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daffodils under Siberian irises

Posted by beckybeck VA 7a (My Page) on
Fri, Oct 11, 13 at 16:41

In September I moved peonies so they would be in a sunnier spot and I divided a big clump of Siberian irises and replanted them where the peonies had been. When I did that, I planted some daffodils too. I realize now that was a mistake, as the irises will form a mat of roots that the daffodils can't get through. My plan now is to dig up the daffodils after they finish blooming in the spring and the foiliage dies back some. Will that work or should I dig them up this fall and replant them elsewhere? I don't know how quickly the iris roots form mats.

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RE: daffodils under Siberian irises

How close are the bulbs planted to the Siberians?
In Virginia won't the Siberians go dormant soon?

My daffs already have roots forming so I won't dig until next year.

RE: daffodils under Siberian irises

The bulbs are about 5-6 inches down and they are underneath the newly separated and replanted irises, so they are just under the irises. I cut the tops off the irises when I divided them. I left about 4 inches of stalk and planted them about 5 inches apart. I'm in Virginia, no frost yet. So you think the daffodils will be able to come up? How stressful will it be to the irises when I dig up the daffodils after blooming? I'd be digging one by one with a trowel.

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