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Dividing iris in the spring

Posted by bean_counter_z4 Zone 4, Rkfd,IL (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 30, 10 at 10:02

We have a fund raising plant sale May 8. I'd like to dig and donate a lot of tall bearded iris. Will bare root iris transplant well at that time of year? I don't want to see anyone get plants that aren't in prime condition.

On the same subject what about Siberian iris? Should they be potted up now for the sale?

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RE: Dividing iris in the spring

Siberian do fine dug, divided and potted now. Bearded iris are very different beasts. While I don't expect you would kill them by dividing and barerooting them, they do better potted.

BTW, if your plant sale is anything like mine, it's almost impossible to sell mystery iris. NOIDs are fine to long as they are blooming, or come with a description.

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