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Irises For the Beginner and Beyond


By Bryce Williamson It is exciting to go to an iris show or an iris garden, view all the lovely flowers, and then decide to add modern varieties to the garden. Like most things there is a “however” attached. And for the new-to-iris gardener the “however” is what to acquire.…

via Fifteen Tall Bearded Irises For the Beginner — World of Irises


Author: Schreiner's Iris Gardens

Growing beauty since 1925. Retail and wholesale supplier of high-quality Bearded Iris & Daylilies.

5 thoughts on “Irises For the Beginner and Beyond

  1. I am new to The Iris world and looking for a little help!
    I have a bed of Iris that are finished and bent over totally.! I live in Kansas and it is July!
    I understand that they need to be “bent” for the next season.
    How is this done??


    • Bending the foliage is not really advisable for Iris foliage for they are very fleshy and can rip and do not bend easily. The rhizomes receive their nutrients via the photosynthesis in the leaves all summer, so we recommend trimming away regularly the dead leaves only.


  2. Need help trying to find out why my iris
    Won’t flower. Only flowered the first year they were planted. They have multiplied nicely but no flowers. Not too wet, ( on dry side) well drained. In partial sun.
    What do you think?


    • Hello and thank you for the comment. Lack of bloom can be the result of a variety of factors. The good news is that it sounds like the plants are healthy. Possible reasons for no bloom: not enough sun; poor soil nutrition; overcrowding. You may wish to transplant the Iris this summer to a sunnier location. At the time of replanting, add a low-Nitrogen fertilizer (6-10-10), or bone meal. Fertilize again in the spring around the time the tulips are blooming in your neighborhood. Here is a link to our “How to Grow Iris” page. Let us know if we can be of further assistance.


    • Iris need 6-8 hours of sunlight to bloom. They also need some Nitrogen but if you give them to much you get all leaf and no bloom.


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