The sun worshiper in the garden
The iris basically occurs in various subspecies, which have very different care needs in terms of moisture at the location. However, all iris species need a location that is as sunny as possible in order to thrive. If you plant the iris in a place that is too shady in your garden, it can certainly multiply. However, if there is too little sunlight, it will rarely produce a satisfactory number of flowers.
- The iris outdoors: hardy or not?
- The iris in the garden: the right location for the respective variety
- The iris in the garden: what to do in autumn
The thing about transplanting
Smaller species of the iris with delicate flowers often still produce numerous flowers even after many years in the same location. However, if you cannot spot any flowers of the irises in your garden during flowering, then it may be time to transplant the rhizomes. To do this, dig up the bulbous rhizomes in autumn to divide them. Use the younger side shoots above all and plant them in loosened subsoil.
The right care and the optimal surface
When planting the iris, make sure that the soil is as loose as possible and does not tend to become waterlogged. Do not insert the rhizomes too deeply, but so that they protrude a few centimeters from the ground. Since the iris usually gets along well on poor soil, fertilization is rarely necessary for the flowers to develop. As care you can:
- Cut off the faded inflorescences a hand's breadth above the ground
- Loosen the soil around the plants flat with a suitable tool
- Use deposited compost for gentle fertilization and work it into the soil when hoeing
Tips & Tricks
Iris can take a break from blooming immediately after dividing. On the other hand, freshly transplanted specimens usually bloom all the more splendidly in the second or third year of standing.