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MikeSmithIII
Nov 29, 2018 10:04 PM CST
Greetings,
My neighbor dug 100 Day Lillybulbs out of his garden and wanted to dispose of them, I volunteered to take ownership of them. Now I have 100 bulbs at my disposal and am wanting to protect them until re-planting time. I checked YouTube and saw many solutions on how to clean them, wash them, dry them, wrap them individually in the newspaper and store them in cardboard boxes in a room temperature between 35 to 45.

My question is can I just put them in a cardboard box(s); lay dirt(soil) first then neatly the bulbs then dirt on top of them and then another layer and so on?
Thank you immensely,

Mike Smith III
Dallas, Texas
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DaisyI
Nov 29, 2018 10:16 PM CST
Welcome!

I would plant them.
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MikeSmithIII
Nov 30, 2018 12:29 AM CST
DaisyI said: Welcome!

I would plant them.


Thank you Daisy. Yes they will be planted eventually (hopefully end of February after the ice and the frost). My question is for now till then, can I put layers of soil-bulb-soil-bulb-soil-bulb-soil in a box and keep them in the Garage (35 to 45 Degree) until March?

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sooby
Nov 30, 2018 5:44 AM CST
Welcome!

I think first of all we need to figure out what plants they are because they aren't daylilies. Could they be irises? If they typically wintered outside in the garden of your neighbor I'd be inclined to agree with Daisy and plant them now, they look like they were still in full foliage, unless maybe they are something tender that was typically always dug and stored frost-free for winter.
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sallyg
Nov 30, 2018 6:50 AM CST
They are Iris, the commonest kind being probably bearded iris. (at least up here)
In colder zones these live outside year round, leaves getting tattered in bad weather but new leaves grow spring and fall. I would also plant them now. The fat root lays on the surface barely covered, the skinny feeder roots if any are covered with soil.
I didn't readily find advice (that I trusted) about storing them, as it isn't the common method. But a few iris are sold in dry boxes so I guess they may survive. Don't make them too wet or they'll rot. Just don't want them totally dessicated either, I guess.
Here's a link to a big grower, on which I did not see 'storing over winter' but maybe it is there somewhere in the care tips
https://www.schreinersgardens....

When you do plant, remember they spread, and they look boring/messy midsummer after bloom. I like them as almost individual plants, 2-3 roots in a group. as when the clumps grow big, then you get a big messy hole in the garden in summer.
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DaisyI
Nov 30, 2018 11:01 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing I thought they were funny looking daylilies but was looking at them on my phone.
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Calif_Sue
Nov 30, 2018 2:23 PM CST

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Look like iris to me too! Your neighbor had that many and thought they were dayliles? Blinking
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MikeSmithIII
Nov 30, 2018 8:47 PM CST
Greetings Ladies,

I am grateful and I thank you for your admirable expertise. I asked the neighbor and he embarrassingly admitted that they were Irises. So my compliments to you all's kin eyes'. By the way I have about 300 of them not 100.

Here is my plan:
1-Cut the green leaves off.
2-Completely wash and clean dirt off of them (Half bathtub Water + 1 Bottle Hydrogen Peroxide)
3-Lay them on a giant cloth in the Garage to dry (it is 75 to 65 degrees for the next 10 days)
4-After drying wrap them individually with newspaper
5-Put them in Cardboard boxes for the next 3 months.
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7.
8. In March unwrap and plant them.

I had no idea what was getting into when I said: Yes I Want Them. But then again life is full of events and this one is a quite acceptable one.
Thank you all dearly and please let me know if I'm missing anything (only regarding this project Smiling )
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UndyingLight
Nov 30, 2018 11:13 PM CST
Welcome, Mike! Welcome!

That sounds like a good plan, since it is probably quite cold there...but if it is really warm, I'd still plant some.
Cherry trees in full bloom!

If the iris virus were like our chicken virus, your collection of irises would more than double. How about that?
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sallyg
Dec 1, 2018 6:48 AM CST
I would just plant them now. Or at least split the difference, start planting at least half now and see how you feel about doing all that work for the rest. Do you really have room for 300?
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pirl
Dec 1, 2018 7:23 AM CST
I'm with Sally. Skip all the outlined steps and plant them. I've done it with 680 irises and some did bloom the following year. I wouldn't separate them if you want blooms ASAP.
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MikeSmithIII
Dec 1, 2018 1:37 PM CST
I started planting them this morning and I am half way there. I will have plenty bulbs left after I finish and I will give them all to the neighbors.

