Plants in the Alpine House or Cold Frame: Oncocyclus irises
Started by: Ron MuddGo to latest contribution by David Nicholson, 14 May 2011, 20:54. Go to bottom of this page.
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From Archibald seed.
Very nice indeed Ron. Oncos are an Iris step too far for me though!
Ex R and R Wallis young plant from seed.
Lovely plants Ron. I'm afraid I've been bitten by the Onco & Regelia bug. Pity they're so difficult to get hold of. I'll post a few pics for all to share. It really is a shame that the flowers don't last just that little bit longer, though. Still, for me, they're one of the real joys of spring. Richard
Lovely set of images Richard. Could you see a bit about your growing regime please?
Hi David. All of my Onco's & Regelias are grown in a very lean compost mix and in 12" deep long tom pots.
The compost consists of 2 parts (by volume) horticultural grit, 2 parts grit-sand, 1 part John Inness No.2 and 1 part perlite. The rhizomes "sit" on a 1/2" layer of grit on top of the compost and then are covered by a 1"-2" layer of extra grit. The pots live in the sunniest part of the alpine house and are plunged to a depth of about 5" in sand.
The plants are potted up in late August / early September and are not watered at all at this point. They do seem to get moisture from somewhere though as growth usually starts to appear in late September or into early October. I start to water at about the end of February, giving plenty when the plants are in active growth. Once the leaves start to die back in late May, then watering is held off completely and the plants are kept dry until the process starts again in the autumn. I tend to re-pot every other year.
Hope this helps and, perhaps, tempts you to have a go. Richard
Many thanks for that Richard. I'd love to have a go but my problem is space. I really need an elastic sided greenhouse as it is and if I start another "obsession" now she who must be obeyed might feel it necessary to remind me about the time I give to plants and the time I don't give to decorating the lounge and dining room!!