Tips – Growing Iris from Bulbs

Tips – Growing Iris from Bulbs

Its not too late to get Iris into pots, pans or containers.

Iris reticulata

These Iris  bulbs are a series of low growing, early spring flowering plants named after people like George, Natasha, Joyce, Pauline, and Katherine Hodgkin.
Iris reticulata are early flowering Iris that usually appearing from late winter to early spring. The blooms vary from pale blue to deep violet with central yellow splashes down the middle of each petal.

Growing Iris Bulbs The preferred method is to plant the bulbs in October 5-10cm (2-4in) apart at twice their own depth in well-drained, moderately fertile soil in sun or partial shade.
Most types of soil will suffice for one year for these bulbs. The flowers are already inside the bulb waiting to escape.
Divide plants July to September after the narrow leaves have died down. Try growing indoors for early flowering by forcing.

Choose the Right Variety Mixed bulb packs can give you a good show but look for Iris reticulata a bright blue, J S Dyt reddish purple or Natasha white with green veins and a yellow blotch.
Iris danflordiae flowers bright yellow, Iris Histroides ‘George’ flowers are a plum purple and Katherine Hodgkin light blue with yellow crests and dark spots.

Where to Plant Iris will grow well in pots or containers but if you want them to flower successfully the following year they need a deep root run to build up strength 8 inches.
Pot some up to bring into the house when they flower. The dark blue goes well with snowdrops and they flower at about the same time. Iris look good in rockeries and the top of walls.

Iris joker
This group of Katherine Hodgson look good in the sun but there is a Joker in the pack. In this case it is a small pansy called the joker and it adds the orange and deep blue colour almost by accident.

Tip for summer flowering Iris bulbs look for Dutch Iris that grow taller and mke good cut flowers

Useful Links
Finding, growing and breeding new species
BBC Gardeners World – Gardening site of BBC
Royal Horticultural Society

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2 thoughts on “Tips – Growing Iris from Bulbs

  1. I just started growing iris bulbs in my garden a few years ago and cannot get enough of them. I just love their vibrant blooms!

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