I have shared plenty of the iris in my garden and I thought to share how I plant bearded iris for those that are beginners in gardening or with Iris flowers. 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 Iris bulbs and I failed to tell them. This gives most gardeners the chance to get the in the ground in time for the rhizomes to settle in and start rooting. This is also the time that you would dig up and divide your currently growing Iris in your garden. After you have either dug up and divided your rhizomes or you have just received some from an iris farm you need to plant them correctly to get the most from them.
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I have shared plenty of the iris in my garden and I thought to share how I plant bearded iris for those that are beginners in gardening or with Iris flowers. 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 Iris bulbs and I failed to tell them. This gives most gardeners the chance to get the in the ground in time for the rhizomes to settle in and start rooting.
This is also the time that you would dig up and divide your currently growing Iris in your garden. After you have either dug up and divided your rhizomes or you have just received some from an iris farm you need to plant them correctly to get the most from them. If you need to know how to divide your Iris rhizomes before planting I have you covered here.
Here are my latest ones… At the end of this post I will have a list of sources for you. Note : You can plant them with other plants that like more water by planting them in small hill of soil. They can drain off while the other plants get all that water. My favorite tool for digging and planting Iris. I have sprinkled some bulb fertilizer on top of the soil.
Stir the fertilizer into the soil, mixing it in lightly. I mix the fertilizer in to the soil rather than just placing in the hole. Rain fall will deliver the fertilizer where it needs to go.
An Iris or Bulb fertilizer can give your plants a head start. This is my favorite. Plant your Iris rhizomes in the soil you just mixed the BulbTone into making sure to keep them close to the surface. Note: I have been battling voles this year.
They have been eating my plants including the Iris rhizomes, to deter them eating my newly planted Iris I put some of this under and around the rhizome. Do not bury deep your Iris rhizomes too deep. Iris love the sun on their backs, the top part of the rhizome. If you live in a very hot area you can cover the backs of the rhizomes lightly with soil. 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. I firm them in with my foot, you can see my footprints in this photo.
Planting them this close together means you will get a good show of blooms next Spring but you will also need to divide them sooner than if you planted the further apart. Above the soil is moist but if you are doing this during a drier part of the year water them in and keep watered through the summer but not soggy.
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. 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. Please PIN and Share.
Beautiful, beautiful. I also roll my Iris rhizome in sulphur before replanting. Iris are predisposed to a nasty virus here in my area and the sulphur helps to keep them healthy. Yet, you never know when something crops up to make gardening challenging. I have these needle nose beetles that wreak havoc on my rose buds in the Spring, they showed up for the first time about 3 years ago. I go out each morning with a jar of soapy water and knock them off into it, it reduces the population enough to save my blooms then they are gone suddenly.
But they return the following Spring. I wish I lived near enough so that I could have some of your give away Iris. What lucky friends you have. Enjoy your week end. Necessity is truly the mother of invention. Sometimes I did things by accident and they worked. So it is a matter of trial and error. But what fun it is.
But then it will cool down by Monday, which is better for the garden. I could use a good rain to water my garden right now. Enjoy your rainy weather, the sun will shine again for you.
Love ur irises. I also have many to. Irises are my enjoyment and blessings after a long winter. Thanks Linda. I got it from Schreiners Gardens. They are a very good Iris breeder, I have always been impressed with the quality of the rhizomes I receive from them. Just found your blog from Hometalk and am having fun looking around.
I live in a city in the high dessert at feet which sounds a little like your climate. Most people who blog about gardening are in more humid areas! I love my Iris and will have to separate them this year. That would take care of that empty space next to them! Thanks for the info. You are welcome and you will fall in love with gardening.
It always made me think that my mother was watching over me. My plant took a beating from the move and I am trying to save these few plants I have left because they mean so much to me.
I have been feeding them miracle grow in hopes it will revive them soon. Can you give me any instructions or ideas to help me save these plants? Thank you for your posts I love following you on here and on Pinterest. First of all Miracle Grow is too high in nitrogen and is not the right choice for Iris. Just make sure they are not buried too deep, get watered and I use bone meal as it is low nitrogen, high in phosphorus, which Iris seem to like.
The site where I get my Iris has a fertilizer specifically formulated for Iris and may be your best bet, though I have not tried it myself.
Shchreiners Gardens…here is the link, I hope it works so you can just click it. I have to remedy that. Thanks for sharing all of your knowledge. You are welcome Joani. Iris are great as they give lots of bang for the buck and are tougher than nails.
