How to Plant Iris correctly is not difficult. I share my technique on how I plant Iris for the best flowering and healthy plants for years of enjoyment.
I have shared plenty of the iris in my garden and I thought to share how I plant iris for those that are newbies in the gardening area. Sometimes I forget that not everyone knows the ins and out of planting and caring for different plants. I am reminded when I give some to a friend and they end up killing them because they really did not know the right way to plant them and I failed to tell them.
click on the photos below to see different Iris posts I have shared in the past.
This post is a follow on to my How To Divide Iris so that is why I start with this shot of my Iris already in the ground and getting ready to divide it.
After you have either dug up and divided your rhizomes or you have just received some from an iris farm or garden you need to plant them.
Pick a spot in the garden that gets a good 6 hours of sun each day and has good drainage.
Iris can withstand drought but not soggy feet.
Here is where I am planting mine today. It is nothing special but I will add a bit of nutrients.
You can use a balanced Iris or Bulb fertilizer to give your plants a head start. Click here to see my favorite or wait to the end and I will link to it again.
Stir the fertilizer into the soil, mixing it in lightly.
If you are planting a newly acquired rhizome you will most likely only have one, and that is fine. Plant it the same way just not in a grouping. In a few years you will have enough to divide and replant.
When replanting Iris that I have divided I like to plant three together. Plant them with the pointy nose of the rhizomes facing each other in a circle. Spacing is not critical but I like to place mine about 3 inches apart. Water them in and keep water through the summer but not soggy.
Do not bury deep. This is the mistake many make.
Iris like to be close to the surface. I leave a bit of the tops showing when I plant, that way I know they are not too deep. iris love the sun on their backs, or the part of the rhizome
In cold, cold climates do mulch a bit before hard cold starts but be sure and rake it back as soon as warmer weather begins.
Next Spring you will have some lovely Iris to enjoy. Most reputable Iris farms and gardens send out good sized rhizomes that will bloom the first year. When dividing your Iris you may have some smaller sized ones attached to the larger rhizomes. The smaller ones will many times take another season to grow in size before blooming. So don’t get discouraged if yours don’t bloom the first season.
I hope this helps all those out there that were skittish about digging up and dividing your overcrowded Iris.
It really is this simple.
Until next time! Happy Gardening!
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