1896, California Irises
Garden And Forest p427, October 21, 1896
California Irises. Failure to establish Iris Hartwegii, I. Macrosiphon and, perhaps, other California Irises, has been so general that it will interest gardeners to know that Herr Max Leichtlin has lately taken them in hand and solved the problem of their successful cultivation, so that now " they grow like weeds " in his garden. He says that " plants are received in Europe from their native quarters quite fresh and healthy-looking, but I have treated such plants several times and they always died. My experience is that they cannot be successfully moved unless they are in full vegetation. We must grow them from seed and not touch the seedlings before they have formed a solid root-stock; after this, and when movement to again grow has begun, they can be safely handled and transplanted like other Irises; in May in Baden-Baden. They want sunny quarters. This spring I had plants with twelve or twenty flowers open at one time in all shades of ochre and cream. They are very striking plants."
Elizabeth, N.J. -- J . N. Gerard.
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