I have a 5 foot area of small iris's on the southeast corner of my house. I
would like to move then to another area of my yard, when is a safe time to do
this? Is there anything special in moving them? I basically want to thin out
the area so more may bloom next year. They are all done blossoming now. I
only got about 5 flowers out of all the plants. Thanks for any help.
Kirsten in Ohio
I'll tell you how I do it: If they are finished flowering, cut off
everything (stems and leaves) and leave just a couple of inches of
growth above ground.
Dig up the whole thing carefully, and then clean it off with your
hands or some water. Try not to damage the roots too much. Don't
leave the pieces to dry out too long in the sun. Cut them apart with
a sharp knife so you have at least a chunk of rhizome with some leaf
growth on each piece. Some people would put some root stimulator or
anti-fungal stuff on the cut edges. Discard any clearly dead or
Prepare new bed. Replant just below the soil surface like they were
before--not too deep. Sometimes it takes 2 seasons for them to come
I hope this helps,
Cynthia in Zone 3 who is dividing her irises this weekend.
P.S. My husband would do it in 5 minutes with a shovel.
On 15 Jul 2003 13:27:27 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (KatoKirk) wrote:
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