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PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,199

Any experts out there? Just read an answer on another site where the chap replied that the rhizome which flowered would not flower again so should be discarded. Now I am almost positive that some of my dwarf forms have flowered on every rhizome, every year since they were planted. They have never been split as such either.

What do you think about that idea? It is a new one on me.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,091

    New one on me as well Berghill but have to admit I haven't marked them to checkimage

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,790

    That sounds wrong to me.  I've always understood that over the years the original rhizome eventually gets too old to flower well, but by then it's produced loads of new rhizomes - that's why we lift and divide every three to four years and discard the old central rhizome http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/perennials/how-to-grow-maintain-and-divide-bearded-iris/

    The rhizomes certainly flower more than once.   I'm sure Wonky would agree with me - she was taught about Bearded Irises by the daughter of  Ellis Carpenter, the who was the breeder of the beautiful iris Boxford Spice.

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 19,495

    I agree with you chaps.  Here it can take a season or two after division for them to hit flowering stride and one year I had to give one slow group a stern talking to.  Flower next year or you're out!  They duly obliged.

    If I changed them every year I'd never get any flowers.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,199

    Well, as I said, it is a new one on me. Some of ours only have one big rhizome and rarely make new ones and they flower each year.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,790

    I think that someone, somewhere along the line, has misunderstood something ...

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







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