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Re: CULT: Dividing Irises.

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] CULT: Dividing Irises.
  • From: "Racheal Nekuda" <lilylvr@kansas.net>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 11:02:46 -0800

I move established clumps all the time in the spring. Sometimes if the iris are happier in the new place they seem to bloom better. I move them as early as the ground will let me and do not tear up the clumps. I try to move them before they set out a new group of roots for spring growth. If the clump is really large it will break when lifted.  Many times these do not bloom and sometimes a few will still bloom.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: storylade@aol.com 
  To: iris-talk@yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Monday, January 21, 2002 4:19 AM
  Subject: Re: [iris-talk] CULT: Dividing Irises.

  In a message dated 1/20/2002 5:48:33 PM Central Standard Time, 
  BigAlligator@aol.com writes:

  << However, they can be divided in the 
  spring, but doing so will sacrifice that season's bloom.

  Unless you remove "chunks" of irises with the soil remaining on the iris 
  roots.  I moved irises in the snow in March of 1986 and had good bloom in 
  May.  We cut a circle around each clump and lifted the entire clump.  We had 
  enough clumps to fill the bed of the pickup for 3 trips.  

  With large clumps you could cut the clumps into quarters and probably still 
  have some bloom.  Iris are forgiving.  However, you can't move "bareroot" 
  iris without sacrificing the bloom.  

  Betty from BG KY USA Zone 6 

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