Irises forum: Japanese Iris Showing Up Again

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Seattle, Washington
Hikermann
Nov 20, 2018 8:10 PM CST
Seattle Area: Have a couple of planters with Japanese iris which did their bloomin' thing earlier this year; now -- here in the middle of November they have shown back up and are about 8"-10" tall! Is this the warming climate's version of recycling? Should I just let them do whatever they're going to do and enjoy whatever 2nd Time Around blossoms show up? Thanks.
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
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UndyingLight
Nov 21, 2018 2:31 AM CST
Welcome, Hikermann! Welcome!

I wish I had the expertise to help more, but I am under the keen impression that as long as those blooms aren't frozen off, I won't question what nature's trying to do to us....she's surprising, aint she? Hilarious!
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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Nov 21, 2018 12:48 PM CST
Hikermann ~ Welcome! to the Iris Forum.

Since I am not one who grows Japanese irises, I will leave that up to someone more knowledgeable in that area.

There are so many kinds of irises, and some members here grow many kinds as they can.

Hopefully you will get your answer soon.

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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Nov 21, 2018 5:19 PM CST
welcome hikermann, to the iris forum.

while i've grown a few ji's, i've never lived in your climate zone. in northern california, our gardens experienced frost, freeze, and hail. but comparatively speaking , our cold season never lasted for more than 2-3 wk. at a time. in the 40+ yr. we lived in los altos, i don't remember ever seeing snow. only once did we see our koi pond freeze over for 3 or 4 days. in those cold days, i did nothing special. but, i don't remember having any rebloomers in my collection. so, i'm sorry i don't have any sage advice.
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Nov 22, 2018 7:38 AM CST
Did you, by chance, cut back the foliage, and that's what's growing again ? Or are you talking about new bloom stalks ?
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Nov 26, 2018 10:57 AM CST
Welcome! And I have the same question as Arlyn.
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Seattle, Washington
Hikermann
Feb 5, 2019 10:19 AM CST
Arlyn -

I had cut them back; since my post, they have continued growing -- but no blooms yet; now we're experiencing the kind of weather Mid-Westerners are used to: snow and temperatures down into the teens at night.

All of my bulbs were responding to the previous spring-like weather and have come up several inches; presently they're covered with 6+ inches of snow; will the night cold temperatures damage them?

Thanks to all for your prior responses. Appreciated.
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hippie
Feb 5, 2019 12:17 PM CST
Hikermann said:Arlyn -

I had cut them back; since my post, they have continued growing -- but no blooms yet; now we're experiencing the kind of weather Mid-Westerners are used to: snow and temperatures down into the teens at night.

All of my bulbs were responding to the previous spring-like weather and have come up several inches; presently they're covered with 6+ inches of snow; will the night cold temperatures damage them?

Thanks to all for your prior responses. Appreciated.


If they are cold hardy bulbs, they will be fine. I have well over a thousand bulbs peeping through now and they will all be fine. Galanthus Elwesii is blooming today.
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Feb 9, 2019 9:28 AM CST
@Hikermann

You live just 2 hours north of the creator of many fine Japanese iris. His name is Chad Harris and he runs Mt. Pleasant Iris Farm down near Washougal (on the Columbia).

Here is the general notes on JI care from his site: http://mtpleasantiris.com/cult...

He is a great person to call or email about any Japanese iris questions. I have always found him to be a wealth of good advice.
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