My good friend, mamsprout, has this in her garden and along the way has shared a few by division. Last fall she sent some seed with me to Shirley Meniece. I kept a few thinking that I would start some when I returned.
What is there not to like about this plant?
|Siberian Iris 'White Swirl'|
|Left one has the wrapped seeds soaking in water in the bottom dish|
with a second pyrex dish on top for weight.
Right one, the seeds are soaking in straight lemon juice.
|Dish of Siberian Iris seeds - covered with plastic wrap, labeled |
and ready to go in the fridge for 12 weeks.
|Yuck - look at the puddle of water on the right. |
More cold and some snow tonight so my milk jug will love that!
|Moved one pot of iris outside onto my deck|
and in a sunny location. Bottom watering.
|Milk jug propagation on the left - at least 7 iris coming up!|
Lemon juice on the right - one out of two isn't bad!
|These are the newly potted up iris following the Canadian Iris Society method.|
|A lot of growth on the milk jug ones. Added one new pot of the ones soaked in |
lemon juice - this is the second set that I kept in the fridge a slightly longer time.
Happy 4th of July to all! For those of you on the East Coast I hope Arthur has spared you from serious damage. We are enjoying a beautiful sunny day here in the 70s which is unusual for us.
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
The above quote seems to perfectly reflect my feelings about my seeds today. It is hard to express how much delight and joy is received from watching and waiting and then all of a sudden one day two little sprouts appear, the next day 2 or three more and finally an entire tray of plants comes up. I'm sure for commercial growers this is normal. For me it is still like unwrapping a birthday or Christmas present!
I last blogged on June 21 and put 9 little seed cells outside with 2-3 seeds in each. Two days ago they started appearing! Today there are 6 tiny 'White Swirl' plants appearing. I have kept them on my front porch which gets morning sun only, shade in the afternoon to keep them from burning. I can control how much water they get and am still bottom watering. All of the material on the internet indicated that these would be difficult, yet they seem to be the easiest (other than my tomatoes which I will catch you up on later!).
My milk jug iris are steadily growing and enjoying our summer heat. Not ready to transplant since they are doing so well here and I can keep an eye on them.
|These are my 'milk jug' iris and the ones soaked in lemon juice. |
Look how well they are doing!
|These are the plants making me smile today! It worked and so far|
pretty good germination rate. 6 plants and probably some more to come in
the next day or so.
July 21, 2014
Back from vacation - fortunately some rain while I was away and all my plants are alive. Some more new growth - mostly height. I think I am ready to find a safe place in the yard to plant these. Also ready to give a couple away to someone else to insure success! The milk jug method definitely has produced the best results.
|These are my milk jug iris.|
Surrounded with a tomato cage so that they
aren't mistaken for a weed and pulled out.
|Two lemon juice sprouts also marked.|
Placed just to the left of the milk jug ones
so that hopefully next spring I will have a
nice clump of White Swirl.
|Here are my two babies.|
Marked with stakes so I know
where they are and so that no
one pulls them while weeding.
|White Swirl blooming in my|
yard just above where the ones started by seed are.
These were divisions from MAM Sprout
a few years ago.
|Fall photo of Iris White Swirl|
|March 2016: White Swirl starting to show growth|