Thank you all immensely.
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irisarian
Dec 1, 2018 2:50 PM CST
by the way hey are rhizomes, not bulbs & should not be planted too deep. go on line & check out how to do it.
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Lestv
Dec 1, 2018 3:35 PM CST
Do not cut all the green leaves off!!!!!!! You really want them.

If you go to the Iris Database there is a how to for planting them. Link: The Irises Database
They look like bearded iris rhizomes so follow the directions for Cultivation of Bearded Iris. As for putting them in cardboard boxes -well really NOT the best idea. Either plant them now or put them in pots.

You will have some beautiful blooms in the future. Please make sure you come back and show us pictures of them!
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Dallas, Texas
MikeSmithIII
Dec 1, 2018 5:04 PM CST
Thank you every single one of you, you all are wonderful. I've learned so much from you within these past two days. I Bow Before Your Greatness. Knowledge Is Power and I find myself today Well-informed and educated by your Teachings.

I live in Southlake Texas, Zon 8a. Today temperature is 75 degrees and tomorrow it will be 60 degrees, 50's and 40's (and then 60's for no reason) are coming. Our temperature in January is in 40's in February 30's and 1 inch of snow for 1 day, however off and on 20 days of frost and ice. My only concern is those Frosty days. and since my garden is fairly big I just can't cover all the "RHIZOMES Hilarious! " with cloth.

Nonetheless; I know I will be looking out the windows to see how they are doing - of course with a smile and some rapid heart beats.

Once again Thank YOU.
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sallyg
Dec 1, 2018 8:31 PM CST
absolutely no need to worry about the cold, they do just fine here in MD and much colder.
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javaMom
Dec 1, 2018 9:56 PM CST
Hi Mike,

I live in Fort Worth, so our climate is about the same, if you want to plant them but worry about having them in the ground now (Iris needs the cold weather to get their blooms, I read somewhere that they needs to be planted about 6 weeks before first freeze, which had happened twice here), you can potted them in 1 gallon pot and move them to your garden in early Spring. Or you can keep them in a dry, cool place until Spring come...This year I bought and received my new Irises Aug & early Sept, and the weather was very hot and we got tons of rain then, so I potted all of mine (well planted a bit in my raised bed, just to see how they did too) and move them to my raised bed when it's cooler early October. I am new in Irises but because we are nearby I thought I share my little bit experience. The cold weather won't hurt them, but those tons of rains we got earlier would, because they don't like wet feet.....Good luck on your Iris garden and you will enjoy them so much when they bloom in Spring..
And I also planted my Irises so part of the rhizomes shows...

Welcome to this wonderful group filled with awesome Iris lovers Group hug
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MikeSmithIII
Dec 2, 2018 12:25 AM CST
Howdy JavaMom,

Great to hear from you. Actually where I live is Fort Worth only the zip code is Southlake's. I planted some Saturday morning and I have some more to plant today (in the ground). I also planted many in several pots.

You made me feel comfortable knowing that our Ice and Frost won't harm them ~ Thank you. I am truly impressed by the amount of info and wisdom I received from all you kind people. I will post one or two pictures of my Irises all in good time for you all to see.

For now it's time to familiarize myself with this Fine WebSite.

Much Obliged.
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UndyingLight
Dec 2, 2018 12:57 AM CST
This is only the start, Mike. Soon, if you stick around, you'll be slobbering over iris pictures on this forum that make you eventually buy or trade for said iris. Then, your list becomes never ending and now you're obsessed with irises..... Rolling on the floor laughing
(ties hands behind back with intent to not buy irises..."Aw, but that one's so pretty!"....and now I have 300 irises Hilarious! Hilarious! ).

I've only joined a few months back, but the love and support and the insight I've gathered here is beyond what I could have wanted. I was hesitant at first, but at least for me, I feel like this is one big and happy iris family always ready to welcome new members! I am ever glad to be a part of that. Big Grin

I sure hope you stick around. You may discover an unrelenting love for irises. Shrug! Smiling
Cherry trees in full bloom!

If the iris virus were like our chicken virus, your collection of irises would more than double. How about that?

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