an Iris question

Dennis Kramb
Mon, 30 Aug 2004 20:27:58 PDT
At 06:34 PM 8/30/2004, you wrote:
>I have a wonderful bearded Iris called 'Victoria Falls'. It think it was
>introduced 25-30 years ago.  I grew it before in Alabama, and enjoyed it 
>of the color, the rebloom, and the ease of care.  It took care of 
>seeming to need water and only a top dressing with aged manure once or twice
>a year.
>Here in Conroe, zone 9a, it has been in the ground for about 2 years in full
>sun, in good-draining not-too-rich soil.  It hardly blooms and does not
>rebloom.  It grows well, and seems happy enough, except for July and 
>August when it
>seems to sulk (I suspect it is heat).
>So, what can I do to make this plant do better?  I have a few other
>reblooming bearded Iris hybrids, and they almost never bloom.  They grow 
>OK, but don't
>bloom.  Do they need a colder winter?  The past 2 years temperatures have 
>dropped to 25 F.

Where are you?  Bearded irises perform extremely poorly in the DEEP 
hot/humid south.

Dennis in Cincy

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