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25/07/2013 at 12:58

Help and advice needed... I am an avid (not always successful gardner) I have just rescued x3 iris bulb/rhimazones from being dug up by the local council. I notice them every spring they are spectacular purple/blue flowers. They were digging them up and there were 3 bits left on the pavement x2 with cut down green leaves and x1 rhimazone left discarded on the pavement. They are now in my sandwich bag on my desk, having read various articles I know they need full sun and shallow planting but mug questions can they be planted in pots? Most of my garden is is part shade so I had planned to pot them up as I also have no where to plant them right now? Any help /advice would be great fully received

25/07/2013 at 13:38

No reason why not  Make sure you use  John Innes rather than multipurpose compost as they need free draining soil. Plant so the rhizome is still visible on the top of the soil. 

25/07/2013 at 22:59

A very helpful lady sold me some iris rhizomes (bulbs/corms/whatever, I don't know what the difference is) recently and my strict instructions were to plant them with the roots spread out like spider legs and the back of the rhizome proud of the soil (so it looks like a scorpion), really free draining soil, and as much sun as they can possibly get. She said I could grow them in pots if I needed to, so I hope that helps a bit.

Councils are impossible, I bet they plant some horrible municipal boring shrub instead.

26/07/2013 at 07:49

I suppose there's always the chance that they were removing the older central rhizomes and planting out the newer younger growth to re-invigorate the planting?

Scroll down to Dividing and Transplanting 

 http://www.schreinersgardens.com/how-to-grow-care-for-bearded-iris

 

26/07/2013 at 08:45

Stacey - I've frequently had Iris in pots, and have several just now. Always worth sticking them in and then just see what happens.

26/07/2013 at 09:06

Just bumping up to clear the scams.....mind you they don't really bother me now.  All their effort and we just ignore them ....they just don't get it do they?  Ha ha

26/07/2013 at 18:54

Thank you all for your advice.... I ended up planting them in the front grass by my wild bit cause it gets tons off sun and the soil is very free draining. I have watered them in and am now going to leave them they grew so wonderfully in the neglected spot where they were. Don't think the council even knows they are there!!!! May take a look for more to save them Tuesday!!!!!

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