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Iris Problem

Shropshire, United Kingdom Gb

I have 10 Iris Germanica in pots waiting to be planted into the garden. I bought these as plug plants from Hayloft Nurseries in Evesham and have grown them on over winter. The leaves are very limp and there are small yellow mottled spots all along the leaves, some worse than others. They certainly look very poorly. Can anyone tell me what has happened to them and if there is anything I can do to correct this. Sorry I have not got a picture to show and it is too dark now to take one.



To be honest, I don't know. However, unless you've potted them in poor compost or something, I think you should inform Hayloft and complain! (or at least tell them and ask for advice...)

22 Apr, 2009


it sounds a bit like virus or some fungal infection. I would certainly ring the company and ask for advice.

22 Apr, 2009


Thanks for your replies. The compost and grit that I potted them in were from new bags and at first seemed to be doing OK. I am waiting to hear back from Hayloft Plants to see what they think. It certainly seems odd that all 10 plants have the same signs.

23 Apr, 2009


Well done, let us know how you got on. There are other goy'ers who have plants which mysteriously die but are worried about suppliers reactions.

23 Apr, 2009


I. germanica - those are bearded irses arn't they??? If so, is it only me that's surprised they were supplied as plug plants? Arnt they usually propagated by division? Plugs to me mean seed grown plants....???

23 Apr, 2009


no a plug can be a small cutting too. I bought plugs of fuchsia, penstemons and dianthus. perhaps they were from seed sid. if so they take 2-3 yrs before they flower.

23 Apr, 2009


Iris Germanica was on the label and yes these are also called bearded irises. Referring to the plug plants, these came in the plastic containers like other "plug" plants. These were small tuber cuttings, but very small - i.e my reference to plug plants. Like Seaburngirl I have also had penstemons, scabiosa, lavender, etc. as plugs.

24 Apr, 2009


Before I get corrected, in the above: tuber should read rhizome.

24 Apr, 2009


I suspect they wont flower for at least another year, perhaps 2 :o(

Some plugs i got last yr are only now showing sings of flowers. frustrating in the extreme.

It also sounds like a fungal disease like a rust, but i dont know if iris are susceptible to it.

hope they survive for you lovemyveg.

26 Apr, 2009


Not having heard from Hayloft Plants since last Wednesday, I telephoned them this morning for a reply to my iris, yellow mottled spotted leaves problem, which has gotten worse over the past week. Although very helpful, they could not give me an answer to the problem. It was suggested that I give them a feed, plant them in the garden, and see what happens. I do not think that this will work and the poor things will die off. They have very limp leaves dangling down, instead of being erect. If I "wiggle" them they appear very loose in the soil. It will be interesting to see how much root growth has been made in the pots. I could not attend to this today as it has been raining most of the day. I feel that buying these small plants is not worthwhile. Although much cheaper the time, effort and loss of plants is not acceptable.

27 Apr, 2009


No. I absolutely agree. I think you deserve a refund. I think that's the least they could do!

Keep hassling them, won't you!

27 Apr, 2009


I think they should have just given you a refund immediately. Not just told you to "wait and see!"

Like Sh says, keep hassling them, they should not supply shoddy plants, we pay enough for them!

29 Apr, 2009


I emptied the irises from their pots yesterday to have a look at their root system and found this to be very sparse and fine, not like you would expect to see on an iris rhizome. The rhizomes were tiny some as small as the size of a finger nail. I immediate contacted the company and asked for a refund, which I will be receiving. The people there are extremely polite and helpful, but these small plants are just not worth the money we are having to pay for them.

29 Apr, 2009

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