Throughout our perennial paradise, you will find an incredible selection of iris in many colours and forms, from historical, timeless classics to new cutting-edge cultivars. We feature a garden dedicated to Anne & Don Martin, a home to the complete Dykes Medal Collection of iris from 1927 to the present.
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**Tall Bearded Iris will not be available for mail order 2010. On location sales fo selected varieties only.**
Plant iris rhizomes mid July through mid September in order for the Iris rhizome to put down roots before the winter. Plant in a well drained sunny location. The rhizome's back should be level with the soil. Water only when planted.Use a low nitrogen fertilizer (first number). Alfalfa pellets are now being recommended as a fertilizer. We use alfalfa at Rural Roots Gardens with good results and apply it once a year in the spring. Water only when very dry. Best time of day for watering, as it is for all flowers, is early morning. Remove dead or badly spotted leaves from outside fans.
Insect and Disease Control
Best control of disease is to clean up all dead foliage from around the iris in the spring and burn. Borer eggs and fungus spores of leaf spot winter in this material. Do not water iris late in the day as this encourages fungus.
Check fans in spring/early summer for saw toothed leaves which indicate borer. They are, at this stage, between the layers of the fan and can sometimes be killed by squeezing the fan and squashing them. Lifting the entire plant is necessary if the bore has made it to the rhyzome. They will kill the plant. Cut away damaged areas and re-plant destroying the infested portions and leaves.
A more environmentally friendly method to control borer is the use of beneficial nematodes. The type suggested by the supplier is Guardian and should be put on in the spring. Temperatures must be between 15-32 degrees C. when applied as nematodes will not survive below this temperature. They are available through NIC RR#2 Stevensville ON L0S 1S0 (905) 382-2904. Website is www.natural-insect-control.com
Bacterial Soft Rot
Bacterial soft rot is caused by too lush a growth (nitrogen), too rich a soil, too much water, failure to clean dead leaves in the spring or an injury to the rhizome. Agricultural gypsum sprinkled on infected plants is beneficial. Dig and scrape rot from rhizome and air dry for several days. Dust with sulphur of gypsum and replant.
Some Major Iris Awards
- HM: Honourable Mention. Difficult award to win and indicates a high quality iris.
- AM: Award of Merit. Limited number given to top iris 2 years after HM.
- SM: Sass Medal. One given each year for the top Intermediate Bearded.
- CD: Cook-Douglas Medal. One each year for the top Standard Dwarf Bearded.
- CW: Caparne-Welch Medal. One each year for the top Miniature Dwarf Bearded.
- JW: J. Wister Medal. Three awarded each year to top three Tall Bearded.
- WW: Williamson-White Award. One each year for the top Miniature Tall Bearded.
- DM: Dykes Medal. Top award given out to a maximum of once per year. This iris must have won the top award for its class.