Good post…. Dig up sod, ha ha ha…what a waste of time. I just dump a big pile of compost in that area and make a raised bed. I might, but rarely, put down some newspaper or cardboard first but really who even needs that. The deep compost kills out any grass and the worms dig up thru and turn the dirt for me. When I lived in the San Joaquin valley I had Bermuda grass, ugh, that would not die from being buried underneath anything, but neither could you dig it up enough to kill it.
The roots went down 15 feet. My iris only bloomed sparsely this year — definitely time to divide them. Thank you for your video and what kind of fertilizer to use. Mine are going to a new spot in my garden. We used cardboard across the entire small lawn area and killed all the grass. Now we have nonly chips and wonderful low-water native plants.
I live in California where we have a constant drought except lots of rain this year. My neighbor has Bermuda grass that is constantly in my garden. I protected the soil and adjacent plants and just got the foliage.
It seemed to help. I am in Northern Calif and we are still getting rain and snow. I had to contend with Bermuda when I lived near Stockton, it is a pain in the patoot. If you just get the foliage when spraying then Round up is a good choice.
A wide variety of bulbs grow well in Georgia. Most are grown for their flowers and some for their foliage. They are grown as pot plants, in shrub borders, naturalistic plantings and in mass displays. Bulbs offer a certain magic to the landscape virtually unrivaled by other plants.
How to Plant Iris and Do it Right
I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error. July, August and, in some areas, September, is the time to assess the situation in your Bearded Iris garden, and rectify the misunderstanding you might have with Nature. If you are or know of that friend described above, fear not. If you see foliage above the blanket of grass, the Iris can be saved! Read on. Iris Identity: If you have your Iris labeled, you will want to label all of its babies. Prepare tags of some sort to help you keep track of what you are transplanting and where. Digging the clumps: Depending on how densely packed the Iris clump is, you may wish to dig up the entire mass and work on it out of the ground.
Iris Rhizomes Storage – How To Keep Iris Over The Winter
The urge to protect the fragile, the beautiful and the beloved is at the heart of some of the finest actions of humankind as well as some of the most destructive. Like a wise parent, a gardener must distinguish between those charges requiring coddling and those which can and should take care of themselves. The iris Iris spp. The flower, one of the oldest garden perennials, is named for the rainbow-walking Greek goddess, and has long been admired and revered.
The Greek goddess Iris walked a rainbow pathway through the sky and the flower named for her has a rainbow of flower colors. Iris is one of the oldest garden flowers. Iris is often seen as the only remnant of a long since abandoned home. Although the most familiar type of iris is the bearded iris, the genus includes or more species including some North American natives. Species are separated into two major groups - rhizomatous and bulbous. Rhizomes are horizontally growing underground stems that are used as food storage for the plant. The common bearded iris falls into this group as well as the beardless Siberian and Japanese iris. Bulbous irises form a more typical bulb and include Dutch and reticulate iris.
How to Store Iris Rhizomes for the Winter
There are many reasons why people need to learn how to store iris rhizomes. Perhaps you got a great deal on irises late in the season or maybe you received a few from your friend who had divided their irises. Before we look at how to keep iris over the winter, we need to make sure that it is understood that we are talking about storing iris rhizomes in this article. Irises that grow from rhizomes typically have flat, sword-shaped leaves. Proper iris rhizomes storage starts with making sure that the iris rhizomes have been properly dried. After digging them up, trim the leaves back to about 3 to 4 inches long. Also, do not wash the dirt off. Instead, allow the iris rhizomes to sit in the sun for a day or two until the iris rhizomes are dry to the touch.
Saving Overgrown Iris
Flower colors range from pale blue and lemon through deep purple, bronze, rose and gold. Unlike other types of iris that grow from thickened roots called rhizomes, Dutch iris grow from teardrop-shaped bulbs that are planted in fall. Bigger bulbs like the one on the far left contain more stored food energy, which means they will produce a stronger plant with more impressive flowers. If you want to encourage the bulbs to perennialize, choose a planting location where the soil will be hot and dry during the summer months. If the soil in your perennial garden gets hot and dry during the summer months, the bulbs may perennialize.
Flowering Bulbs for Georgia Gardens
Irises are one of the showiest flowers in the spring garden. It's hard to believe that you can plant something that looks like a dehydrated stick and a few months later end up with ruffled blooms that look like butterflies on stems. Although the iris is a low maintenance flower , dividing and transplanting are essential to their long-term health.
Luckily, you can keep your bulbs safely indoors for up to a month with the proper care. This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. Together, they cited information from 16 references.
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