Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Garden Gleanings "My iris changed color when I moved them"

Posted Saturday, April 7, 2012, at 9:39 AM
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  • I have had iris change color twice. The first time I had purchased one tuber of a beautiful, almost black beauty. It bloomed black the first year, but never again.

    The second time was after I moved into a new house. The iris in the garden were lovely; maroon, pink and light blue. The bed was crowded, so after they bloomed I divided them, keeping only the strongest tubers. They were carefully sorted by color because I wanted them to display better. They were replanted in the same area, in the same soil, fed occasionally with a little fish emulsion and I waited for a great show. This spring, every one of those iris bloomed the same shade of purple. It wasn't the soil. It could have been stress, I guess. But the most surprising thing, I sent some tubers over to my new neighbor, who had admired them. He planted them and they bloomed this spring - maroon, pink and light blue.

    -- Posted by Anna B on Sun, May 19, 2019, at 2:16 PM
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