Dutch iris requirements

Diane Whitehead voltaire@islandnet.com
Wed, 10 Sep 2003 15:56:17 PDT
I am in the process of buying Dutch bulbs.  I am looking at pictures 
of Dutch iris which come in unusual colour combinations (brown and 
purple) as well as pretty pastels.  I can remember buying them years 
ago, on more than one occasion, but none persisted. I assume they 
bloomed at least once, but they didn't make an impression on my 
memory, so I don't think they lasted long. Other bulbs I bought at 
the same time (25 years ago?), like various scillas, anemones, 
hyacinths, some of the tulips, still come up every year.

I know why some bulbs didn't survive (narcissus bulb fly, rodents 
eating crocus, inkspot disease of reticulata iris).

Is there some reason the Dutch iris wouldn't persist?  They are 
really cheap to buy, so the Dutch must find them really easy.

Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
sandy soil

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