reasonable metric to help me decide what bearded irises to let go. (A.M.s only doesn't cut it - there are lots of nice H.M.s, and of course the newer irises are potential winners too.)

At least I think I've found a spot to put one of my I. japonica cultivars. There's been dieback on one shady end of my House Hell Strip (so-called because the soil is horrible compacted clay, and the location is either too shady, or too sunny/hot/dry, or too overrun with Penstemon 'Garnet' and/or volunteer oregano). It's probably due to another cracked/leaking pipe (is my guess; the irrigation system, while intelligent enough to alert on clogged or blown valves or majorly broken pipes, can't seem to find/register/signal these lesser leaks). So I'll have to sic my garden helpers on it, and once we've fixed things up (and worked on the soil a bit), I can plant there. Crossing Fingers! that tree roots won't be a problem at that end, though it is certainly a possibility. (No, bearded irises don't really do well there (in the sunnier parts of that strip); in fact I'm going to have to dig out those three older cultivars this summer and pot them. Two of them will probably go in next year's club sale; I may keep part of the third.)
A 'Premonition of Spring' - PCI time already?!
Name: Scott
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BlueFlagFan
Aug 17, 2018 7:41 PM CST
I'm at about 350. I've *only* added about 60 this year so far, but I culled 10-20 NOIDs that were quite blah... a bunch of selfs that were likely from the 50s-70s. Sunday is our club's potluck picnic / swap, so I'm sure I'll end up with a couple more new ones.
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Name: Liz
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Dachsylady86
Aug 17, 2018 8:46 PM CST
After this ordering season I'm in the 1500s.
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Aug 17, 2018 10:10 PM CST
I will be at around 300! That is really shocking to me. This is my second year. I hope I don't find any more that I want....I just wanted to make new ones, but then I found so many that had the right traits. I will be divesting myself of some that want irises for postage. I think I will be like Marilyn, if I chose what goes, they don't have to pay.

This year I received a lot of irises that I did not request, bonuses and extras. Most are nice, but not what I wanted.
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Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
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Polymerous
Aug 17, 2018 10:23 PM CST
I have trouble letting even the bonuses go, Evelyn (unless I somehow get more than one of the same bonus, then I'm good).
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Name: Monty Riggles
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UndyingLight
Aug 17, 2018 11:03 PM CST
I am new here, but my tiny line-up pales in comparison to some of y'all here.

I only just recently got some rebloomers from some fantastic folks (which I am very stoked about - never had rebloomers before), and there have been some from dried root and flowering planter from both Lowes and Walmart.

If I counted every breed I remember seeing or will see (hopefully) at least once, I'd have 22

18 tall bearded
2 standard dwarf
2 intermediate
1 border bearded
7 of which are rebloomers

Unfortunately, not all have returned. There have been some losses from every Lowes plant I got (transplanting went wrong sadly), which was four. The specimens from Walmart were three, but they have not bloomed yet as they were bought last year. (They did look quite healthy though, even after being constantly plucked up by some goofy chickens).

I only just recently got some rebloomers, so they obviously have not bloomed yet, seven different cultivars. I also have a friend who gracefully gave me two new types of tall bearded, so on top of rebloomers, I have some new colours to look forward too! In reality, of the 20 or so I have seen, only about five (which were originally here) bloom every year, and some even semi-annually or less.
Come later in this year, and next year, I am very much hoping to see some new iris types bloom in my gardens. I cannot wait!

I'd one day love to be one who owns 900 different varieties, or 700 or 2,000, but I am only just now getting started, haha.

Now, if we were talking about the quantity of rhizomes with fans, I'd probably have around 750-1,000 (uncounted as there are far too many to even keep track of).

We'll miss ya, Lilly.

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Name: Barbara
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iciris
Aug 17, 2018 11:40 PM CST
Welcome! Jack Welcome!
Stick around here and before you know it your numbers will be in the hundreds. It happened to a lot of us.
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Name: Monty Riggles
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UndyingLight
Aug 18, 2018 12:24 AM CST
Thank you for the warm welcome! I am very excited to be here already.

Okay, I've been curious for awhile, but does this bearded iris look any way familiar to y'all? I've never seen it on the web, and never outside in real life unlike so many others.

I figure there is a chance that some of our irises cross bred, and the white irises that used to be here, have since vanished, and this "new" iris has come and taken its place. The standards are white, and the falls, the lower half have mostly white, but towards the top of the falls, there's large streaks or lines of a beige-ish tan colour which unmistakenly looks exactly like the most abundant coloured iris in my garden. It has very beautiful orange beards, and has many of the same characteristics as the tan ones. Take a peek! Smiling
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Now compare it directly to the tan irises we have:
This 'new' iris:
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The tan iris:
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What do you think? I couldn't have cross-bred them because I haven't even tried until this year (which, sadly, did not work, the two that DID take got destroyed before the seeds could fully mature. I will not give up!)
I suppose cross-pollination from bees and other flying insects could have done so as well.

If it so happens that this is a cross pollination, and this particular iris isn't "found", that would be mind-blowing to me as I have always wanted to start hybridizing. Why not start with me not even attempting? If it happens to be an iris specimen that is already named and sold, I would absolutely love to get some more some day as I really love the look of these. Thanks, y'all!



We'll miss ya, Lilly.

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Name: Liz
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Dachsylady86
Aug 18, 2018 8:03 AM CST
evelyninthegarden said:

This year I received a lot of irises that I did not request, bonuses and extras. Most are nice, but not what I wanted.


I got so many generous bonus irises thisyear, maybe more than last year. Some were doubles or even triples, most were spectacular, but others were ones that I didn't care for very much. I ended up regifting a good amount to my barn vet who recently got the iris virus. It's nice to be able to pass them along to someone else who will appreciate them more. Do you know anyone who would want them Evelyn?
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lovemyhouse
Aug 18, 2018 8:16 AM CST
Another option is donating the rhizomes. For example, I send most of my extras and rehomes to my local community garden for their annual fund-raising sale. And, someone I used to know planted hers around her church and at a small hospital. There are lots of ways to share. Smiling
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