Irises forum: How shoukd I handle iris bulbs?

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Nov 20, 2018 3:35 PM CST
I have a problem. In August I thought I was going to be moving in a month or two. I had a nice small bed of about 50 Iris. I dug them up and have been storing them inside since then. Well it turned out I wasn't able to move yet. I'll be moving around April. Should I keep the bulbs inside all winter? Or dig a bed and just cover them up outside until April? Thanks for help, I love these Iris and they're expensive to buy, I don't want them to die
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
Nov 20, 2018 10:08 PM CST
I would just keep them in a cool, dry place now until you move. I would suggest that you do not keep them in a plastic tub or bag. Keep them in a cardboard box or paper bag so hey'll have air circulation. I've found that if I keep any type of bulb in plastic it molds or rots.
Name: June
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Nov 21, 2018 8:09 AM CST
Hi Bombeni! What kind of iris are they? Are they true bulbs or are they rhizomes? Do you see any roots on them? Can you post a picture?
Name: Evelyn
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Nov 22, 2018 11:49 AM CST
Bombeni, Seil and June ~ Welcome! to the Iris Forum! Hurray!

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Name: Barbara
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Nov 22, 2018 12:31 PM CST
another Welcome! Bombini, Seil, and June.

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Name: Deb
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Nov 22, 2018 12:39 PM CST
True bulbs or rhizomes? Learning moment here, please.
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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Nov 22, 2018 3:54 PM CST
welcome to the iris forum @bombeni, seil, and june.

it would be helpful to know what growing zone you live, and what type of iris you have. if they were japanese iris, or siberian iris, pacific coast iris, they need different care than the tall bearded irises. also, if you lived on the west coast, more precisely, where it didn't snow or freeze, you would be able to plant your irises in pots.

if you're moving in april, in my growing zone for example, i would be potting them up in 1 gal. pots or larger, so they would be more convenient and easier to move. but, if you're in a cold zone, i might consider storing them in a cool dry place with good air circulation. (and as mentioned, no plastic and if there's enough space in a single layer, not stacked on each other too densely.)

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