Iris unguicularis

Dennis Kramb
Wed, 29 Nov 2006 15:25:28 PST
I received my plants as dormant rhizomes from a friend in Athens, 
Greece who got them from a fellow member of the Mediterranean Garden 
Society.  I don't know their provenance beyond that.  I got them in 
September, 1998.

At first I kept them in pots which I could bring indoors in 
winter.  Around 2000 or 2001 Bill Shear told me that they should be 
perfectly hardy outdoors... and that he had grown them outdoors for 
years (in Virginia).

So I dug & divided my clump and planted half outside, and kept half 
in their pot.  They did just fine, so the following year I planted 
the rest of them outside.

They are growing on the southwestern corner of my house, with little 
protection other than a slight layer of mulch.  Some grass has taken 
hold in the clump which makes it look a bit messy now, but I plan to 
dig & divide and rectify that situation next season.

My soil is a good loam.  There are no added amendments or 
anything.  The flowers typically bloom a little bit during early 
winter, and then en masse in early spring.  I almost never get bee pods.

Dennis in Cincy

At 11:20 AM 11/28/2006, you wrote:
>Dear Dennis and Jim;
>         I have tried this Iris outdoors here before without any luck.
>         Since both of you are in  just slightly milder climates, I
>think I may have missed something. Could you tell us in more detail
>about how protected the plant is there and any consideration for
>growing in even more northern climates?
>         Exposure - soil- drainage - winter protection.....etc.
>         Appreciate your suggestions before I try once again.
>         Thanks          Jim W.

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