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May 9, 2006
Growing Bearded Iris

Botanical Name:

Iris x hybrid

Life Cycle:

perennial

Planting Time:

mid to late summer or fall

Height:

4" to 48"

Exposure:

full sun

Soil:

average to rich, well-drained soil
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Hardiness:

best for zones 3 to 10 (mulch over winter in coldest zones)

Bloom Time:

summer

Flower:

most colors

Foliage:

greenish-silver, blade-like leaves

Propagation:

division of rhizomes

Suggested Use:

beds, accents, mass plantings, cut flowers and rock gardens

Growing Hints:

Start with purchased plants or bulbs. Bearded Irises are often sold as rhizomes for mid to late summer planting. Plant so that the upper half of the rhizomes is even with or slightly above the soil surface. Divide them in the spring every 3 to 4 years to keep them looking their best.

Interesting Facts:

Bearded Irises are especially susceptible to borers. Symptoms include smelly, rotting rhizomes and larvae snacking on leaves. Giving plants full sun in a well-drained location and making sure irises are planted so rhizomes are on or above the soil surface will help prevent attacks.

Photo by Great Granny Vi

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April 17, 2008

There is no shortage of reasons to fall in love with Bearded Irises. They come in hundreds of stunning colors and color combinations, they grow happily in all but the hottest and coldest zones, they have a tendency to fill out their corner of the flower garden rapidly.

How to Grow Bearded Irises

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March 10, 2005

Some Bearded Irises are re-bloomers. That is they bloom twice or more in the same year. You should get the most for your money by checking before buying.

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Sometimes there is a special one though.

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