Iris 2017

Elaine Jek
Sun, 17 Sep 2017 20:43:56 PDT
It's ok Karl, I read it fine.

Thank you for sharing! Happy Iris growing. Beautiful work.


On Sun, Sep 17, 2017 at 8:17 PM, Jan Jeddeloh <> wrote:
> Karl, if you actually want anyone to read what you have to say you need to use paragraphs!  You may have something to say but nobody is going to wade through your post as written.  I tried and found it impenetrable.  So divide up your post, edit it and maybe you’ll get some replies.
> Jan Jeddeloh
>> On Sep 15, 2017, at 4:17 PM, Karl Dan <> wrote:
>> Iris 2017
>> For Iris fans, read on, others may delete. In my coastal zone 8 swamp
>> the Louisianas NEVER go dormant. The best you can do is “clean up” the
>> clump in fall. I had a gallon pot of “Jack Attack” cover a 6 by 6 foot
>> area in a year. One rhizome having 36-40 fans. I hacked away this fall
>> and left a small blooming sized clump. The rest planted a 30 foot
>> section of one of the many lakes around here. I made special pure blue
>> and dark purple crosses, look for them at the seed exchange. I just
>> finished reading a gardener’s book (as you do) and ask that you don’t
>> do what he did. He moved into a new neighborhood and was welcomed by
>> an elderly gardener bearing a shoebox full of Viola tricolor. Oh no!
>> he told her, we throw those away by the shovel full, instantly
>> realizing what he had done. My point: A member of one of my garden
>> clubs admired one of my JIs, Royal Robes. She had a Louisiana I
>> wanted, Clyde Redmond. We arranged the trade for our next meeting. I
>> hacked out a rhizome from the JI and potted it up in a one gallon.
>> Right away it sent up a new fan, by the time of the meeting it was
>> full grown. I like to give fair value, plants and seed exchange, so I
>> was happy. She gave me a piece of blooming stalk, about 18”, with an
>> inch and a half piece of rhizome. Thank you. I planted it, and
>> immediately a full size fan grows. By fall, 6 huge fans, growing all
>> winter. By spring this was a thing of beauty, covered in huge flat sky
>> blue saucers, all from that tiny bit of protoplasm. I had 2 rhizomes
>> of a 60 year old virginica clone I planted last fall. It had a very
>> long blooming period, about a month. I said I didn’t need 2 plants of
>> it, but noooo…..It was 2 giant clumps facing me this fall. One was
>> crowding out other iris so I put the shovel under it and it didn’t
>> budge. Eventually it split into 3 huge clumps which I planted at a
>> little cove by a lake. All that from one piece of rhizome a year ago.
>> I have a virginica that routinely reaches 6 to 7 feet tall, with
>> gravity the only thing stopping its growth, with the leaves so long
>> that they start to snap in half. This one is another evergreen, with
>> huge pearlescent lavender blooms. I had some mature pods so look for
>> these seeds here, also if those sell out I have a couple of more
>> maturing pods. This is however, definitely a southern iris. I
>> hybridized this plant with everything that was blooming, a siberica, a
>> versicolor, a Louisiana and also pseudacorus. Only one pod matured on
>> that scape, and when mature, the seeds were the same shape and
>> plumpness of the bee crosses, but only only half the size.  Not
>> knowing if these seeds are viable, I didn’t want to send them in. I am
>> hoping I get a crazy interspecies cross. The boggy acidic seed bed has
>> exceeded all expectations. I planted species and crosses of laevagita,
>> ensata, virginica, versicolor and some “white” pseudacorus. After a
>> season’s growth some have 6 – 8 full sized fans and are 24 + inches
>> tall. These healthy vigorous beauties will bloom next spring. Our
>> Region 4 Iris meeting is in October in Raleigh/Durham N.C. I potted up
>> divisions of all my species Iris as I divided them, and will take
>> these with me to benefit the plant sales/auctions. We hosted the
>> Nationals last year for the American Hemerocallis society, and that
>> took up all my time and a week’s vacation. I missed several important
>> Iris gatherings, and now that I did my duty to my Hemerocallis club I
>> plan to devote next year to the iris societies. In closing, I am
>> always looking for blue Native American Iris, missouriensis, cristata,
>> versicolors and virginicas, Louisianas…Please send your extra seeds
>> in, I for one will buy them. I sent some bulbils for a future
>> exchange, 60 year old Lilium lancifolium, 8 feet  tall, remember that
>> species is immune to some virus that are devastating to other Lily
>> species. Also an "Orientpet" Lily, green bulbils, it reached 7 feet
>> this year. View the photos at my facebook album for our group:
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