Help with New Iris Bed

val1(z4 UT)June 19, 2008

Hello,

I am putting in a iris bed between my driveway and fence this summer and would love any suggestions on how to prepare the bed. It used to be grass but has been neglected and is now mostly weeds. I plan to spray the weeds immediately. I am just waiting for a calm day to avoid drift. I believe irises will do well there because it gets sun most of the day. Right now my irises are in the garden behind the cedars. They are doing great but they are not easily seen unless in the garden (behind the cedar trees). I believe they will be finished blooming in a week. I would appreciate any help you can offer.

Thanks,

Valerie

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bluestarmom(Zone 7)

I too was hoping for some help. I've always had Irises but just kind of grew them with no knowledge about feeding them or their care. I just stuck them in the ground and they grew. I have about 30 varieties ordered and have been trying to get a bed ready for them. Any advice would be appreciated... I guess I'm looking for a mentor. Good luck with your bed.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2008 at 10:40PM
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trish_ca(CA 8)

If you look on the iris websites...Cooleys etc. they will have information on how to grow the irises. I did look up a local iris farm in my area and their advice to is fertilize three times a year...Valentine's Day, Labor Day and Halloween...cute, huh? I think I can remember that.
Anyway, they said irises are heavy feeders...I didn't know that. I think if you find a nursery or an iris farm in your area, they would have good advice on how to grow them in your zone...I am in California so it might be different than say Maine as far as a fertilizing schedule. As far as preparing the bed, I am not sure, but I just add lots of compost, make sure it drains well, add fetilizer to the bed as I turn the soil and make sure it gets a lot of sun! Good luck to you!

    Bookmark   June 22, 2008 at 1:34PM
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