Form: Herbaceous perennial
Hardiness Zone: 4-9
Flower Color: Purple/white
Foliage type: Flat, linear, vein-less, upright, grass-like in appearance
Bloom time: June
Height: 30 inches
Spread: 36 inches
Light requirements: Full sun
Plant depth: Shallow hole with root crown a half inch above soil line
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Irises need at least half a day of sun and well-drained soil. Without enough sun, they won’t bloom. They prefer fertile, neutral to slightly acidic soil. If your soil is very acidic, sweeten it with a bit of lime, and forbear summer watering, which can lead to rot.
The best time to plant iris is May - September. This allows enough time for the flowers to become established before winter. Soil drainage is very important. Loosen the soil with a tiller or garden fork to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost.
Irises have rhizomes (fleshy roots) that should be partially exposed, or thinly covered with soil in hot climates. Plant rhizomes singly or in groups of three with the fans outermost, 1 to 2 feet apart, depending on the size. Dig a shallow hole 10 inches in diameter and 4 inches deep. Make a ridge of soil down the middle and place the rhizome on the ridge, spreading roots down both sides. Fill the hole with soil and firm it gently. Top-dress with a low-nitrogen fertilizer and water thoroughly.
After 2 to 5 years, when clumps become congested or lose vitality and stop blooming, divide and replant sound rhizomes in fresh soil. The best time to replant irises is soon after bloom. Transplant them to places where they will have “wet feet, but dry knees.” When transplanting, cut foliage back to 2–3 inches in length. This will allow the rhizomes to properly re-establish themselves in their new location.
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