A successful Iris garden, or any garden for that matter, begins with proper preparation. As we lovingly pack your Iris for shipment, it’s time for you to prepare your beds for planting. Keep these simple tips in mind:
Choose a location: Iris like to bask in the sun. Choose a location for planting that will receive about 6 hours of sun a day. In extremely hot climates, some shade is beneficial, but in most climates Iris do best in full sun.
Prepare the soil: Bearded Iris prefer well-drained soil. Amend heavy soils with Gypsum or other soil conditioners to improve drainage. Planting on a slight slope or in raised beds ensures that the Bearded Iris will not stand in water. In terms of pH, the ideal is 6.8 or slightly acidic. Have your soil analyzed before you take corrective measures regarding pH.
Remove all weeds from the area to be planted, and then cultivate the top 12 inches of the soil in your beds for ease of setting the rhizomes and ensuring proper drainage. Nearly fill a wheelbarrow with one part sand to two parts organic material, such as well-aged garden compost, composted manure, and/or leaf mold, and mix thoroughly. To this add a good balanced-nutrient fertilizer, low in Nitrogen, such as our very own Controlled Release Iris Food. Turn this mixture back into the cultivated soil.
Planting: Iris need to be planted so that the tops of the rhizomes are exposed and roots are spread out facing downward in the soil. Recommended distance to plant rhizomes is 12” to 24” apart.
Good things come in threes, and fives….Make a colorful impact by planting a single variety in threes or fives — an age-old gardening custom that remains true in modern gardens everywhere. Consider the number of rhizomes you’ll be putting in as you prepare your Iris beds. Visit our Online Catalog and Summer Sale to shop multiples of your favorites.