mouldy Iris winogradowii

Diane Whitehead
Thu, 26 May 2005 20:55:22 PDT
Last year a friend and I imported a bulb each of Iris winogradowii 
and potted them. Mine grew a bit, then stopped.  When my friend's was 
in bloom, I tipped mine out to see what the trouble was, and found 
that the bulb was mouldy.  I removed all the mouldy parts and 
repotted the leaves and what was left of the bulb. I have just tipped 
the pot out again.  There is no sign of a bulb, but the leaves had a 
few dismal looking roots.  Also in the pot were three thriving white 
roots that are growing new bits.

I know that some plants have nodes along their roots so they can grow 
new plants from root pieces.  What about bulbous iris?  Any hope of 
my winogradowii appearing above ground sometime, or is it doomed to 
be subterranean?

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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