Re: CULT: when to move bearded iris?
Suzanne--you'll probably get a lot of answers, but here goes anyway--the
only part of the iris that need cutting back after blooming is the spent
bloom stalk--just cut it all the way down to the rhizome. The plant needs
all the leaves it has to keep producing food for itself as it gets ready for
summer dormancy, so don't cut those. You can remove dead leaves anytime,
Barb Mann in Santa Fe
>have finished blooming. Does that mean it is time to cut them back or
>do they start to die back first? This is my first experience with iris.
>Any help is appreciated.
>>From: John I. Jones [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>>Sent: Monday, May 18, 1998 11:11 AM
>>To: Multiple recipients of list
>>Subject: Re: CULT: when to move bearded iris?
>>Cynthia Kermode wrote:
>>-- snip --
>>> Can I safely move each class as it finishes bloom , rather than waiting
>>> textbook July-Aug recommendation for our area? It would help my cause!
>>> Can I divide clumps as usual down to single rhizomes, or should I leave
>>> since I'd be moving slightly out of season?
>>> Help! I need your hand-holding:-)
>>I am sure others will chime in too (Please), but my advice would be to
>>them with as big a root ball as you can. You can really move irises
>>and they will mostly survive. The biggest impact of digging and dividing
>>would be to the bloom for next year. If you dig and divide now, you will
>>interrupt the prime time for growing increases and storing up energy for
>>year. They will have to grow new root systems. That doesn't mean you won't
>>any bloom next year, just that some may be affected. There is (was)
>>the list from New Jersey who routinely digs and divides just after bloom,
>>I have never thought that was best for the irises. With a root ball
>>intact the impact is significantly less.
>>Last summer I had to move some one year clumps that hadn't bloomed during
>>spring. I dug a root ball 12-15 inches in diameter and plopped them into a
>>similar sized hole in their new location. This year you couldn't
>>them from 2 year clumps. 7 and 8 bloomstalks each. They were wowser!
>>If you really have to divide, I'd try the root ball process then in the
>>summer, cut out the old pieces that you don't want without digging the
>>clump, thus preserving as much of the root structure as possible.
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