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Old 07-07-2015, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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July and August are a good time to start but , honestly, any time is fine unless the ground is frozen. I sometimes find the errant color mixed in a group and I dig it up to replant with its own kind. I might miss a bloom but the rhizome is still OK. There are lots of videos and article about how to divide all sorts of perennials, bulbs and rhizomes.

How to divide iris rhizomes - Projects: Propagating - gardenersworld.com
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:34 PM
 
Location: A great city, by a Great Lake!
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Question about those? My neighbor has a crap load of them. I don't think he will spare any, and I would like to plant them. As with tulip bulbs, can I buy them at Lowes as bulbs? I did hear that it is good to plant them in late summer for next year, so I was wondering. I'm just trying to fill in a bunch of bare space under the tree on my back patio and those would be perfect.
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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If he has that many I hope he knows he needs to divide the RHIZOMES (not bulbs) every 2-3 years or they will not bloom. Ask him if you can help him divide in exchange for some. Very simple to snap off everything from the "mother". I toss the mother. Do you have anything in your own garden to share?

I don't think I've ever seen iris rhizomes sold in the bulb section at big box stores but I have seen some potted up for sale.
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:04 PM
 
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Thanks for the link but I need to do it but not until Sept when it's cooler I'm in zone 7/8 so I'm guessing that will be OK.
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:20 PM
 
Location: A great city, by a Great Lake!
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If he has that many I hope he knows he needs to divide the RHIZOMES (not bulbs) every 2-3 years or they will not bloom. Ask him if you can help him divide in exchange for some. Very simple to snap off everything from the "mother". I toss the mother. Do you have anything in your own garden to share?

I don't think I've ever seen iris rhizomes sold in the bulb section at big box stores but I have seen some potted up for sale.

Sadly I do not, and he already gave me some cannas. I guess I'll have to do some research. I may split 2 of my big hostas up into several small ones for ground cover, and dig out those crappy holly bushes that association planted. The hostas will grow in. Not to mention I already have them ringed around my patio area.
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:33 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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..... can I buy them at Lowes as bulbs? .......
Take a few minutes to read up on how to dig and divide iris. Then put an ad in the garden section of Craigslist that you will divide and care for iris plants for free. I've obtained some iris that way.

Now I have lots of iris and I will run an ad on craigslist stating that I have iris in these colors and I want to trade for those colors. You have to get your own iris beds established before you can do this.

I really like iris, so I spend the money to order named varieties of iris from the iris farms. Some of them are a bit expensive, but you can still get really nice ones for $5 a rhizome. I look for colors that I like in varieties with lots of ruffles. I specialize in blues and purples, but I have a few peach colored ones that I really like.

Once I have the iris that I paid money for, the rhizomes spread quickly, so it is worth a few bucks to get the one I want.
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:39 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Ordering iris: I recommend Schreiners Iris Gardens in Salem Oregon.

Blue J Iris has the easiest to use catalog, for picking out what you want. However, I've had mixed results ordering from them. One order was excellent and the next one wasn't nearly as good. YMMV. Still, their catalog is divided by color and has good photos to see what you might like.

What I've seen of iris rhizomes in the big box stores is that they look too dried out. They aren't ever a good enough bargain price to risk trying to grow a damaged plant.
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:46 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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no kudzu, my gardening always runs a little behind the rest of the country (weather), but I will be digging up and moving a hundred or so iris in a couple of weeks. They are headed for the coast.

No one seems to have iris on the coast, so I thought maybe they wouldn't grow there. But I spotted one little bearded iris with a lovely flower about a block from my house. If that neighbor can grow an iris, maybe I can too.

I've got some yellows that are so tough you couldn't kill them with a blow torch, so those get to be the experimental iris. If those will grow and flower there, I will start moving some that aren't quite as tough.
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Old 07-07-2015, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Good luck. I didn't even think there was a place iris wouldn't grow. They are pretty hardy..at least they have been in my 40+ years of gardening.
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