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Caring For Iris Through the Winter

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Happy Holidays from Schreiner's Iris Gardens

Happy Holidays from Schreiner’s Iris Gardens

While we here in the NW seem to have more than our fair share of rain throughout the winter, we realize that some parts of the US have not been receiving their usual amount of moisture this fall and winter. Although bearded Iris are resilient, and typically drought tolerant once established, newly planted Iris do require some regular moisture in order to get established. A recent posting on the American Iris Society blog page, World of Irises, covers the topic of drought and Iris very nicely. Rather than reinvent the wheel, we direct our readers to that post. If you don’t already, you might consider following that blog.

As the temperatures drop below freezing, you can mound a winter protection around your Irises. We recommend straw, evergreen branches or leaves. The key with winter protection is to remove it when the weather begins to warm again in the spring. Winter protection can help prevent heaving out the rhizomes caused by repeated freezing and thawing that happens throughout the winter.

We wish all of you a happy, healthy holiday season and prosperous and healthy new year!

May you find peace and fulfillment in gardening! The Schreiner Family

P.S. Gift Certificates! Although you can’t send Iris to your loved ones and favorite gardeners in December, you can send them a gift certificate for Schreiner’s Iris Gardens now and all throughout the year! To be sure your Gift Certificates arrive on time, order early.

Schreiner's Display Gardens February 2011

Schreiner’s Display Gardens February 2011

Author: Schreiner's Iris Gardens

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9 thoughts on “Caring For Iris Through the Winter

  1. when to fertilize bearded iris, and with what?

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  2. Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on websites I stumble upon every day.

    It will always be helpful to read through articles from other authors and practice a little something
    from their websites.

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  3. Excellent post. I used to be checking constantly this blog and I am impressed!
    Very useful information specially the final section 🙂 I care for such information a
    lot. I was seeking this particular information for a long time.
    Thank you and best of luck.

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  4. What about using wood chips as a mulch for winter protection? I have plenty of wood chips

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    • Hello William, Apologies for the late reply. But as we think ahead to the coming winter, it can’t hurt to begin planning our winter protection. Yes, wood chips can be a good winter cover for Iris. Be sure to clear them away when spring arrives, though. However, by wood chips we are not referring to bark dust. We don’t recommend bark dust. Evergreen branches and straw also make good winter protection. Even mounding up extra soil over the tops of the rhizomes can offer protection. Any type of winter protection needs to be cleared away after the hard frosts have passed.

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  5. Happy Holidays to all Iris gardeners. Want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone at Schreiner’s for their hard work and magnificent Iris. Last growing season was just spectacular. I was the envy of the whole neighborhood. My Iris were gigantic. The leaves were like swords. Not sure if it is my soil, the bone meal or the osmocote. The hardest part for growing Iris is keeping the beds free of weeds. Again, my Thanks for everyone at Schreiner’s.

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  6. Happy Holidays To everyone At Schreiner`s, I can hardly wait til spring to see my Iris bloom. I love your Iris!!!

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