Another issue about bulbs coming out of the ground. New house, not sure what these are. What's the best plan here? There is already growth.
Any experience from anyone?
Those are bearded (AKA German) iris. The roots (not really bulbs, but they look like them) want to be right on the surface since if they are buried under the surface they will rot.
This post was edited by nhbabs on Fri, Apr 5, 13 at 21:23
They're pretty tough, they should be fine.
What Babs said... that's how they're supposed to look. If you don't like the appearance, you can separate or move them in June after they flower but the rhizome should be above the soil.
the rhizome should be above the soil
===>>> well.. about half in.. half out ... but definitely NOT underground ...
and the second pic.. pull back that loose skin.. if the center is eaten out.. you MIGHT have iris borers ...
there is an iris forum.. and around bloom time [which is soon for the CA peeps] .. those peeps usually go crazy with flower pix.. should you be interested ...
and as the rhiz's expand.. the old ones die out in the center .. in very slow motion.. they move around ... and the hardcore iris peeps.. dig and replant them.. cleaning out the old stuff ...
That's great, thanks guys!! I'm inclined to let them be for now and see how they do. The man that lived here previously did not uproot them every year I don't think. We bought last march and everything was undisturbed. We're going to be mulching (some) today. I'll come back later with pictures of all the perrenials we inherited.
Don't put mulch on the irises.
Susan, thank you. I looked up mulch and irises and learned a lot. We mulched today and I will go double check the irises tomorrow to make sure they are not covered. Thanks to everyone. I'm amazed at your knowledge.
BBP - I am impressed by your explanatory photos and thoughtful questions! It makes it easy to answer.
This post was edited by nhbabs on Sun, Apr 7, 13 at 10:48
Babs, thanks! Where in NH are you? My parents live in Lyme. Some of the biggest and best hydrangeas I've ever seen are in NH and VT. Blew me away. Hydrangeas are some of my favorites.
BBL, I am about 1 1/2 hrs south of your folks, about 10 miles north of Concord. I have lots of hydrangeas because as long as I plant hardy varieties, they are easy to grow here: long blooming, not bothered by pests, polite with neighbors (except Annabelle who likes to sucker), and generally happy as long as I don't give them too much hot and dry conditions.