Iris blooming is such a great intro to a new garden season. They are easy to grow in most zones and they reward you year after year with more rhizomes that you can divide and share. I love them even if their bloom can seem fleeting. Today I share all my Iris love. How to Plant, Grow and Propagate Iris.
How to Grow Iris
Iris are easy to grow and I have the tons of blooms to prove it. First you need to plant your Iris rhizomes. Most Iris gardens or farms ship out their Iris in late August, early September. That is the optimum time to plant in most areas of the Northern Hemisphere.
Here is how I plant my Iris when they arrive. (click on the text link or photo to go to post)
How to Plant Iris
Once established Iris can reproduce quite rapidly. If you notice they are not blooming as well as they have in the past the problem could be they have gotten overcrowded.
That means it is time to separate them and replant.
Sometimes I am so busy at the time that is optimum to divide my Iris that I have to do it later. Much later. Like Spring when things are still a little bare and I can really see the base of my Iris plants.
If you notice your Iris are crowded in the Spring, it isn’t too late, you can still divide them and get blooms.
If you haven’t grown Iris before I would encourage you to give them a try. Every color under the rainbow is available if you like sticking to a color scheme in your garden. I have mine intermingled throughout my garden while many other gardeners like to dedicate areas to the Iris.
There are early, mid and late blooming Iris so if you mix it up when you purchase you can get weeks of bloom. Many have mentioned they don’t like the short blooming season of Iris but for me it is perfect. By the time they are done so many other plants are putting on a show you are content.
Some iris actually do re-bloom in the Fall, it is less of a bloom than in Spring but still just as lovely. Look for that trait if it is important to you.
So there you have it, How to Plant and Propagate Iris. For a look at some of my visits to Iris Gardens and Farms click on the links below.
Superstition Iris Gardens 2017
Superstition Iris Gardens 2016
Iris Farm Visit
To see many of my Iris posts just type in Iris or Garden Tour in the search box located in my side bar.
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