Bloom Season:  Spring, summer

Plant Habit: Upright

Characteristics: Easy care

Water: Medium, light

Height: Various, depending on variety

Exposure: Sun

Varieties available: Iris germanica, 

                                                     Sharp Dressed Man 36", purple

                                                     Edith Wolford 36", blue and yellow

                                                     Stepping Out 30-36" white and purple

                                                     Battle Royal 30- 36" cherry red

                                                     Cajun Rhythm 30-36" apricot-orange

                               Iris pallida albovariegata

                                                    Variegated 2-3' variegated foliage, lavender                                                                                                                       blooms

                               Iris pumila,

                                                   Pink 10-14" pink

                               Iris Sibirica,

                                                  Contrast in Styles  2-3' wine-purple with white                                                                                                                    markings                                

General Information: 


Iris is a genus of flowering plants with over 300 species. These plants are known for their vibrant colors and unique petal patterns. Iris flowers come in a wide range of hues, including shades of purple, blue, yellow, white, and even black. They are also available in various sizes, from miniature dwarf iris to tall bearded iris.

Iris germanica thrive in well-drained soil and require at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. When selecting a location for your iris germanica garden, choose an area that receives ample sunlight and has soil with good drainage. Avoid planting iris in low-lying areas that tend to retain water, as this can lead to root rot for the German Bearded types.

Before planting iris, it is essential to prepare the soil properly. Start by removing any weeds or grass from the planting area. Loosen the soil with a garden fork or tiller to a depth of 12 inches. Mix in organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure, to improve soil fertility and drainage.

Iris plants should be planted in late summer or early fall, allowing them enough time to establish their roots before winter. Dig a hole that is wide and deep enough to accommodate the iris rhizome. Place the rhizome in the hole, making sure the top of the rhizome is level with the soil surface. Backfill the hole and gently firm the soil around the rhizome.

Siberian Iris can stand wetter conditions.

Once planted, iris plants require minimal care. Here are some essential tips to keep your iris plants healthy and thriving:

  • Watering: Iris plants prefer moderate moisture. Water them deeply once a week, especially during dry spells.
  • Fertilizing: Apply a balanced fertilizer, such as a 10-10-10 formula, in early spring before new growth appears.
  • Dividing: Every three to four years, divide overcrowded iris clumps to maintain plant health and promote better blooming.
  • Pest and Disease Control: Monitor your iris plants for pests like iris borers and diseases like leaf spot. Treat any issues promptly to prevent further damage.

Once your iris plants are established, you can look forward to their stunning blooms. Iris flowers typically appear in late spring or early summer, depending on the variety. They make excellent cut flowers and can be used to create beautiful floral arrangements.



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