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Saving Overgrown Iris


In case you missed this post the first time around, we are posting it again for all gardeners in mind, body and intent… It’s as good a time as any to rescue those Iris!

For the Love of Iris

Nature happens.... Nature happens….

Let’s say a friend told you about this patch of once-lovely Iris which has become completely engulfed by grass… (or maybe that friend is you…) You tell your “friend” that her situation reminds you of something you once read by Sara Stein*: “I appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my perennial border. 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 it’s been a few years (say three to five) since you planted your Iris, it is likely that the clusters have grown, and over-grown, themselves into a large mass of rhizomes 12 to 24 inches wide. If you are (or know of) that…

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Author: Schreiner's Iris Gardens

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3 thoughts on “Saving Overgrown Iris

  1. Thank you for all the wonderful information you email to me. It is very much appreciated. Eva Mancuso Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:01:35 +0000 To:


  2. The iris I bought from you last year are marvelous. The standout was completely unexpected; one of the “Bonus” iris called “Girly Girl” That “girl” put up several stalks and has at least a dozen increases on it! I am contemplating moving it to an area where it can really spread out.
    Also, the variety called “Into the Night” received the People’s Choice award at the Southern California Iris Society show this year. Quite a thrill for me as one new to growing iris. They are truly “instant gratification” plants, rewarding one in only a few months after planting with gorgeous blooms that rival any orchid!
    This year, not only did I receive HUGE healthy rhizomes, but several free gifts, one of which was a brand-new introduction that was NOT offered as a bonus selection. You guys really know how to make your customers smile! Thank you!


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