I have many different varieties of iris in my garden - well establishe
clumps in some places - and this year for some reason they did no
flower. The plants are in various locations in my large south westerl
facing garden. I have had several conversations with others who blam
the temperatures we experienced this year - do others feel the same wa
Also I have a very large Bear's Breechs plant which has for the past
years or so put up wonderful tall spikes of flowers -- again this yea
nothing - but the leaves and plant looks to be in good condition - i
fact until the frosts of the last couple of days the plant looke
Other people's experiences would be greatly appreciated
Well, I live out in a desert and I make sure that my iris get two things:
1. lots of water, they need at lest a full ac ft a year.
2. Good feeding, in the spring time I use my alfafa tea I make to pour
around them. During the summer time I dust the ground with a thin film of
steer manuer and in fall I mix in the alfafa into the soil near their roots
Spring time I get blooms.
They are too crowded. Divide them now. The proper way to deal with iris
is to divide 1/3 of them each year. When divided, they take one year to
recover much of the time. With this technique, you have about 50%
blooming each year. If you don't divide them, and you can see they are
crowded, next year they will bloom even less.
The rhizomes need to be divided every three years and never plant them
too deeply. The crown of the rhizome should be above the soil line.
I live in Texas and many things which normally flower did not because
there was not enough chill hours last winter. I didn't get one peach.
A few irises bloomed. It was not a great year for bulbs, tubers and
On Sun, 5 Nov 2006 15:10:00 +0000, Teresa Gudge
Some of my iris bloomed, and some did not. They are taking longer to
recover from dividing than usual. (I divided them in the fall of 2004.)
From the growth of foliage, I expect they will bloom quite well this
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
I divide mine every 2 to 3 years, depending on how big the clump of rhizomes
is, only I do it as soon as they quit blooming. Then some of the replanted
ones will bloom the following year, but usually it will take the second year
You can dig up the entire clump, divide it, and lay the rhizomes on top of
the ground. Then I sweep some loose dirt along the edges of the rhizomes
and water them. I water mine with a soaker hose.
I usually just use a shovel and cut the center of the clump in half. Dig up
one side and get rid of it by giving it away or transplanting it. The other
half of the clump will usually bloom the following year, if I didn't disturb
it too much while removing the other half. If your clump is too big, you
will have to remove more than half.
I have two or maybe three varieties. One clumps, (Looks like a plain
old flag lily or bearded iris, but will tolerate wet feet.) and one
variety the rhizome divides and produces two new one's and the rhizome
that bloomed becomes bug fodder. These work best to divide every year
and bloom early every spring. The third variety blooms more than once
a year and someone else dug them for me last and I just found two of
them last month when they bloomed. I've never had a year without a
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